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Many of the project's diverse stakeholders attended the event.

Heritage Futures event marks project midpoint

The University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute invited partners and collaborators of the 4-year research project Heritage Futures to mark the project’s midpoint.

Stakeholders including members of Cornwall Council, the Sensory Trust, and the China Clay History Society joined with researchers involved with the project to discuss the work-in-progress and future plans in Cornwall, as well as investigations further afield.

Heritage Futures is a 4-year research programme (April 2015-March 2019) that aims to develop a broad, international and cross-sectional comparative framework for understanding ‘heritage’ in its most expansive sense.

The work package led by Exeter includes a case study on the heritage of Cornwall’s china clay industry/landscape. The aim of this case study is to examine how new regeneration/planning initiatives for post-operational landscapes, such as development of the West Carclaze eco-village, are involved in constructing the future heritage of the clay industry.

Professor Caitlin DeSilvey, Associate Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter and a Co-Investigator on the project said: “The afternoon brought together Cornwall Council staff, members of the China Clay History Society, artists, academics and others who have been involved in our research at some point over the last couple of years. We’re very appreciative of the support we’ve received from our partners and collaborators, and look forward to working together in the second half of the project.”

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Date: 6 July 2017