Full-time: One year; Part-time: Two years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
Subject to approval
As the heritage sector transforms, with an increasingly diverse range of agencies and organisations drawing on the past and mobilising it in different ways, this course combines critical enquiry with practical experience to understand and engage with the changing dynamics of the sector.
We have good connections with industry specialists from a variety of heritage institutions and providers across the region, who have helped us with the design of the programme. The course provides sound academic underpinning for the practical and professional activities. Students have the opportunities to develop creative, planning and project management skills and apply them in a diverse range of settings.
While broad in scope, there is particular emphasis on community engagement, digital heritage and heritage in the creative industries.
2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject. Applicants without relevant formal qualifications, but appropriate work experience are encouraged to apply.
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Learning and teaching will take place through a combination of classroom discussions and debates, visiting speakers, skills training sessions, site visits, work placement and independent research and design work. The emphasis is on practical experience in a range of settings, underpinned by engagement with scholarly debate.
The course team has extensive experience of working with diverse areas of the heritage sector. Key members of the team include Dr Jack Southern, Lecturer in Public History who leads on engagement with external organisations. He has been working closely with the National Trust to develop a programme of collaborative activities. Prof Robert Poole is well known for his work on the Peterloo commemorations, and previously on the Lancashire witches. Dr Keith Vernon is School lead for Heritage Development and organises a programme of work placements. The course draws on colleagues from across the University, in the areas of Architecture, Archaeology, Fine Art, Journalism and Media, Health, and Tourism.
A central feature of the course is a work placement, where students have the opportunity to experience a heritage setting from within. There is a series of site visits, talks by industry specialists. Students have the opportunity to design and develop a project in liaison with an external organisation.
The course is intended for those planning a career in heritage, and for those already working in the sector. For the former, it allows the development of insights and practical skills to plan a route into the sector. For the latter, it enables professional development through skills enhancement and location of specific experience within a wider context.
There is scope for students to continue on to PhD routes.
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Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.
There are good connections with local institutions, such as the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Lancashire Archives, Lancashire Infantry Museum, Heritage Learning Team. where students regularly have placement opportunities. We have been working in conjunction with the National Trust and have links to The People’s History Museum in Manchester. We have especially good relationships with a wide range of voluntary and community history organisations and cultural enterprises. There is a programme of visiting speakers from industry practitioners.
This course offers practical insights into the changing nature of the heritage sector, enabling students to plan a career route through it.