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Thought Leadership Series

Heriot Watt University
Postgraduate Centre Auditorium, Heriot Watt University
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 17:30 to 20:00


The Thought Leadership Series is a series of interactive events that explore and debate topical but potentially transformational issues and ideas.  Through these events our intention is to ignite a chain reaction of change in the way we think, work and live.

Our Thought Leadership events feature high profile speakers with the aim of enabling participants to take part in lively discussion and debate that provides food for thought.

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Can Scotland play a leading role in redefining Heritage?

Wednesday 27th May, 2015
Postgraduate Centre, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Before the referendum, the SNP promised that in the event of a yes vote, Scotland would sign up to UNESCO's Charter for Safeguarding of The Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).  Given the result of the vote, Scotland is not in a position to sign the Charter unless it can persuade Westminster of the value of doing so - but should it?  How do we define intangible heritage in Scotland today?  Should language be explicitly identified as ICH and does this include British Sign Language and the languages of migrants?  Does it include aspects of living heritage supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund?  Has ICH any relevance at all for the Historic and Built Environment?  Involving representatives from across the heritage sector, this debate will focus on the heightened awareness of ICH nationally and internationally.  It will explore the implications of ICH for the public sector, from museums to the Historic Environment to universities.  It will ask whether now is the time for Scotland to take a leading role in creatively re-defining the relationship between tangible and intangible heritage by poineering a new holistic approach to heritage that will be of relevance on a global scale.

 17:30 Arrival, refreshments and light buffet
 18:00 Setting the Context

Professor Máiréad Nic Craith

Chair in European Culture and Heritage, Heriot-Watt University
18:10 Speakers
  • Ann Packard (Chair) - Chairperson of the RSA Scotland
  • Joanne Orr, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland
  • Luke Wormald, Head of Environmental Strategy, Historic Environment Scotland
  • Janet Archer, CEO Creative Scotland
  • Colin McLean, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund
19:00 Open Discussion
19:30 Informal discussion and refreshments
20:00 Event close