Robyn Sloggett and Marcelle ScottFeb 18, 2023
Climatic and Environmental Threats to Cultural Heritage
How can cultural heritage give us the methodological tools and source material to confront climate change? How can the cultural heritage sector lead the way into a future that proactively faces the climate crisis? Who can be involved in this work—who gets to identify as a “cultural heritage expert”—and what is the work to be done?
Climatic and Environmental Threats to Cultural Heritage (Routledge, 2022) examines the challenges that environmental change, both sudden and long-term, poses to the preservation of cultural material. But more than this, Robyn Sloggett and Marcelle Scott point out how our confrontation of the climate crisis relies on the cultural heritage sector, which makes records and narratives available to inform decisions now and into the future.
Bringing together a diverse range of stakeholders who have an interest in—and responsibility for—the care of cultural heritage material and sites of cultural heritage value, the book explores thinking on and actions in relation to issues of climate change and environmental risk. Sloggett and Scott highlight stakeholders’ shared interest in drawing on collective expertise to meet the challenges that environmental change brings to the future of our cultural heritage and our cultural identity. Based on the understanding that this global challenge requires local, national and international co‐operation, the book also considers how local knowledge can have international application.
Jen Hoyer is Technical Services and Electronic Resources Librarian at CUNY New York City College of Technology and a volunteer at Interference Archive. Jen edits for Partnership Journal and organizes with the TPS Collective. She is co-author of What Primary Sources Teach: Lessons for Every Classroom and The Social Movement Archive.