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Multimethod Approaches to Heritage in the Crossfire


An inter-disciplinary workshop on managing heritage in conflict zones


23-24 May 2019


Institute of Archaeology, University College London


As part of a collaboration with UWE Bristol and the Victoria and Albert Museum, the UCL Institute of Archaeology will be hosting a two-day workshop bringing together specialists from physical geography, conservation, archaeology, and heritage management agencies to discuss practical approaches to managing built heritage in active conflict zones. Focusing primarily on the Middle East and North Africa, the workshop will feature keynote presentations from scholars representing legislative, military, and material conservation approaches to heritage, as well as papers featuring detailed case studies. A substantial portion of the workshop will be given over to round table discussions aimed at comparing the application of diverse methods for the mitigation, salvage, and rehabilitation of built heritage. The workshop will conclude on 24 May with a public panel discussion (featuring some workshop participants) at the Victoria and Albert Museum, hosted by the V&A Culture in Crisis Programme.

The goal of this workshop is to foster an inter-disciplinary network of scholars and practitioners interested in bringing practical solutions to bear on pressing social and material issues surrounding heritage in conflict; as such we hope to use this event to build an online hub of research and connectivity that will facilitate future collaboration. We further encourage students to attend the presentations where possible.


Attendance fee: None, food and admission free by invitation

Please contact Rachel King with any questions and to RSVP

Institute of Archaeology

31-34 Gordon Square


London WC1H 0PY

Closest Tube: Euston, Euston Square


Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road


London SW7 2RL

Closest Tube: South Kensington


Thursday 23 May


09:30 - 10:00       Registration

10:00 - 13:00       Small scale damage and illicit trade

14:00 - 16:45       Localised and partial destruction of sites

Friday 24 May

09:30 - 12:30       Large scale destruction and the global theatre

13:30 - 15:30       Themed workshops (attendees sign up during registration)

16:00 - 16:30       Round table discussion

18:00 - 20:00      Public panel discussion at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum evening event

Culture in Crisis: Mixing Methodologies in Heritage Preservation

Join us to investigate the variety of organisations involved in this process and the differing practical approaches to heritage preservation they adopt. From museums and universities, government and NGOs, a growing number of organisations are working in the name of ‘preservation’ - but often from differing disciplines and perspectives. With panelists drawn from different branches of the heritage field, we investigate how priorities differ and procedures diverge when conducting these projects.

  • Friday, 24 May 2019

  • 18.00 – 19.30

  • Hochhauser Auditorium

  • Free event

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