People Based Conservation

UCL students conducting a conservation assessment of Hinemihi at Clandon Park

Participation in conservation of the historic environment

This research seeks to critique both the traditional “material based approach” of Western conservation and its transition to “values based approaches”. In doing so it seeks to reconceptualise conservation with a further shift towards a “peoples based approach” to conserving culture in the historic environment. This utilises a participatory process that focuses on enhancing links between a community and its cultural heritage. Hinemihi, the Maori meeting house at Clandon Park, UK, provides a key case study for this research.

'Hinemihi's People' at the Noho Marae at Hinemihi in 2010
Digital reconstruction of Hinemihi's 1880s painted deisgn (Ralston, 2008)

Research Impact

Related outputs

  • Sully, D., & Raymond, R. (forthcoming) Being with Hinemihi – Memories and Contemporary Negotiations in UK Maori & Polynesian Diaspora.
  • Sully, D. & Cardoso, I. (forthcoming) Painting Hinemihi by Numbers.
  • Sully, D. (forthcoming) “Resources: Conservation” in C. McCarthy (ed.) Volume 4: Museum Practice: Critical Debates in the Museum Sector. Part of 5 volume Blackwell series; International handbooks of museum studies
  • Sully, D. (forthcoming) “Conserving the Cobbe Collectors”. in The Cobbe Museum Collection. Ed. Arthur Macgregor (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art)
  • Sully, D. 2007 (ed.) Decolonising Conservation: Caring for Maori Meeting Houses Outside New Zealand University College London, Institute of Archaeology Publications. Critical Perspectives on Cultural Heritage Series. Left Coast Press Walnut Creek, California


  • Various funding sources including the National Trust

Project Leader:

Project Partners:

  • Ngäti Ranana
  • Ngäti Hinemihi
  • New Zealand Historic Places Trust
  • National Trust


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