New Approaches to the Past: Methodological Innovation in Heritage Research

28 September 2012

Sculpture at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

A new seminar series in cultural heritage, public archaeology, conservation and museum studies is being launched by the Institute's Heritage Studies Section and the Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies.

The weekly programme of this ongoing series addressing cutting-edge research will include talks by invited guest speakers as well as original papers from those teaching across heritage studies at UCL. The broad aim of the series is to encourage inter-disciplinary debate and discussion to help direct the future critical study and practice of heritage. To this end, seminars in the autumn term will contribute towards the theme ‘innovative methodologies’, looking at novel and perhaps unusual ways to define and undertake heritage research. Aware that such studies can extend beyond the disciplinary boundaries of mainstream heritage, guest speakers will demonstrate a diverse range of expertise and interests, from cultural geography and photography to architecture and film.

The Heritage Studies Section and UCL Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies are committed to the notion that critical heritage studies must be open to such multifaceted research areas - and the methodological tools they incorporate - if it is to remain a meaningful and ethical force in twenty-first century life. This seminar series will provide a platform for such work.


Seminars take place on Wednesdays 5-7pm in Room 412, Institute of Archaeology and all are welcome.

Any enquiries about the series may be directed to Colin Sterling and Eleni Vomvyla.