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Heritage Futures: Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices



Harrison R, DeSilvey C, Holtorf C, Macdonald S, Bartolini N, Breithoff E, Fredheim H, Lyons A, May S, Morgan J & Penrose S (2020) Heritage Futures: Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices. London: UCL Press.

Preservation of natural and cultural heritage is often said to be something that is done for the future, or on behalf of future generations, but the precise relationship of such practices to the future is rarely reflected upon. Heritage Futures draws on research undertaken over four years by an interdisciplinary, international team of 16 researchers and more than 25 partner organisations to explore the role of heritage and heritage-like practices in building future worlds. Engaging broad themes such as diversity, transformation, profusion and uncertainty, Heritage Futures aims to understand how a range of conservation and preservation practices across a number of countries assemble and resource different kinds of futures, and the possibilities that emerge from such collaborative research for alternative approaches to heritage in the Anthropocene. Case studies include the cryopreservation of endangered DNA in frozen zoos, nuclear waste management, seed biobanking, landscape rewilding, social history collecting, space messaging, endangered language documentation, built and natural heritage management, domestic keeping and discarding practices, and world heritage site management. Open Access available at:

FundersArts and Humanities Research Council
Publication date31/12/2020
Publication date online28/07/2020
PublisherUCL Press
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Place of publicationLondon

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Dr Jennie Morgan

Dr Jennie Morgan

Senior Lecturer, History