Re-Placing Risk and Ruination: Experimental Approaches to Access, Design and Engagement in Transitional Heritage Sites

Project description

Project Description

This research project will address a single problem: How do you activate a modern ruin? Responses will be drawn from a unique interdisciplinary study that will investigate the on-going transformation of a Scottish site of international architectural significance and its surrounding historic landscape (Kilmahew-St. Peters). Fusing individual areas of expertise in legal geographies, architecture and design, cultural landscapes and creative arts practice, the project team will investigate how public access to, and engagement with, this transitional heritage site, is being enabled in ways that are safe, creative and collaborative. Methodologically, the project will gather original data through a combination of critical literature review, stakeholder interviewing, and immersive, participatory fieldwork activity in the site under investigation. Data gathering will be undertaken by a Research Assistant; managed and supported by the Principal Investigators. Studying the novel and experimental approach to heritage site presentation and management being taken by artists, architects and designers at Kilmahew-St. Peters, will be the means to produce exemplary research findings with widespread relevance and applicability. Nationally and internationally, there are a multitude of valued heritage landscapes, in a ruinous, vulnerable, degraded state, requiring equivalent levels of creative intervention for the purposes of rehabilitation and to safeguard cultural legacies for the future. To report these outcomes, the project team will produce a series of high-quality published outputs, complemented by dissemination activities (‘Reporting Workshop’, ‘Guidance Notes’) intended for representatives of relevant heritage owners (small and large scale, private, public and charitable) in Scotland, and the rest of the UK.