Deterioration and loss of our historic environment due to intensification of natural erosive processes, exacerbated by climate change, outpaces available resources for preservation, and will accelerate over the coming century. Faced with unstoppable challenges, a ‘do-nothing’ approach is often regarded as the only option. However, the intersection of climate change impacts with irreplaceable heritage creates opportunities to explore fundamental questions about value, preservation, and the role of heritage in society. How should we assign significance to threatened assets? How should we identify priorities? Who should be involved in decision making? What is to be expected of communities, resource managers and researchers?
During an intensive fieldtrip and series of workshops, researchers, practitioners and community stakeholders will address these issues through the lens of threatened coastal heritage and vulnerable carved stone monuments, building upon the existing scholarship and expertise of team members. We will learn from each other and consider alternative futures using international and community experience.
The outcomes will assist in Historic Environment Scotland’s decision making processes, feed into sector-wide change via Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy and will be of wider societal relevance, giving insights into how we manage change and foster greater understanding of climate change impacts in Scotland by 2030.
Learning from Loss Climate Stories
A selection of Climate stories written by Learning from Loss programme participants, about Scotland's eroding coastal and carved stone heritage inspired by the US National Parks Service "Every Place Has a Climate Story " approach.
Bill Lees, Executive Director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network reflects on his main take-homes from the Scottish Learning from Loss programme and their relevance to approaches to loss of coastal heritage in the Sunshine State.
In conversation with her colleagues back at home, Sarah Miller, Regional Director, Florida Public Archaeology Network reflects on her experience and take-homes from the Learning from Loss Scottish programme.
Liz Robson and Qian Gao, researchers at the University of Stirling, tackle significance and prioritisation in their reflections from the Learning from Loss Programme.
Summary of the main findings from community workshops held in East Wemyss, Fife and Sanday, Orkney and a workshop held with programme participants and colleagues at Historic Environment Scotland.
East Wemyss Workshop
Historic Environment Scotland Workshop
Dawson T., Hambly J., Lees W., Miller S. (2021). 'Proposed Policy Guidelines for Managing Heritage at Risk Based on Public Engagement and Communicating Climate Change'. The Historic Environment: Policy and Practice.