Cultural Heritage & Built Environment

Aim of the Scoping Study:

Pervasive media and technology means that shifts in the digital landscape are no longer based on-screen but are integrated into everyday life and the very fabric of urban and rural environments and institutions. Heritage in this strand refers to institutions, lived and placed environments and the cultural interactions with them. We ask the extent to which such interactions, and consequent understandings and productions of heritage, have been altered by digital technologies. As public sector funding for many cultural institutions is cut, we need to radically rethink how such community bases of local and national identity are supported. But we also need to reconceptualise heritage in a digital age, as something that is mobile, global, flowing and related to content, technologies, codes and software, but is also embedded into wider cultural sectors and processes.

Questions explored through the study include:

  • How do heritage institutions address their dual purpose of engaging with audience and proffering information now that telecommunications technologies enable individuals to visit a heritage site virtually as well as physically?
  • What is the relationship, if any, between these different types of heritage experience?
  • What does it mean for heritage sites and audiences when cultural artefacts may now only exist in digital form?
  • What opportunities do digital technologies offer for collaboration between heritage sites and communities?


Events and Outputs

MediatingHeritageImageMediating Heritage Workshop: As part of the scoping study a workshop was held at the University of Kent of the 26th September 2012. A summary of the outcomes is available on our ‘News’ pages, here. Click on the links below to read the abstracts of presentations given by speakers and view PDFs of their presentations:

Scoping Report: Read the Cultural Heritage & Built Environment Scoping Report for more information about the study and key questions arising from it.