Heritage on the Edge
The Heritage on the Edge project, was a collaboration between ICOMOS, CyArk and Google Arts and Culture. It was coordinated for ICOMOS by Will Megarry from Queen’s University Belfast. It was launched in January 2020 and explored the relationship between cultural heritage and climate change through the lens of five world heritage site: The Historic Mosque City of Bagerhat in Bangladesh, Chan Chan Archaeological Zone in Peru, The Old and New Cities of Edinburgh in Scotland, The Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara in Tanzania and Rapa Nui National Park.
Using 3D capture technology, videos, interviews with stakeholders, infographics and narrative written by ICOMOS experts, the Heritage of the Edge Project explored issues including loss and damage, the recording and documentation of sites at risk, adaptation planning, carbon mitigation in historic structures, and climate justice in an accessible way using an online portal hosted on the Google Arts and Culture portal.
Impact of Research
The Heritage on the Edge Project explored the communicative power of heritage to stress urgency and encourage climate action. The project website which was translated into five languages including Swahili and Bangla, has been seen by over a million people from over 150 countries.
Major grants and funding
This project was funded by Google Arts and Culture.
Megarry, W., & Hadick, K. (2021). Lessons from the Edge: Assessing the impact and efficacy of digital technologies to stress urgency about climate change and cultural heritage globally. The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice. https://doi.org/10.1080/17567505.2021.1944571
The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), Paris (https://www.icomos.org)
CyArk, California (https://www.cyark.org/)
Google Arts and Culture (https://artsandculture.google.com/)
Sustainable Development Goals
SDG 11.4 : Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
SDG 13.3 : Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.
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