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Centre for Critical Heritage Studies

Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (Illustration by Kristina Edgren)

The Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS) is a collaborative international, interdisciplinary research centre, jointly run between the University of Gothenburg  and UCL.

It operates at UCL as an inter-faculty research centre led by the Institute of Archaeology and supported by the Institute of Advanced Studies.

It involves researchers from across the University including the departments of Anthropology, Archaeology, Information Studies, and the UCL Urban Laboratory.

Funding for the Centre was awarded for six years from April 2016 by the University of Gothenburg Centers for Global Societal Challenges call for research centre funding.

The Centre’s remit is to respond to the challenges posed by heritagization processes and globalization, including the hegemony of ‘North Atlantic universals’ in heritage policy and practice.

Research Themes

The centre is conducting joint research, initially under five main thematic areas:

  • Making global heritage futures
  • Embracing the archive - critical archival and digital humanities studies cluster
  • Curating the city - transdisciplinary approaches in urban settings
  • Heritage and wellbeing
  • Heritage and science

Alongside the thematic research areas, the Heritage Academy aims to be a bridge between the academic world and the surrounding society, in line with UCL’s commitment to strengthening dialogue between research and practice.

Small Grants

CCHS invites applications from UCL academic staff or doctoral/postdoctoral students to its Small Grants Scheme, which funds projects that lead to or support collaborative research on critical heritage studies.

Funding of up to £2000 per application is available per project. In very exceptional circumstances we may consider applications up to £4000. There is no minimum limit for awards.

Proposals are particularly invited that:

  • involve collaboration between staff based in different UCL departments, and/or utilise cross-disciplinary approaches;
  • aim to achieve research impact (through scholarly output, public engagement, influence on policy and practice, knowledge transfer or similar);
  • aim to prepare the ground for new, extended research projects (including grant applications).

Applications should show how the proposal contributes to the themes of existing CCHS research (if applicable), or alternatively, how it expands and contributes to the development of new themes or areas of research in critical heritage studies at UCL.

Further details


  • Centre for Critical Heritage Studies Inaugural Annual Lecture: David Lowenthal in Conversation - 2 October 2017
  • Centre for Critical Heritage Studies Lecture Series 2017-18: Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum - 28 November 2017