The University of Suffolk has hosted an event celebrating Suffolk’s rich heritage as part of a series initiated by the recently launched RSA Heritage Network.
Professor David Gill, Director of Heritage Futures at the University of Suffolk, chaired the events, which explored the ways to improve networks, conservation, and interpretation.
Professor Gill said “The RSA Heritage Network is seeking to identify how heritage enhances our national identity and contributes to the UK economy through tourism. This event will place Suffolk’s outstanding heritage firmly in the national discussion.”
Suffolk has a diverse heritage that includes the internationally significant Anglo-Saxon burial site at Sutton, Medieval churches, historic houses such as Ickworth, the 19th century coastal defences including Martello Towers and Landguard Fort, the redeveloped Ipswich Wet Dock, and WW2 military airfields. There are numerous museums across the county including Gainsborough’s House, Christchurch Mansion, Palace House in Newmarket, and the Museum for East Anglian Life.
The heritage sector employs 278,000 people in the UK, and heritage tourism generated £16.4 billion from international and domestic visitors.
The University of Suffolk has always actively promoted the county’s rich heritage and from the autumn, an MA in Professional Practice in Heritage Management will be offered. The Masters will explore ways to explore, protect, conserve and interpret the past in order to give it a sustainable future.
Towards the end of 2019 Suffolk’s heritage offering will be boosted by the presence of The Hold, the home of Suffolk’s record office, which will open on the University’s Waterfront campus.
Professor Gill added “These are exciting times for heritage in Suffolk. The Hold will serve as a focal point for heritage across Suffolk and showcase the fantastic heritage of the county. Our postgraduate programme has been designed to equip the heritage managers of the future to care effectively for our shared past.”
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