The Centre for Heritage at Kent (CH@K) is a new interdisciplinary centre that seeks to engage in innovative projects, by working across the boundaries between a variety of academic and professional disciplines, including archaeology, anthropology, geography, physics, heritage conservation and management, architecture and urban planning. It further aims to encourage research on heritage undertaken at the University of Kent and beyond; provide high quality undergraduate and postgraduate courses on heritage and serve as a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas.
In its first years, the centre will focus primarily, but not exclusively, on:
- heritage and democracy (representation of diversity within heritage spaces; memories of minorities at heritage spaces; public engagement)
- heritage and development (socio-economic impacts of heritage conservation; regeneration and impacts; limit of acceptable change)
- international heritage conservation (implementation and evaluation of the World Heritage Convention, the Intangible Heritage Convention, the 1970 Convention on illicit trade)
Determinately outward looking, the centre nurtures an environment of collaboration between researchers of the university and beyond. We also strongly believe in the participation in bodies related to our work as well as public engagement. Such collaborations and engagement will provide innovative and creative solutions to the heritage community at local, national and international levels.
The Centre provides a holistic approach to heritage; it acts as a platform to promote current initiatives of the university on this matter, including those of The Heritage and Innovation Network at Kent (THINK) or the Initiative for Heritage Conservancy. It also integrates the activities of the Centre for the History of Archaeology.