Category Heritage Science

The UK Comprehensive Spending Review 2015: Opportunities for heritage science

By Scott Allan Orr Heritage science in the United Kingdom is carried out by a complex network of public institutions and the private sector. On the surface, the Comprehensive Spending Review 2015 could be seen as a reason for optimism considering the heritage science funding landscape. The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne stressed in […]

A Brief Theory of Heritage Science

By Matija Strlic Premise 1: In one way or another, we have been doing heritage science for ages. I will use this term to describe the science of heritage, i.e. how we manage, interpret, conserve heritage as well as provide access to it.[1] In his lecture at the Royal Institution in 1843, Michael Faraday lectured […]

Wabi sabi and the (self-imposed?) limits of heritage science

Wabi sabi and the (self-imposed?) limits of heritage science by Scott Allan Orr   Wabi sabi embodies the Zen nihilist cosmic view and seeks beauty in the imperfections found as all things, in a constant state of flux, evolve from nothing and devolve back to nothing. Within this perpetual movement nature leaves arbitrary tracks for […]

Heritage science and the public sector

By Scott Allan Orr Heritage science is used to not fitting in. Straddling a vaulted archway between scientific research and cultural preservation, management, and communication, it has often struggled to eke out it’s position in the context of economic and political shifts. Semantics aside, anything that is self-defined as inter-, trans-, and cross-disciplinary without a safe […]