Chair on Heritage Futures

Various activities October – December 2018


Cornelius Holtorf gave a presentation about the work of the UNESCO Chair for 15 students and their teachers visiting from the University of Stockholm as part of their education in museums and cultural heritage (12 October 2018).

Cornelius Holtorf presented a 6 min Pecha Kucha presentation on innovative cultural heritage that never happened to inspire a public audience of ca 70 at Kalmar Castle in the spirit of Leonard de Vinci, and again for an audience of ca 60 cultural heritage planners and civil servants associated with the “Unique Kalmar and Öland” project at Kalmar County Museum (18 October and 11 December 2018)

Cornelius Holtorf organised and chaired a discussion on creative tourism featuring David Ross at the conference of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on the Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites on Critical Issues in Heritage Interpretation and Sustainable Tourism held at Florence, Italy, 23-25 October 2018 (23 October 2018)

Claudio Pescatore organised a planning meeting in Stockholm, in which even Cornelius Holtorf and Anders Högberg took part, for a conference on “INFORMATION AND MEMORY FOR FUTURE DECISION MAKING Radioactive waste and beyond” to be held in Stockholm in May 2019 (25 October 2018).

Cornelius Holtorf taught “The heritage of the future” for a group of 10 students taking the introductory course of our undergraduate degree programme in Cultural heritage in present and future societies on (26 October 2018).

Cornelius Holtorf chaired a panel debate on Critical Heritages of Europe at the conference Who is Europe? of the CoHERE project in Warsaw, Poland (23 November 2018).

Cornelius Holtorf attended a meeting of the Swedish UNESCO Chairs at the Swedish UNESCO Commission in Stockholm (29 November 2018).

Cornelius Holtorf and Ulrika Söderström welcomed Nupur Prothi Khanna for a seminar at Linnaeus University on Weaving the historic narrative in contemporary development” and a study visit to the World Heritage site of Southern Öland  (3-4 December 2018).

Cornelius Holtorf presented a lecture entitled “Framtidens natur- och kulturarv” (The natural and cultural heritage of the future) for Västarvet’s annual staff day, addressing ca 150 employees in Göteborg (6 December 2018).

Cornelius Holtorf held a seminar on “Bör vi tänka nytt kring kulturarv i samhället och dess roll i integration” at a national conference for civil servants entitled Migration and Establishment, in Växjö (10 December 2018)

Cornelius Holtorf visited Manchester Museum which had recently opened its Heritage Futures exhibition and spoke about the exhibition, the work of the UNESCO Chair, and possible future collaborations with Henry McGhie (Head of Collections at Manchester Museum), Dr James Hopkins (University Historian and Heritage Manager, University of Manchester), Dr Kostas Arvanitis (Centre for Museology, University of Manchester)  and Professor Peter Knight (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester). Hopkins is involved in the management of the Jodrell Bank Observatory at the University of Manchester which was nominated in 2018 as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Knight is involved in the management of Manchester as a City of Literature in the global UNESCO Creative Cities network (19 December 2018).

Cornelius Holtorf advised a group of 3rd year students at Linnaeus University taking a degree in Visual Communication +Change for their design project on nuclear waste, which formed part of the art exhibition “Traces” at Teaterhörnet +Change Project Space in Kalmar (open 20 December until 5 Jan 19).



Humpodd Live with and about Cornelius Holtorf, his research and the UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures — recorded (in Swedish) in front of ca. 120 employees at the Faculty Day of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden (12 December 2018).

The Antiquity Lecture 2018


Cornelius Holtorf was the invited keynote lecturer at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG), one of the biggest archaeological conferences in the UK, held this year at the University of Chester. In front of an audience of ca 250 students and academics from the UK and abroad he presented on 17 December 2018 The Antiquity Lecture entitled “Applied Archaeology: From Historical Development to Sustainable Development“.

The Prezi of the presentation is available here.

Does China lead the way towards the future of the past?


Places like Tianducheng in Hangzhou, China, simulate heritage in other countries, but at the same time they provide real heritage value in their own society and should therefore not be dismissed. In cases such as this, we may see some glimpses of a future of heritage that contradicts and replaces familiar concepts of cultural heritage bound to place and time.

Read more in a blog by Cornelius Holtorf, Qingkai Ma, Xian Chen and Yu Zhang accessible here.

Heritage Futures at Manchester Museum


“How can we create the future together? We can’t be certain what the future
 will be like, but we can at least try to ensure that the decisions we make today help provide people with the things they might need and want in the future.”

Cornelius Holtorf and Anders Högberg at Linnaeus University as well as Sarah May at Swansea University were involved in research that considered what we should pass on to future generations, when we can’t be sure what they will want or need…

Heritage Futures at Manchester Museum, 14 December 2018 – Autumn 2021

Time travel to the future…


For the first time in the history of Kalmar Country Museum’s work with the time travel method, two groups of participants have been travelling to the year 2068, discussing future heritage and associated key questions about the present. This is one of a series of development projects commissioned by the UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures.

Soon we will not only receive a full report about the lessons learned, but there will also be a short film documenting how a school class travelled to the future (and back). For now, read more in the report in the local newspaper Östra Småland and on the regional news site of Swedish Television.