This presentation will discuss how landscapes undergoing transformation combine both natural and cultural heritage-making practices. Two fieldwork sites will be examined in more detail: a rewilding initiative in North-East Portugal, and a community archaeology project at Orford Ness in Suffolk. In Portugal, rewilding is taking place in semi-abandoned agricultural landscapes where re-introduced ‘wild’ horses coexist with traditional rural farming communities. This presents challenges and opportunities for human/nonhuman relationships when attempting to create ‘new’ future natures. At Orford Ness, a community archaeology project has been recording and monitoring remnants before they disappear into the sea. A short film titled ‘Recording Loss’ will be shown to explore the concept of loss and the persistence of memory in a dynamic coastal environment.
This work is part of the Heritage Futures programme, a 4-year (2015-19) AHRC-funded interdisciplinary project that compares and contrasts heritage practices across different domains (https://heritage-futures.org/). I have been the researcher on the Transformation thematic package led by Caitlin DeSilvey at the University of Exeter.