Built and Landscape Heritage: Terminology and Public Engagement

Fellowship Event

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  • Heritage

Please join us for this fascinating event exploring issues around built and landscape heritage.

RSA Fellows and guests of any discipline or location across the public, private and third sectors, are invited to register for this event, which is one in a series of online discussions within the overall theme of “Heritage: Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions”, the subject of a future conference. Our discussion will begin with brief perspectives from panel members followed by Q&A with the audience.

Few people are unaware of the significant and varied challenges facing those involved in heritage stewardship, or indeed owners of any type of business or project housed in, or adjacent, a used, vacant, decaying or derelict heritage or landscape site , whether listed or not.

The hope is that this event series will widen discussion within civil society, including some case studies, and will also involve one or two speakers from outside the UK. Importantly, issues of university curricula, CPD for emerging heritage professionals will come to the fore as will vocational training and skilled labour shortages.


Caitlin DeSilvey is Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter, and Associate Director of the Environment and Sustainability Institute at its Environment and Sustainability Institute at its Penryn, Cornwall campus. Her monograph, Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving (UMP 2017), received the 2018 UMW Historic Preservation Book Prize.

Dr Fraser Macdonald is a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. As an historical geographer, he is interested in how our knowledge of the past inheres in landscapes; and how narrative, knowledge and technology take place.

Dr David Mitchell is Director of Cultural Assets, Historic Environment Scotland, a lead public body for the historic environment. HES is concerned with over 330 properties in care, associated collections, as well as technical research, science, technical skills and Scotland’s conservation hub, The Engine Shed. He indicates interest of the “moving of mountains”. In addition to his work at HES, he is an Honorary Professor at the University of Stirling.

Mark Watson is Deputy Head of Industrial Heritage within the External Relations and Partnerships Directorate in Historic Environment Scotland. He is also Convener of the Scotland Branch of IHBC. He has worked in urban regeneration, adaptive re-use, embodied energy and world heritage. He deploys concepts, terms and images connected to place.

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