UKNC on ‘Cultural Heritage Innovation’: Opportunities for international development

publication coverThe UK’s National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) report shows how the UK is world-leading in innovation in its cultural heritage sector.

UK National Commission for UNESCO writes:

The UK’s National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) report shows how the UK is world-leading in innovation in its cultural heritage sector.

  • UK cultural heritage innovation, in partnership with developing countries, is creating exceptional outcomes, with impact well beyond the cultural field.
  • The report illustrates the UK’s eminence in heritage science and research and its people-centred approach, and contains compelling case studies of work on-site and in laboratories.
  • This work is helping to conserve heritage, foster community cohesion and stimulate inclusive growth – whilst also building capacity in the UK.
  • There is significant scope for UK expertise to make a greater contribution. The report’s recommendations set out how this outstanding expertise can be energised and enabled for the benefit of cultural heritage assets and to advance the economic and social welfare of ODA countries

From the development of new technologies such as prototype sensors, applying technologies such as 3D documentation and imaging, combating pests and pollutants, to cultural heritage management in conflict zones and following  natural disasters, the UK’s cultural heritage sector significantly contributes to the UK Government’s international development objectives and to the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

The UK National Commission for UNESCO was invited by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to develop a high-level overview of innovative practices in cultural heritage being spearheaded by UK organisations, and to identify the potential for future collaboration with ODA countries. The report, Cultural Heritage Innovation: Opportunities for International Development, finds that the UK cultural heritage sector plays a critical role in the UK’s world-leading research and innovation practices, and is significantly contributing to the UK Government’s international development objectives.

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