CHM1001 Contemporary Cultural Heritage Management Practices

Code: CHM1001
Credits: 30


This module aims to provide critical skills needed for managing of cultural heritage, with a particular focus on Chinese cultural heritage in and outside of China. It critically examines contemporary practices of heritage management, which incorporate key concepts such as stewardship, community participation and sustainability. The module explores the management of diverse forms of cultural heritage e.g. cultural landscape management, traditional cultural heritage management practices employed in museums, galleries and other heritage organisations. Students shall learn to plan, manage and critically assess management issues such as visitor participation and interpretation of heritage, local community/public engagement and stewardship, carrying capacity, planning and legislation, and practical care of artefacts. The course will be enriched with the case studies of previous Ming-Ai (London) Institute projects, and projects undertaken by our partner museums. Delivery methods include lectures, guest lectures, seminars, discussion, and field visit and study.

  • Introduce students to traditional and contemporary methods of cultural heritage management employed by heritage organisations.

  • Introduce students to practical ways of caring for heritage, with an emphasis on Chinese heritage in the UK and overseas.

  • Introduce students to the importance of public engagement and critical evaluation of the different ways this can be achieved

  • Enable students to critically analyse the success of current cultural heritage management

  • Encourage students to critically think about new ideas for public engagement and local community participation and stewardship, exhibition design, and sustainable management.

  • Enhance practical knowledge and skills with workshops hosted by partner organisations




Have a comprehensive understanding of:

  • The different approaches in which Heritage Organisations manage both tangible and intangible heritage

  • The importance of making heritage accessible to the general public

  • The different management methods employed by heritage organisations in the UK and in China, Taiwan and other overseas Chinese communities.

  • The methods employed in selecting which heritage to preserve


  • Ability to identify and critically analyse the most appropriate management plan, technique for a any specific element of heritage

  • Ability to critically analyse the success of various management practices and methods currently employed by organisations and particularly throughout various Chinese communities globally, and provide creative suggestions for improvements.

  • Ability to design sustainable management plan for any heritage, and to critically assess issues regarding visitors participation and interpretation, public engagement, carrying capacity, planning and legislation, and practical care of artefacts.

Teaching and learning

Students will be taught through a combination of lectures, guest lectures, seminars, workshops and visits.


Coursework 1 (25%), Coursework 2 (25%) & Coursework 3 (50%)
Total: 100%