Save the date // ACHS-UK annual event // 03 & 04 July 2018 Newcastle University // Heritage Encounters

Save the date!

We are pleased to announce that the UK ACHS chapter will be holding an event in Newcastle upon Tyne on 3 and 4 July 2018.

The event will include panel discussions, workshops and debates on heritage and its futures.

On 03 July we start with an early evening Keynote by Elizabeth Crooke, Professor of Museum and Heritage Studies  (Ulster University) and a dinner.

On the 4th we start the day with a Keynote by Rodney Harrison – Professor of Heritage Studies (UCL) and AHRC Heritage Leadership Fellow, followed by sessions with the themes: 1) belongings, 2) dialogues, and 3) futures.

More details will follow, registration is now open on Eventbrite!

The theme of the conference is ‘Heritage Encounters’, and we are part of a wider set of events in light of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and the conference coincides with the Great Exhibition of the North.

Event Location: Culture Lab. Photo by John Donoghue


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.

Online via Heritage@Newcastle Network website.

UK Chapter of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies

The UK Chapter of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies is a national network of scholars, researchers and practitioners working in the broad and interdisciplinary field of critical heritage studies. It is a subset of the international ACHS, whose ‘primary aim is to promote heritage as an area of critical enquiry’. The UK Chapter was inspired by the ACHS inaugural conference at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2012, which convened over 400 heritage researchers and professionals from around the world.

The UK Chapter promotes UK heritage as an area of critical enquiry and supports dialogue and networking between researchers, practitioners and activists from different fields and disciplinary backgrounds.

Membership is free and members are invited to use this site to share information and ideas related to the field of critical heritage. Events will be held to bring members together. The Chapter aims to hold bi-annual national conferences and regional workshops to focus on specific topics in the years between the international events.

Online via the UK ACHS Chapter website and on Twitter @achsukchapter.

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