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Join us from 29th – 31st March for a three-day online event which will highlight the value of cultural heritage and its contemporary relevance.

About the event

Curated by the British Council, it will celebrate the work of projects supported by the Cultural Protection Fund as well as an exploration of the wider value of cultural heritage.

Bringing together an array of international voices we will examine different approaches to nurturing cultural heritage in ways which contribute directly to social cohesion and economic sustainability.

Follow the event online and add your voice to the conversation using the hashtag #HeritageFuturePast

The title “Heritage of Futures Past” is borrowed from our Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth programme in Vietnam

Event programme

Day One – Monday 29th March

All events will be BSL interpreted and captioned.

Heritage of Future Past: Place

10am – 12pm (BST) 

Join us for a series of three morning sessions each exploring a different aspect of the impact and relevance of the UK’s Cultural Protection Fund. Today’s session will focus on: Place.

The session will be followed by a virtual exhibition showcasing work from Cultural Protection Fund projects.

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The Missing Pillar Talks: Heritage and Sustainable Development

2pm – 3.30pm (BST)

Join us and a panel of speakers for the launch of a brand-new event series focusing on culture’s contribution to sustainable development, and how it can address global challenges for a brighter future. This first event takes a look at current thinking and practice, inclusive and holistic approaches, and climate action through a heritage lens. 

The Missing Pillar Talks are brought to you by the British Council in partnership with the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO and the Culture Committee of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).

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Day Two – Tuesday 30th March

All events will be BSL interpreted and captioned.

Heritage of Future Past: Witness

10am – 12pm (BST)

Join us for a series of three morning sessions each exploring a different aspect of the impact and relevance of the UK’s Cultural Protection Fund. Today’s session will focus on: Witness.

The session will be followed by a virtual exhibition showcasing work from Cultural Protection Fund projects. 

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Research, Policy and Practice: What Works?

2pm – 3.15pm (BST) 

With a focus on research, policy and practice, this interactive session asks a simple question – what works?

Take part in the discussion online throughout this interactive session. The session will be facilitated by Bob Palmer, an expert consultant in Cultural Heritage and the Arts who has worked on projects with the British Council for over 40 years. The workshop will aim to stimulate debate, generate creative approaches, and identify recommendations for a What Works approach.

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Day Three – Wednesday 31st March

All events will be BSL interpreted and captioned.

Heritage of Future Past: Remaking

10am – 12pm (BST) 

Join us for a series of three morning sessions each exploring a different aspect of the impact and relevance of the UK’s Cultural Protection Fund. Today’s session will focus on: Remaking.

How does protection of our heritage enable us to reimagine and rebuild our future? This session discovers how, even when we’re on opposite sides of the world, we can learn from our past experiences and from each other.

The session will be followed by a virtual exhibition showcasing work from Cultural Protection Fund projects.

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Living Through Cultural Heritage

2pm – 3.15pm (BST)

Join us on a journey to Colombia, Kenya, India, Vietnam and the UK, as different communities and organisations share with us how they are living through their own cultural heritage. Sit back and immerse yourself in the journey and experiences of contributors, watch, listen and send us your comments in the chat.

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Heritage of Future Past Closing Reflections

3.30pm – 4pm (BST)

This event brings to a close and reflects on the three days of stories, dialogue, exploration and exchange. It offers a creative look at the key moments, highlights and insights from the programme and summarises the opportunities to continue the conversations.

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