We have many staff who work on heritage from across a whole range of disciplines including humanities, arts, social sciences, engineering, IT and medicine. Our staff are renowned experts who have published widely on a diverse range of research interests and have undertaken many international research, consultancy, training, and engagement projects.

Our aim at Newcastle University is to provide an inclusive platform that avoids disciplinary and field compartmentalizing. Rather, we bring multiple approaches to heritage into productive relation, in order to address the most critical and pressing questions about our relations with the past.

Identities, Culture and Heritage

Led by Dr Andrew Law, Identities, Culture and Heritage is one of the research themes within our Global Urban Research Unit.

This theme understands Identities, Culture and Heritage as: socially constructed, ever changing processual entities that are subject to broader social, cultural, political and economic forces; and spatially mobile leaky, messy and excessive.

A key success in this theme was our role in the PUMAH project - Planning, Urban Management and Heritage - an EU funded joint networking and research programme on critical issues of planning, management and urban heritage in Europe and China.

This project brought eight universities together from China, Netherlands, Italy and Turkey and was led by Professor John Pendlebury in Newcastle.

Heritage can be considered a socially constructed, ever changing processual entity.

CHT2 - Cultural Heritage Through Time

Diachronic landscape change studies are fundamental for documenting, maintaining and safeguarding all forms of cultural heritage in a sustainable manner.

“Cultural Heritage Through Time” (CHT2) is a European project, for which the scope is to develop time-varying 3D products, from landscape to architectural scale, to envisage and analyse lost scenarios or visualise changes due to anthropic activities or intervention, pollution, wars, earthquakes or other natural hazards.

Jon Mills, Professor of Geomatic Engineering, leads the CHT2 project

Gateshead Quayside and Riverside Park

Riverside Park, connecting the Gateshead Quays to Dunston Staiths, is a green space with diverse natural assets and public art sculptures. Our Newcastle City Futures team has brokered a consortium of partners from different sectors interested in working with local communities to explore options for its future sustainable development.

This group is examining potential new uses for the park that can be the source of economic and health benefits in the area, whilst also helping to preserve its natural, artistic and industrial heritage.

Gateshead Quayside and Riverside Park is one of the many projects in the Newcastle City Futures Urban Living Partnership