Contested Heritage

Posted on: 5 March 2021

On 23 February, the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, held a meeting with representatives from leading heritage organisations to discuss issues relating to contested heritage, which Mr. Dowden described as a “very productive conversation about protecting heritage for future generations”.

The National Trust was among the organisations in attendance, and said it had been “helpful and productive“. Historic England said they would work with the government “to help people understand on a deeper level the many layers of our shared past”.

Many in the museum sector are concerned that this request denies museums the responsibility to take carefully considered decisions about contested heritage in consultation with staff and their communities.

You can read the Museum Association‘s (MA) response to the letter here.

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