United Kingdom: Cultural Heritage Management Education
Cultural heritage management depends on public goodwill as it is funded out of taxpayers’ money or out of developers’ money at the behest of government. Without education in heritage and archaeology there will be less awareness of the need to manage cultural heritage, and heritage organizations will struggle to gain public funding. Cultural heritage in the UK is managed by various organizations. There have long been museums, which originally were intended to be educational. There are national agencies in different parts of the Kingdom: English Heritage, Historic Scotland, Cadw (in Wales), and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. These have ancient sites and remains in their care, and education about these sites is part of their work. In Scotland and Wales, there are also Royal Commissions on Ancient and Historic Monuments which also investigate cultural heritage. There is the National Trust, and the National Trust for Scotland, both independent of government and...
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- Aqa Archaeology. Available at www.aqa.org.uk (the awarding body for GCE AS and A Level archaeology)
- Campaign For Learning In Museums And Galleries. Available at www.cultureunlimited.org (think tank for the cultural sector that grew out of the Campaign for Learning in Museums and Galleries).
- Engaging Places. Available at www.engagingplaces.org.uk (supports learning through architecture, heritage and archaeology).
- Group For Education In Museums. Available at www.gem.org.uk (publish the Journal of Education in Museums).
- Inspiring Learning For All. Available at www.inspringlearningforall.gov.uk (developed the influential Generic Learning Objectives as a way of measuring the effectiveness of learning in museums).
- Learning Outside The Classroom. Available at www.lotc.org.uk (covers cultural and natural heritage, and offers the quality badge for sites working with schools and guidance on out of classroom education).
- OCR History Pilot. Available at www.ocr.org.uk (the awarding body for the GCSE History Pilot).