We are excited to announce that the ACHS newsletter will include book reviews of works relevant to the broad field of Critical Heritage Studies.  These will include research in heritage studies, archaeology, folklore, historic preservation, cultural studies, and other allied disciplines.  We hope that the reviews will provide our members with insights into the growing and maturing field of heritage studies; spark discussion on related issues and disciplines; and introduce readers to topics and subjects they may not previously have thought about. To coordinate the reviews, the Executive Committee has appointed Dr Edward Salo, Arkansas State University to serve as our book review editor.  Ed has experience in both Cultural Resources Management industry and academia, including several international projects.

We look forward to making this a regular highlight of our future newsletters, and rely on all our members to be involved.

Seeking reviewers and books

The book review section will rely on members of the Association contributing reviews. This will be facilitated in two ways; by developing a list of potential reviewers, and by advertising books we have received for review on the ACHS website.

If you are interested in registering as a reviewer for the ACHS newsletter please email Edward Salo.  Please include a brief description of your research interests, qualifications, and areas of expertise so that you can be matched with relevant books. Edward will respond with a timetable for review and organise to have the books sent to you.

The list of books we have available for review include:

  • Grove, L., and Thomas, S., 2014, Heritage Crime: Progress, Prospects and Prevention. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Thomas, S., and Lea, J., 2014, Public Participation in Archaeology. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.

  • Smith, J.K., 2014, The Museum Effect: How museums, libraries, and cultural institutions educate and civilize society. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

  • Harvey, D.R., and Mahard, M.R., 2014, The Preservation Management Handbook: A 21st Century guide for libraries, archives and museums. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

  • Corrado, E.M., and Moulaison, H.L., 2014, Digital Preservation for Libraries, Archives and Museums. Lanham: Scarecrow Press.

Review format

Book reviews will be 500–1000 words and generally in the style of an academic review.  They will discuss the content of the book in the context of current issues and debates within heritage practice and scholarship.  Book reviews should be provided in either Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or RTF format. While the content remains the responsibility of the author, the editors reserve the right to make minor corrections and edits, including the right to withhold publication, of submissions.