Heritage Pathway - Current Issues in Arts and Heritage: Heritage and the Climate Crisis

This session will provide insights into the way in which the Arts & Heritage sector is approaching the climate crisis, and the ways in which this impacts upon the conservation, access, interpretation and futures of heritage sites.

The climate crisis, as noted by recent Historic England research, is affecting our historic environment: the impacts of warmer wetter winters, hotter drier summers, increasingly intense rainfall, rising sea levels and changing patterns in our seasonal weather all exacerbate environmental hazards that affect our heritage. However, our historic environment and cultural heritage is also an important resource for understanding our changing climate, helping reduce carbon and helping people, places and communities adapt to future climates.

This session will feature presentations from Historic England, a case study from the Oxford Resilient Buildings and Landscapes Laboratory, and an introduction to the Strategic Research Fund-supported Oxford Net Zero project.


  • Dr Hannah Fluck - Head of Environmental Strategy, Historic England.
  • Dr Katrin Wilhelm - Co-Lead Oxford Resilient Buildings and Landscape Laboratory.
  • Dr Martin Michette - Social Sciences Engagement Fellow, English Heritage


OOC DTP students at Oxford University are welcome to register via the booking link. OOC DTP students at the Open University or Cambridge University, please email training@humanities.ox.ac.uk to reserve a space.