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World Heritage Sites are the common heritage of humanity, managed to promote peace and understanding. How long should they last?

UNESCO’s World Heritage Site status is one of the best known heritage designations. Established early in the work of UNESCO it aims to promote peace and international understanding through shared culture. But it also creates futures that include these places, our places. The practices involved in World Heritage Site management are complex and technical but the aims of the programme are cultural and subtle. How do these two come together in future making?



Afterlives Salon


This salon to accompany the current Octagon exhibition Cabinets of Consequence will explore how heritage and other related forms of conservation practices (including nuclear waste management) make futures.  How do we use material culture to stitch futures from pasts? What do we conserve? What do we get rid of? What do we allow to change? This Salon will be staged as a series of conversations across various themes currently being explored within the Heritage Futures research programme,Event held at Haldane Room, Wilkins Building , Gower Street WC1

Rodney Harrison
Cornelius Holtorf
Caitlin DeSilvey
Sefryn Penrose
Sarah May
Jennie Morgan
Nadia Bartolini
Antony Lyons
Kyle Lee Crossett


Nuclear Waste Management
Deep Space Messaging
World Heritage Site Management
Natural Heritage Management
Built Heritage Management
Cultural Diversity