Heritage and Material Culture

HeritageThe Heritage and Material Culture subject cluster embraces the disciplines of Art History, Archaeology, Classics, and Cultural & Museum Studies, as well as aspects of Human Geography. Art History brings together major primary providers at Leeds and York with specialists from a variety of units (Architecture; History; Russian & Slavonic Studies) contributing to Sheffield’s new Centre for Visual Studies.

There is developing cross-consortium work drawing, for example, on Leeds’ expertise in Curation (FAHACS) and on common strengths at the three White Rose institutions in Medieval Studies and 18th-Century Studies. Archaeology is represented in the two successful departments at Sheffield and York (which won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2011 and was short-listed for 3 THE Awards in 2012).

York has invested significantly in Bioarchaeology and is home to the highly successful Archaeology Data Service (the only national repository for research data funded by AHRC; winner of the Decennial Award of the International Digital Preservation Coalition, 2012). There are interdisciplinary collaborations in Historical Archaeology (including work between Sheffield and FAHACS at Leeds; and a Sheffield-led WRUC-funded research network on Performing the Past including archives, museums and performers). History of Art and Archaeology are particularly successful in CDAs: e.g., with English Heritage, National Gallery, National Maritime Museum, Natural History Museum, Tate, Tate Britain, and many local and regional cultural organizations.

There is expertise for classical studies in Leeds (History), Sheffield (Archaeology) and York (Archaeology; English & Related Literature; History; Philosophy). Cultural & Museum Studies are expanding through cross-disciplinary and cross-curriculum work in Heritage, especially the Cultural Heritage Management programmes in Archaeology at Sheffield and York, History in each institution, Leeds FAHACS’ work in Museums, Memories, Archives, and specialist research areas at York (in Sociology; Management; Theatre, Film & TV) and Sheffield (in Architecture, which won the 2012 AHRC CE KE project Home Improvements; and Town & Regional Planning).