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Conference Recording Now Available: INTO Dundee – Heritage Now: Relevance & Community (2022)

In October 2022, the Culture in Crisis Programme in partnership with the International National Trusts Organisation, the National Trust for Scotland and V&A Dundee convened a major international conference, in Dundee, Scotland.

INTO Dundee: Heritage Now: Relevance & Community highlighted the importance of both people and purpose within heritage preservation, taking an encompassing look at tangible and intangible heritage, as well as the preservation of landscapes where nature and heritage co-exist. The conference explored key ideas such as how relevance is perceived, shaped and adapted within heritage, and how organisations can engage communities and (re)present narratives.

As the heritage sector faces ongoing evolving challenges, now more than ever organisations are recognising the importance of future-focused strategies. The conference provided an important forum for sharing experiences and developing best practices, with specific consideration to work relating to communities and the relevance heritage holds for them.

The event drew together a global audience of heritage professionals and those working in associated sectors, providing a rich opportunity for sharing international experiences and case studies.


The War on Ukrainian Heritage

In this online event recorded in November 2022, we hear from Dr Kateryna Goncharova, Ukrainian Heritage Crisis Specialist at the World Monuments Fund, about the Russian military invasion and its impact on Ukrainian Heritage.

As well as providing an overview of the significance of Ukrainian culture and heritage, this event outlined the immediate threats and risks posed by the war; explaining how they are impacting a nation's fragile historic environment.

Attacks on heritage and identity during this conflict have been wide-reaching and have included targeted attacks within historic cities, the destruction of cultural sites and the looting of museums and archival collections.

While the war and its effect on Ukrainian heritage has been reported widely, there have been notable cases of misunderstanding and misinformation. Through this event we explored these issues and heard – from the ground – what’s taking place.

Listen to the recording to hear what can be done to safeguard heritage and how people and institutions can support Ukrainian heritage professionals and their work today.


Heritage Craft in India – Culture in Crisis | V&A

This online event recorded in November 2022, explores the traditions of craft heritage in India, as well as the significance of contemporary production in the country today.

The webinar brought together local designers and makers, including block printers, weavers and embroiderers, as well as those working to support the continuation of these craft skills for the future.

The discussion explored themes relating to regional identity, the cultural and commercial elements of craft production, as well as the legacy and inheritance of those working today.

Speakers:
Abdul Jabbar Mohammed Khatri, Ajrakh, block printer

Adam Khatri, Ajrakh, block printer

Shamji Vankar Vishram Valji, Master Weaver, Vankar Vishram Valji Weaving

Ami Shroff, Director of the Shrujan Trust

Laura Searson, Cultural Heritage Preservation Lead, V&A (Host)


Saving Aleppo’s Heritage: Stories from Local Graduate Architects

This event, recorded in June 2022, brought together Syrian Graduate Architects from the social enterprise ‘Places of ARcture’, to discuss the importance of protecting cultural heritage in their home city of Aleppo, within their own practice.

In a country devasted by many years of conflict, this event highlighted some of the surviving architectural heritage in the ancient part of the Aleppo city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The discussions explored the challenges of preserving and restoring a living heritage site, whilst respecting and incorporating the needs of the local people connected to the area.

Through a series of presentations, short film screenings and a Q&A, we discover the different ways that these architects are positioning the identity of the city, its tangible and intangible heritage, as the cornerstones of its reconstruction.

This event was programmed in collaboration with the London Festival of Architecture.


Understanding the Illicit Trade under ISIS in Syria

This online discussion, recorded in June 2022, explores the illicit trade of cultural property in Syria, under the ISIS regime. From the regulated looting of heritage sites to the systems of trade and management which trafficked archaeological finds out of the country, we explore new evidence which brings to light the precedence, practice and prevalence of these activities.

We welcome two heritage specialists who will share their thoughts and research, considering areas such as; the role of local communities in understanding and preventing looting, international attention and media myths that surround these activities, and their recommendations for a global approach to tackling the illicit trade for good.

Speakers
- Dr Neil Brodie, Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa, School of Archaeology, Oxford University
- Dr Isber Sabrine, Co-Founder and President, Heritage for Peace
- Laura Searson, Cultural Heritage Preservation Lead, V&A (Host)