Cultural connections: Conserving the diversity of place

The built environment is dynamic, reacting to and influenced by transient people and populations that shape places through cultural change. Over time such change has helped create, adapt and shape the multi-layered and diverse historic environment that we have inherited, and that we now have a duty to preserve for future generations.


The day school will explore how we can develop our understanding of how cultural change has influenced development in the past and the contribution that it makes to the significance of heritage assets. Is there a requirement for heritage conservation to maintain and enhance this cultural change within the built environment, while also allowing for continuous shaping of place? And to what extent can the conservation of heritage assets contribute towards creating sustainable and successful places in which to live?


Norwich will provide the perfect venue to explore these questions further and to provide a base to discover Norfolk’s own cultural connections. During the medieval period Norwich was England’s second city and its mercantile wealth allowed it to become one of the great heritage cities of Europe. However its role as a social, economic and cultural engine at this time was far more dramatic and enshrined its ‘cultural connections’.



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