This afternoon the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Heritage Exchange starts, and promises to be a day and a half of fantastic papers. I’m one of ten early career academics who have been invited to participate in the event, alongside leading members of the heritage industry today. I’m really grateful for the opportunity to be involved, and excited about the range of papers being given. The debates sparked will not be constrained to the next few days – the aim of the Heritage Exchange is to ensure that conversation about the role of heritage today and in the future continues. One of these ways will be online.
The Heritage Exchange site will live stream the event, as well as include a timeline of Twitter interactions under #HeritageExchange, making sure that participation is not limited to those at the venue. Already, there are online blogs and provocations, which have been published in the lead up to the event. My own entry is available here, and entries from other delegates show that the event should spark some fantastic discussions about heritage.
I’m really hoping that there will be some meaningful discussion about marginalised heritage and the community groups affected by a lack of diversity in heritage, and will be posting about this after the event. I’ll be tweeting from @HaywardCL throughout too.
You can follow the live stream, check the programme and read all of the blogs on the Heritage Exchange website.