From: Baxter, Ian [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 25 September 2003 15:35
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List members may be interested in the following launch of a new academic centre at GCU: www.heritagefutures.net
Press release below.
Dr Ian Baxter
Division of Management, Caledonian Business School
Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, G4 0BA
T: +44 (0) 141 331 8462
F: +44 (0) 141 331 8496
W: www.heritagefutures.net ============================================
CALEDONIAN AIMS TO HELP DEVELOP SCOTLAND'S DIVERSE AND VIBRANT HERITAGE SECTOR
Caledonian University's Chancellor, Magnus Magnusson KBE, well known for his love of Scottish heritage, officially launched Caledonian Heritage Futures network on 16 September in Hutchesons' Hall, Ingram Street, Glasgow.
Caledonian Heritage Futures Network has been formed from three distinctive areas of expertise at Glasgow Caledonian University. Historians from the School of Law and Social Science will work alongside researchers from the Moffat Centre for Travel & Tourism Business Development as well as staff from the renowned Caledonian Business School.
This innovative and unique grouping of collaborators - not seen before in Scotland -will build bridges between academics, researchers, policy makers and sector stakeholders in the important Scottish cultural heritage sector - estimated to contribute between £350 and £400 million to the economy each year and employing in the region of 193,000 people.
One of Caledonian Heritage Futures network's main aims is to promote (and
sustain) history and cultural heritage at the grass-roots level in Scotland by working with an under-valued (and under-resourced) part of the sector - local community history. The network will provide, information, support, links, seminar programmes and workshops to groups involved in this area.
Magnus Magnusson KBE welcomes the initiative wholeheartedly:
'This is a unique initiative, a new action network for cultural heritage research, bringing together professional historians and local historical societies as well as researchers in tourism and heritage management.'
'For too long, to my mind, history has been the prisoner of academics. Before that, it was the preserve of victors who put their own preferred spin on history. But there is an enormous reservoir in Scotland of what I call 'alternative history' - a fund of fascinating knowledge and legends about local areas which have a tremendous story to tell. This initiative is a wonderfully imaginative way of encouraging people to understand and respect their own heritage and of encouraging others to come and share it.'
The initiative will also work with a wide range of stakeholders and disciplines, from archaeology to urban design, to promote policy development, provide advocacy and high quality research into the historical environment.
In addition, it will provide various learning opportunities aimed at cultural sector professionals, volunteers, students and indeed those with an enthusiasm for heritage, and community identity.
Professor Elaine McFarland, Director of Caledonian Heritage Futures Network,
said: "Our heritage is all around us - It is the setting for our community identity and social activity. Cultural heritage draws together issues like the built environment, local history and interpretation. When developed and supported, cultural heritage helps us all to understand our history in accessible ways and the Caledonian Heritage Futures network will play an important role in this."
One of the network's first projects will be the development of a new MSc in Cultural Heritage Studies at Glasgow Caledonian University, scheduled for its first intake in September 2004. The programme will address a skills gap by combining the development of management skills with a broader understanding of heritage contexts and policies.
The Caledonian Heritage Futures network has been set-up with funding made available from the University following its success in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
As the only 'new' University in Scotland to offer courses in History, Glasgow Caledonian achieved, on its first attempt, a 4-star rating (out of
5) for History in the last RAE in 2001. Glasgow Caledonian University continues its dynamic development by considering exciting, pioneering and accessible ways to build on this success.
For further information contact:
Crawford McGugan, Heritage Futures Co-ordinator - tel: 0141 331 8290 /
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Sarah Sinclair, PR Manager - telephone 0141 331 8672 or 07947 334588 David Hodgson, Press Officer - telephone 0141 331 8679 or 07751 194170