Culture in Crisis: February Update

February has flown by and with it has gone a flurry of activity and events for the Culture in Crisis Programme.

As ever, you can read more about our ongoing projects on the CiC Webpage here

Catch up on what you’ve missed

Last month we hosted colleagues from the World Monuments Fund, Historic England and the 20th Century Society to discuss the development of listing practices in the UK and abroad. With the growing speed of urban development in our cities jostling against a desire to preserve the best of the past, we asked the experts how their organisations prioritise, protest for and successfully preserve our ‘at risk’ built heritage.

You can listen to the audio recording of ‘Listing to Last: Preserving our Built Heritagehere

And whilst you’re listening…

Preservation by Design, Episode 2: Bridging the Gap

Today we released the second episode in our ongoing ‘Preservation by Design’ Audio Series; a ten part series of recordings, released on a monthly basis throughout 2018, exploring ‘designed solutions’ to threats posed to our cultural heritage

In our latest episode, ‘Bridging the Gap’, Donn Holohan, Fabrication Lab Manager in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong, is joined by Glenn Adamson, Curator of the Design Museum’s 2017 Beazley Awards, to discuss Holohan’s nominated project ‘The Wind and Rain Bridge’.

This remarkable construction blends historic craft practices with modern technology, preserving heritage skills and creating sustainable social and physical infrastructure in the Fujian province.

Working with rural communities striving for modern development, whilst simultaneously fighting to retain vestiges of their cultural heritage, in this exploration of evolving craft practices in rural China we discuss alternative modes of community redevelopment, sustainable materials and methods, and the negotiation between the pitfalls of dereliction and ‘disney-fication’ in these spaces.

You can listen to this, and our previous episodes, here

Looking ahead

On 6th March 2018 we will be hosting an event at the museum in partnership with the World Monuments Fund, highlighting the inspiring achievements of their Syrian Stonemasonry Training Programme.

The project, sponsored by the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, has been working since September 2017 in Mafraq, Jordan – twelve miles from the Syrian border – to provide a group of Syrian refugees and Jordanian citizens with traditional stonemasonry skills to become the craftspeople and conservators of the future; directly helping to repair conflict-affected heritage sites in the Middle East.

To read more and book your place, click here

Please note, this event is free to attend but booking is essential.

Upcoming Announcement

Over the last month we’ve been working hard with our partners, Yale’s Global Cultural Heritage Initiatives and the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, to develop concepts and themes (along with a soon to be released call for papers) for the upcoming International CiC conference, scheduled for autumn 2018.

The event will explore the inter-connectivity between cultural and natural heritage preservation practices, highlighting the value of these two parallel branches of conservation; and demonstrating that through their adoption successful sustainable development on national and international level can be achieved.

That’s all for now!

Keep an eye on the webpage and blog for further news, events and conference developments, and we’ll be back to update you on all things Culture in Crisis next month.

The Culture in Crisis Team