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Durham Centre for Cultural Heritage Protection


The DCCHP builds on the expertise available in the Department of Archaeology in issues pertaining to cultural heritage protection, at a global scale.  The centre seeks to give a clear focus for a wide range of active engagements in documentation and monitoring, training and knowledge exchange and the delivery of strategic resources in the field of heritage protection. The centre’s activities make full use of the range of skills available in Durham to work with a variety of partners, in the UK and internationally.


Heritage is essential to our sense of identity and place in the world, but is more than ever 

under threat from conflict, development and tourism, natural disasters, and climate change. As a result, archaeology sits at the heart of contemporary political and social debates. Inspired by 

Durham’s own UNESCO World Heritage Site, a long tradition of archaeological fieldwork in the U.K., and internationally, and a broad and deep trajectory of heritage protection and training globally, we work to sustain and protect cultural heritage for future generations. We do this through documentation, research, training, and consultancy, and by seeking to understand how people across the globe engage with and respond to their own heritage and that of others. 


Upcoming Activities

6 December 2022 - Heritage partnerships SDG Workshop 1 - SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



Introduction by Dr Mark Manuel

Kai Weise, President of ICOMOS Nepal and GCRF Doctoral Student Durham University

Jane Gibson, Durham World Heritage Site Co-ordinator

Dr Keir Strickland, Senior Lecturer, La Trobe University, Australia 

Time: 3.00PM UK


Format: Online via Zoom




Meeting ID: 913 4213 2598  /  Passcode: 114860


25 April 2022 - Launch of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – Endangered Archaeology: Using Remote Sensing to Protect Cultural Heritage in Persian (Farsi) and French (also available in English and Arabic) 

View the course in English 

View the course in Arabic 

View the course in Persian (Farsi) 

View the course in French 

5 May 2022 - Conference - Value of Archives in Heritage Protection and Documentation

Organised by Marta Diaz Guardamino, Kristen Hopper, Anna Leone, Graham Philip for the Heritage Partnerships and MaVis Research and Impact Groups


Time: 10:00AM to 4:00PM UK

Format: TBA

Venue: TBA


Participants: Dr Pascal. Butterlin, Dr Michael Fradley, Dr Hopper, Prof. Leone, Prof. Asa Eger, Prof. Dell’Unto

Find out more

Find out more about the Centre at the links below


Find out more about the people associated with the Centre
Training Manager helping workshop participants sat in front of computers


A full list of the publications associated with the Centre
Google image of the Euphrates River and distribution of archaeological site following the construction of the Haditha dam