BEFS Advocacy Workshop

9 February 2017

This workshop will look at advocacy for the built environment in the run up to the local elections in May 2017. We will be looking at BEFS newly developed advocacy toolkit and hear about the achievements and challenges of Museums Galleries Scotland’s advocacy campaign from their Relationships and Partnerships Development Manager, Devon McHugh.

The workshop will also be an opportunity to hear what works and what doesn’t. We will be joined by former Labour MSP Sarah Boyack and Conservative Councillor Joanna Mowat, who will share their experiences of being on the receiving end of advocacy.

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Decolonising Geographical Knowledges

29 August – 1 September 2017


In this session, we wish to place under scrutiny the contested values which undergird heritage and landscape inventorising and conservation in the postcolonial city. Our specific focus is upon cities whose histories are inextricably wound up with imperial projects, past and present. This could include cities in colonial or metropolitan heartlands whose affluence, landscapes, and built heritage were shaped by colonialism and cities in colonial peripheries caught up in colonisation and bearing the stamp of colonial power, anti-colonial struggles, and decolonisation.  In part, we wish to examine how colonial heritages are valued in these city landscapes in the context of neoliberal mega-development projects and place branding.  Cultural and historical critiques of city marketing have questioned the ways in which local histories are often appropriated, silenced, and sanitised as part of an attempt to rebrand and repackage cities for new ‘consumers’. With specific respect to the marketing of the postcolonial city and to neoliberal mega-development projects therein, we are keen to explore which stories are told, which not, who gets to decide, and what this all means for landscape preservation and heritage management.
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Heritage, Place, Design: Putting Tradition into Practice

5 – 6 July 2017
Milan, Italy

2017’s Milan conference will investigate methodologies of representation, communication, and valorisation of Historic Urban Landscapes and cultural heritage but also placemaking and local identity enhancement.

The conference will promote holistic and multidisciplinary approaches to design which are adapted to meet the challenges of tomorrow, and which support the unique heritage, cultural landscapes and communities that have been developed by local traditions around the world. Participants will share case studies and current practice on the documentation of settlements that should be preserved, focusing on innovative solutions, design challenges in placemaking and identity conservation, cultural issues in heritage assessment, and the technical and craft expression of culture. Critical to the presentation of case studies and current practice will be the use of drawing as a tool for design and creativity.

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Public Inquiry Workshop

8 – 10 March 2017

This course will take the form of a practical workshop carefully designed to improve the performance of anyone who might be called upon to participate in a Public Inquiry concerned with the historic environment.

The aims will be to present the terms of procedure, the roles of the participants and the general feel of a Public Inquiry. A mock Public Inquiry will be mounted using a genuine case study. Training for potential witnesses will be given in how to prepare evidence for a Public Inquiry, how to produce proofs of evidence, and to experience them being given and tested under realistic conditions.

Before the course you will receive a study pack including a guide to the preparation of evidence. You will be allocated a role to play in the Inquiry and asked to prepare a proof of evidence to fit this role.

Active participation in the course will be limited to 14 participants. You will be asked to indicate your area of interest or expertise in advance of the course so that roles can be appropriately assigned.

There will be a limited number of places available for observers who do not wish to play an active part. Observers will receive the study pack, attend the sessions and participate in the Inquiry as members of the public. The Inquiry will be videotaped to allow an analysis and feedback to be given on the final day.

Please note that the Wednesday evening session may extend beyond 9pm, so we recommend that all participants book a residential place or arrange accommodation near Oxford.

Because of the need to do preparatory work before the course, the closing date for applications will be Friday 3 February 2017.

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Conference 2017: Health & Heritage

22 – 24 March 2017

The Health and Heritage international conference will take place at Quay Place – an innovative new wellbeing centre in a church building on the historic Ipswich docklands – in March 2017.  Organised in partnership with Suffolk Mind and Future for Religious Heritage, the conference will bring together leading professionals in the mental health, heritage and museum sectors.  In a series of talks, challenging discussions and workshops, Health and Heritage will foster lively debate to inspire much needed action on heritage conservation as a positive force for healthy, productive communities. It will provide researchers, practitioners, community activists and policymakers with practical tools and resources, and allow them to develop networks, to empower new projects that address both health and heritage agendas.

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