Treasured Words at UCS

Mildenhall Dish © David Gill

We are looking forward to an evening of poetry at UCS in conjunction with the Suffolk Poetry Society. This will take place on Friday 15 April at 7.00 pm in the main UCS Waterfront building on the Ipswich Marina.

The theme of the evening is ‘Treasure’, and all are welcome to attend and to bring a new poem on the theme (which can be interpreted in any way you wish).

Poetry Treasure

Celebrating Suffolk’s Heritage

Heritage_Gala_2016Later this month there will be an evening to celebrate Suffolk’s Heritage and to plan for a new heritage research facility (‘The Hold’) adjacent to the Ipswich Marina.

Tickets are available.

Spring 2014 Heritage Unit seminar series

We’re pleased to announce the details of the Spring term heritage unit seminar series at UCS.  All are welcome to attend – staff, students and visitors.

To confirm attendance, please email Julie Barber

14th Jan
Greg Luton
English Heritage
New Model for English Heritage:
a consultation discussion


22nd Jan
Kate Clark
New South Wales Government, Australia


What matters and why –
fun with heritage!
5th Feb
Time to be confirmed
Erling Storm
President of Norwegian national rowing team
Heyerdahl & Maritime Connections
The Heyerdahl Institute Lecture and Touring Exhibition Reception


19th Feb
Nigel Walter
Archangel Architects
From values to narrative: a new foundation for the conservation of historic buildings


27th Feb
Lorna Richardson
University College London
Public Archaeology and the internet – the impact of social networking technologies on communicating heritage


5th March
Professor Jules Pretty
University of Essex


This Luminous Coast
26th March
Dr Simon Gilmour
Society of Antiquaries of Scotland


Title to be confirmed
16th April
Dr Sara Perry
University of York


Cultural heritage in pictures: The state of play in current visualisation practice
30th April
Carole Souter
Heritage Lottery Fund


The future of heritage: what are we leaving for coming generations?
21st May
Dr Sean O’Reilly
Institute of Historic Building Conservation


Conservation infrastructure in the UK – why, what, how… and when?
28th May
Liz Hide
University of Cambridge


University Museums: who cares? What can a 21st century University Museum contribute to society?

Contested Cities in Heritage Landscapes

Square in Jerusalem
Square in the Old City of Jerusalem © David Gill

Dr Britt Baillie, researcher with the Cambridge University ‘Conflict in Cities‘ project, addressed the UCS Heritage seminar today on the theme of ‘Re-bordering Jerusalem’. Baillie reminded us of the historical landscapes surrounding Jerusalem as well the way that communities have been dissected by modern political boundaries. Her research included a case study on the ‘village’ of Walaja, to the north-west of Bethlehem. She reminded us of the importance of the Ottoman records providing information about land-holding. This linked to my own work on Harry Pirie-Gordon mapping this part of the world in 1917/18.

I was struck by her presentations on ‘time lines’ and the emphasis on the Second Temple Period. I was struck how the Hadrianic rebuilding of the city was down-played or even ignored in modern narratives.

The images of collapsing terracing-systems reminded us how a cultivated landscape, dating back for a couple of millennia, was being allowed to disappear.

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