Heritage Studies is a new but increasingly important discipline that offers a rich variety of research opportunities, especially in collaboration with the University’s Cultural Heritage Learning Hub.


Work in conflict studies, for example, examines the cultural heritage of battlefields or the often dissonant heritage of the Second World War or our colonial past. Heritage and museum studies, whether carried out in Birmingham or at our partner organisation, Ironbridge Institute, overlaps with other fields of study outside of archaeology including obviously history but also social sciences, cultures, tourism and economic research, exploiting to the full the tendency for archaeologists to explore other disciplines to understand human cultures.

Heritage Studies encompasses research into the built environment of all types, and their conservation, themes that inform research particularly in the area of industrial archaeology.