Engaging Conservation: Communities, capacity building and conservation practice

Community-based work in heritage conservation is well-established, involving local people in historic area planning and urban regeneration, in local campaigning to save heritage assets and local heritage trusts to look after them. But how effective are attempts at wider public engagement with what heritage conservation aims to achieve for public benefit? How are local people instrumental in shaping and carrying out conservation projects?

Engaging Conservation will consider what the shift towards participative practice and public engagement in heritage conservation means and how far it is being achieved. As ICOMOS International Training Committee finalises its new Principles for Capacity Building through Education and Training in Conservation of the Cultural Heritage, it will also be timely to share experience and wider thinking at an international level.

Abstracts of 300 words, together with a title and contributor’s details, should be sent to gill.chitty@york.ac.uk no later than 10 March 2014.

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