20th Oct 2016 - 21st Oct 2016
The very concept of what constitutes ‘heritage’ has witnessed a profound transformation in recent decades, a trend that is set to continue. This is set against a background of profound changes to society, the economy, technology and the environment. How these drivers will influence cultural heritage in the coming decades, and how heritage site managers can adapt to such changes are underlying themes of this symposium.
Heritage sites are facing an unprecedented threat. The long-term erosion of funding sources coupled with the current economic climate has the potential to change the heritage landscape. Heritage sites and their managers are coming under increasing pressure from funders to measure their benefit to society, to add value to their offerings and to increase self-sustainability. All this comes at a time when resources for assessing impact are under threat and the scope of impact becomes ever more diverse. And yet, as ever, there is little evidence for the impact of heritage on the community and society.
The Future of Heritage 2016 symposium brings together speakers from three continents to explore the meaning and value of heritage, strategies for sustainability and how societal, economic, technological and environmental changes are likely to influence heritage in the coming decades. The symposium will bring together theoretical, conceptual and practical perspectives and provide a bridge between academic and practitioner viewpoints. The Future of Heritage 2016 will provide an opportunity for key stakeholders – practitioners, academics, policy makers, heritage strategists, heritage technologists and marketing professionals – to share and shape the latest thinking on the direction of heritage studies.