Advocacy & Engagement

Action, advocacy and professional engagement

Individually and collectively, the heritage team actively gets involved in advocacy for the historic environment and facilitating broader sector development. Each team member has particular interests and passions, and all have involvement in professional networks. Collectively, the University of Suffolk heritage unit is a member of The Heritage Alliance, the Built Environment Forum Scotland and the Ipswich Society. It sponsors awards at the annual Suffolk Museums Awards, and other events.  It also helps to facilitate Suffolk County Council’s Strategic Heritage Forum. Other committees and networks which academic faculty play a role in include: IHBC Education, Training & Standards Committee; Trusteeships of various heritage charities, including Bressingham Steam Museum and West Stow Anglo Saxon Village; Stour Valley Landscape Partnership Board; ICOMOS-UK Cultural Tourism Committee; Kulturagenda Advisory Board, Austria; partnership with The Heyerdahl Institute, Norway; UK Heritage Research Group; the Scottish Government’s Measuring Success advisory group. Individual staff pages list specific memberships and professional advisory committee involvement, as well as membership of editorial boards for academic and professional journals.

What we’re saying

As researchers and passionate advocates for the historic environment, we tend to have a lot to say and flag things up which interest us.  You can keep up with all this via our this blog or our individual twitter feeds and blogs.  Professor David Gill tweets as @davidwjgill and blogs at Looting Matters, and Professor Ian Baxter tweets as @ibheritage.

We regularly speak to the media and press, and can provide commentary and analysis on a wide range of issues.

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