Institute of Archaeology


People Based Conservation

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.

Research Impact

Related outputs

  • 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