UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


VIRTUAL EVENT: Sustainable digital heritage - what is it and why should we care?

27 May 2020, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm

Photo shows the hands of God & Adam from Michelangelo's Creation of Adam separated on a computer screen.

Thank you to everyone that joined us for this virtual guest lecture - the webinar is now available to watch in full below.

This event is free.

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About this lecture

Digital heritage has been educating, inspiring and cheering up millions throughout the COViD crisis – from a growing number of virtual museum tours to the ingenious interpretations of classic artworks of the #tussenkunstenquarantine trend.

As the importance of digital presence continues to gain momentum as a response to the present crisis, this talk will discuss longer-term sustainability of digital in heritage, the complexity of its varied manifestations and how we might move towards more sustainable and harmonious digital futures. 

In particular, this talk will highlight areas other than technology that should not be overlooked as we go forward – from governance and policy to skills development and the importance of embracing innovation and partnerships.

Virtual event details

This virtual lecture will consist of a 45 minute presentation from Maja Maricevic, followed by a 15 minute Q&A chaired by Prof Richard Sandford.

About the speaker

Maja Maricevic is Head of Higher Education and Science at the British Library, responsible for development of strategic relationships, policy and partnerships with higher education and science sectors. She is also responsible for developing the Library’s relationship with the Alan Turing Institute.

Maja’s research focuses on the research functions in heritage organisations – how these organisations support research, how have such functions developed over time, their future and key enabling policies as well as barriers. This also includes different aspects of digital research and infrastructures and policies that underpin them. Maja is currently Co-Investigator on the Living with Machines project, a five-year collaborative project between the Alan Turing Institute and the British Library, investigating history of the Industrial Revolution using data-driven approaches.

Maja is an Advisory Board Member for the Arts and Humanities Research Council and a Board member of the Knowledge Quarter. She has previously worked in universities, government departments and as a professional consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers.