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Issues in cultural heritage conservation


Module leader: Louise Cooke


This module introduces the range of issues that impact on the historic environment in the UK and internationally. We will consider a range of long-term issues, including current scenarios for climate change and its probable impacts on the historic environment, skills and training in the sector, tourism and urban development. We will also consider conflict and the broadening of heritage to include 20th century and more modern buildings. Through a series of lectures, a student led session and a field trip to a relevant case study site, the module will critically consider the range of issues that can impact on the conservation of cultural heritage in the UK and internationally, and we will consider the role of policy and practice in identifying and addressing the impacts.


  • to introduce students to a range of contemporary issues in the conservation of cultural heritage in an international and national context
  • to critique the role of policy and changing practice in addressing those issues

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module you should:

  • be familiar with current international and UK concerns for the safeguarding of cultural heritage in relation to climate change, environmentally-aware practices and sustainable development
  • have a critical understanding of the principal policies, strategies and techniques employed to address those concerns
  • have an appreciation of contemporary conservation issues in approaches to urban regeneration, redevelopment of historic areas and post-war reconstruction
  • be able to evaluate these issues in a national context and in relation to the conservation and management of World Heritage Sites