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Heritage Futures: From the Vault to the Archive

9 March 2016

Heritage Futures (logo)

The Heritage Futures project, led by Rodney Harrison, is running the first in a series of knowledge exchange workshops that seek to examine future-making practices by practitioners and policy makers.

'From the Vault to the Archive: Architectures, Technologies and Techniques of ex situ Conservation', hosted by project partners SKB, will involve a series of site-based tours, workshops and talks in Forsmark and Stockholm, Sweden from 8-10 March 2016. Forsmark currently operates as a repository for short-term radioactive waste but it is also the proposed site of the final repository for waste that is to last at least 100,000 years.

The overall aim of the event is to explore the potential of knowledge exchange to inform long-term conservation practice, set within the broader aims of the Heritage Futures project which seeks to explore innovative solutions to shared conservation issues across natural and cultural heritage practice.

Around 25 academics and practitioners have been invited to the event and have been asked to bring an object (or a representation of an object) that they would like to see included in a 100ky repository. Over the three days, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on and discuss the site and the objects and to share their knowledge of research and practice relating to different repositories in order to develop new and innovative viewpoints and perspectives.

Keynotes by Jon Lomberg of the One Earth Message (OEM) Project and Martin Kunze of Memory of Mankind project will allow the participants to consider how these different sites and projects assemble long term futures through ex-situ conservation.

In addition, Jon Lomberg will give an associated public lecture at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm on 10 March entitled Becoming Galactic - The One Earth Message: a Selfie of Earth for New Horizons.

The workshops will also mark the launch of the new Heritage Futures project website.  The project is distinctive in its comparative approach which aims to bring heritage conservation practices of various forms into closer dialogue with the management of other material and virtual legacies such as nuclear waste management as well as in its exploration of different forms of heritage as distinctive future-making practices.