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.
- Sully, D.M. (2015). Conservation theory and practice: Materials, values, and people in heritage conservation. In McCarthy, C. (Ed.), Volume 2: Museum Practice: Critical Debates in the Museum Sector.. Wiley.
- Sully, D. & Cardoso, I. (2014) Painting Hinemihi by Numbers.
- Sully, D.M., Raymond, R., Hoete, A. (2013). Locating Hinemihi's People.
- 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