Newcastle University has many staff who work on heritage from across a whole range of disciplines (including humanities, arts, social sciences, engineering, IT and medicine). Its staff members are renowned experts who have published widely on a uniquely diverse range of research interests and have undertaken many international research, consultancy, training, and engagement projects.

The field of heritage studies is in a moment of rapid development because of research funders’ priority areas (especially RCUK and EU), its importance for global, national, and local societal challenges, and the emergence of large international subject specialist membership groups (e.g. the Association for Critical Heritage Studies). It also overlaps with well-established fields such as Museology, Public History, Uses of the Past, Historical Consciousness, Archaeology, and Memory Studies, and is practiced by scholars from multiple disciplines, from area studies to physical and medical scientists.

Our aim at Newcastle University is to provide an inclusive platform that avoids disciplinary and field compartmentalizing. Rather, we bring multiple approaches to heritage into productive relation, in order to address the most critical and pressing questions about our relations with the past.