UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


2015 marks 10 years of our MSc in Sustainable Heritage

31 March 2015

May Paul Tadj

On Wednesday 25 March 2015 we hosted a 10th anniversary celebration for the Sustainable Heritage MSc at UCL in the beautiful surroundings of The Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London, UK. 

In the rapidly changing world of heritage and museums, it is essential to develop multi-skilled, quality heritage managers who combine a broad knowledge of heritage issues with practical expertise in the care of our global heritage. For over 10 years, the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, formally the Centre for Sustainable Heritage, has successfully delivered world-leading postgraduate courses promoting the sustainable care of heritage sites and collections.

Professor May Cassar, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Heritage said. “I am proud of the novel pedagogy in which the MSc in Sustainable Heritage brings together practical hands-on experience with theoretical explanations of what heritage is, whom it is for and why it is conserved. In addition, our holistic approach to heritage as an assembly, comprising objects, buildings, landscapes and intangible meanings from a social, cultural, environmental and economic perspective is something of which I am really proud. But most of all, I am incredibly proud of the growing numbers of alumni worldwide. You are the embodiment of the fine principles that we have sought to communicate.  You are delivering more than what we had dreamt to achieve a decade ago.  Thank you for making heritage truly sustainable”.

Alumni and friends of the Institute were invited to help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the programme, attending a full day agenda of interesting presentations and taking part in Q&A discussion.

Along with May Cassar, speaking at the celebration event were: Kenneth Gambin, Chief Executive of Heritage Malta; Kalliopi Fouseki, Director for the MSc in Sustainable Heritage at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage; Pakhee Kumar, Project Manager at Treasure Caretaker Training - Digital Monastery Project; Stephanie Hall, Project Manager at the National Trust; Tudor Pop, Associate Director at CBRE; Tanya Szendeffy, Senior Conservation and Design Officer at Islington Council; Isabel Assaly, Regeneration Manager at The Churches Conservation Trust; Rob Woodside, Head of Conservation for the National Trust London & South East region; Michael Murray, Development Manager at the Heritage Lottery Fund; Aoife  Hurley, Conservation Architect at Office of Public Works Conservation Section and Paul Bloxham, UK Heritage Underwriting Director at Ecclesiastical Insurance. 

The MSc is right to be proud of its achievements which have been well demonstrated through the success of our Alumni.   Here’s to the second decade of this progressive and compelling Masters course!