United Kingdom Chapter

The UK Chapter ACHS has had an exciting 2016 summer with events in June and July. We had our first meeting in Montreal on 7th June 2016 organised by Dr Kat Lloyd. The event was called Critical Heritage Studies in the UK: Future Directions and we had eight provocations from a range of academics from Early Careers to high profile Professors: Prof. Elizabeth Crook, Dr. Helen Graham, Prof. Rodney Harrison, Dr. Sophia Labadi, Prof. Rhiannon Mason, Prof. Mairead Nic Craith, Dr. Bryony Onciul, and Dr. Anna Woodham. These five minute talks covered a wide range of current UK issues such as: political conflict, current government initiatives, funding cuts, sustainability, intangible heritage, posthumanist approaches, postcolonialism, and climate change. Following this there was open discussion of the plan for and future of the chapter. We had a full house, with standing room only, which was an excellent start to the chapter’s activities.

On July 11th we followed up this initial momentum with a symposium at the University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus. This brought together 23 academics, practitioners and PhD students to discuss the question: Can we have a ‘UK critical heritage’ in a globalised world with a colonial past? If so, what should be the focus and key drivers of moving critical heritage forward in the UK? We had papers on a diversity of topics including: nationalism, regionalism, archiving, intangible heritage, memory, landscape, assemblage, everyday objects, current political contexts, violent histories, commemoration, climate change, flooding, postcolonialism, and the future direction the of chapter. The day was filled with vibrant discussions and ended with an evening networking event in Falmouth.

These initial events have kick-started the chapter and we are encouraging members to host events in their areas of the UK. We will be announcing future events in our newsletters and have a national event lined up for 2017 – more details to follow soon. Keep up-to-date via our newsletter (which you will receive if you select UK as your location or interest on your ACHS membership), or twitter.

We welcome new members and ideas for, and offers to host, events. Please join through the ACHS website http://www.criticalheritagestudies.org/become-a-member-1/, contact us directly at achsukchapter@gmail.com, and follow us on twitter: @achsukchapter

If you are a member of ACHS, you can become a part of the UK Chapter by selecting “United Kingdom Chapter” under “Chapters” in your Member Profile in the ACHS Member Directory or contact Dr Bryony OnciulDr Katherine Lloyd or Dr Anna Woodham