Centre for Critical Heritage Studies


Fistral Beach, Cornwall (Photo credit: Sefryn Penrose)


Heritage and science

Conservation science has been at the core of heritage studies since their very inception. What is meant by conservation in different cultural settings and the way science sustains a universal approach to heritage value has come under scrutiny. We intend to follow this further as well as recognise that during the last 5-10 years we have witnessed a science turn within humanities and social sciences.

The impact of studies of ancient DNA on understanding past and contemporary population change and migration, the increasing importance of Big Data, e.g. digital humanities, as well as other new science based analytical methodologies, such as network analysis will likely have a profound effect upon future directions of research, and therefore should also be the subject of critical analysis.

Two themes

  • Science in humanities and historical studies
  • Science in conservation and heritage management