Museums, Archives & Cultural Heritage Studies Museums, Archives & Cultural Heritage Studies

Museums, Archives & Cultural Heritage Studies

Housed within Norman Foster’s iconic Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, the department of Art History and World Art Studies has for many years been a centre for Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies.

The department’s research has had a profound impact upon aspects of global cultural heritage. For example, in Butrint in Albania our researchers helped to devise and implement a programme of archaeological excavations that have transformed the area into a thriving tourist attraction (as a result now a UNESCO World Heritage Centre). This generates much needed income for the local economy and has helped safeguard the site for the future.

Dr. Ferdinand de Jong is currently engaged in research as one of the key partners of the HERILIGION project, The Heritagisation of Religion and the Sacralisation of Heritage in Contemporary Europe (HERA). This international and inter-disciplinary project explores what happens when religious sites, objects and practices are simultaneously considered heritage.

Collaborating with colleagues in other departments, Prof. Sandy Heslop and Dr. Helen Lunnon are currently engaged on a major research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, exploring the Medieval Churches of Norwich, which will provide a comprehensive study of every one of the 58 churches that have stood within the medieval walls of Norwich, revealing the interdependent relationship between city, community, and architecture, by which people and places have shaped each other since the early Middle Ages.