As part of the AHRC Heritage Priority Area, a one day conference on ‘Engaging with Policy in the UK: Responding to Changes in Planning, Heritage and the Arts’ was held in collaboration with Rescue in London in October 2018. The Conference provided the opportunity to draw together academics, civil servants, private and professional bodies, and civil society organisations to address challenges and uncertainty from changing policies. The aim was to connect researchers, practitioners and policy makers involved in the arts, culture, heritage and the natural/historic environment around key areas of shared concern.
The aims of the Conference were to discuss:
- The challenges and opportunities resulting from changes in policy which impact the culture, arts and heritage sectors
- The role which organisations and civil society can have in shaping policy and decision-making, and/or influencing government
- Views on opportunities that can be taken to inform policy
The full video of the day can be watched here.
As a summary of some of the discussions raised during the Conference, Hana Morel has edited a Special Issue with Historic Environment: Policy and Practice editor Mike Dawson.
Links to articles in the contents list are below:
- The Heritage-creation Process and Attempts to Protect Buildings of the Recent Past: The Case of Birmingham Central Library
- Who Owns England? How We Lost Our Green & Pleasant Land & How To Take It Back by Guy Shrubsole, William Collins, 2019