2017 Session 4: Ensuring a Sustainable Future for UCH: Museums and Public Engagement

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2017 Session 4: Ensuring a Sustainable Future for UCH: Museums and Public Engagement


Cultural heritage derives its value from societal contexts, and so public engagement plays an important role in growing support for, and interest in heritage. Engagement may take many forms, from awareness-raising to formal learning programmes to creating platforms for public participation in the process of heritage conservation, governance, and/or interpretation. Papers bridging theoretical and practical approaches to engagement with UCH are particularly welcome, as are papers which offer collaborative and/or participatory models, stakeholder engagement, capacity-building and development, approaches to the particular challenges of engagement with underwater cultural heritage vs other kinds of cultural heritage.

Of course heritage exists in a variety of cultural frameworks, and ensuring sustainability requires approaches to engagement to be both responsive and sensitive to the overlapping cultural contexts in which UCH may exist. As a culturally diverse region, the treatment of heritage must be also tailored to cultural definitions, heritage management frameworks and conventions which may, in some cases, differ across jurisdictions/countries and their interests. The panel will also attempt to explore the ways in which UCH is managed within diverse cultural frameworks, and invites papers to examine topics including contested UCH, ownership, security, etc.

The panel invites papers exploring significance within local, national and transnational historiographies and the implications for funding and management of UCH. UCH includes material that has been deposited on the seabed as a result of warfare and catastrophe, so papers which explore and/or engage with topics including loss, warfare, conflicted significance and contested heritage are particularly welcome.

Other relevant sub-themes include:

* Public engagement in the management of UCH

* Interpreting maritime cultural heritage for non-specialist audiences

* Significance, interpretative potential, stakeholders and support/sustainability

* Museums, Education, Outreach and Conservation

* Memory, memorials and memorialisation


Raphael Igombo
National Museums of Kenya, Kenya
Michelle Damian
Monmouth College (IL), USA

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PRIISMH project: A Case Study of Community Involvement and Museum Collaboration on Maritime Cultural Heritage around Rottnest Island (Perth, Western Australia)
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Session 4 Introduction Video
Dr. Michelle Damian introduces Session 4.

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Merging Museums with the Classroom: Using Collections to Teach Maritime Archaeology
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