Cultural heritage concerns the various things, places and practices that people, worldwide, want to keep and pass on to the next generation. Heritage ranges from the medieval Utrechts Psalter to the historic centre of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. It includes Aboriginal Australian artefacts dating from the time of Cook’s voyages, now in the British Museum; and plant specimens in the Natural History Museum collection in London. Cultural heritage involves processes of selection, classification, conservation, documentation, research, digitalization and display by public institutions; and may involve communities who remember the past in the wake of slavery, colonialism and Holocaust.
Heritage precipitates new forms of professional collaboration: artistic creation, innovative curation, scientific research, design, technological and architectural practices; it is debated, contested, and often entails consultation with diverse public stakeholders.
The UCU Cultural Heritage Program enables UCU students to engage with the complex responsibilities and practices of managing and understanding heritage in its diverse forms. By contributing as global citizens to the work of heritage institutions at home and abroad, UCU students gain immeasurably.