You will study six core modules:
Critical Approaches to Heritage
This module seeks to introduce the core values of heritage and looks at the evolving national and international charters and systems that underpin the delivery of heritage protection. It looks at heritage in all its forms: tangible and intangible, official and unofficial and critically examines how heritage works and happens.
Heritage Conservation Management
Everyone responsible for a part of the heritage is working with a finite resource which must be managed appropriately to ensure its long term survival. Key concepts such as stewardship and sustainability are considered in this module. The premise that creative conservation can only be achieved through economic viability and accountability runs through the sessions. Core training is provided in conservation and planning legislation, visitor management, integrated management of historic properties, collections management and carrying capacity.
Heritage Management Practice
This module aims to outline the range of practical and professional skills that are required in running a heritage site. It looks at the issues surrounding financial management and fundraising, the management of people, including staff and volunteers as well the wider national and international context of museum charging, arts sponsorship, and external funding. The module also covers the marketing of heritage sites, including the increasing importance of digital media and social networking. Assessment is through the creation of a feasibility study for a new heritage attraction.
Heritage Proseminar in Research Methods
This proseminar introduces students to the core faculty of the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (CHAMP), each of whom will deliver a seminar, sequentially week by week. Each professor will use his/her research to present the heritage issue investigated and how that project was conducted. This module will engage you with the process of research and the specific tools and approaches that researchers may use in the field of heritage. You will be introduced to qualitative research methods in anthropology, social archaeology, architecture, landscape architecture, heritage law, tourism, consumer studies, museum studies, informatics, and archives.
Heritage Management in Living Communities
This module will consider heritage in living communities around the world. The focus is on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in its official and unofficial forms, and addresses the performative domain of heritage deeply embedded in dynamic cultural practices, thereby presenting a management conundrum. Theory is balanced with case studies, many drawn from case studies in Peru and Cambodia, that illustrate how heritage works and happens, including its conflicts. The evolution of ICH legislation is critically examined against on-the-ground realities. Included in the course coverage are the stakeholders at World Heritage sites, particularly the communities in proximity to these sites or with a cultural claim to such places.
Heritage and Regeneration
Around the world architectural heritage is being used as a driver of urban regeneration. This module proposes a new and invigorating vision of urbanism, architectural design, and urban revitalisation in twenty-first-century America. Culling transformative ideas from the realms of cultural heritage, historic preservation, sustainability, ecological urbanism, and the innovation economy, the module presents a holistic vision for reviving decayed and largely depopulated industrial cities as well as stagnant non-industrial cities on the basis of restoration of their tangible and related intangible cultural heritage. The course emphases culture as a driver of regeneration and the concept of the creative economy. Examples are drawn mostly from the U.S., with additional case studies from England and China.
Please note that the optional modules listed on the website for this programme are intended to be indicative, and the availability of optional modules may vary from year to year. Where a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you to make other choices.