Peter Stone, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace, Newcastle University and Chair of the UK National Committee of the Blue Shield, welcomes the new Cultural Property Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech. The bill calls for “the UK to ratify the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of armed conflict, dealing in cultural property illegally exported from occupied territory to be made criminal offence, and property protected under the convention and its protocols to be identified by new Blue Shield”.
Who We Are
Faculty and students, independent scholars, and concerned activists have all found an outlet for their ideas and projects at the Penn Cultural Heritage Center.
The PennCHC projects create opportunities for international and national partnerships and intercultural dialogues.
Calendar of Events
The PennCHC hosts many events throughout the year, including a monthly lecture series, conferences, and discussion forums. View our schedule to learn more.
The PennCHC’s educational and professional training programs help law enforcement agents, the legal community, and scholars learn about cultural heritage issues and heritage policies.
Take a look back on history: The 50th Anniversary of Navajo Film Themselves, a special film program at the Penn Museum of Archaeology Saturday, June 11, 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Museum’s Rainey Auditorium
Missed David Hollenberg's lecture on heritage preservation in Yemen? Read more about his efforts to save Yemen's Manuscripts and support the YMDI on their website
And a huge thank you to our co sponsors the Penn Middle East Center and the Penn Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department
Today Diana Marsh visited us to talk about her observation and research of Smithsonian's 'Deep Time' exhibit. She explored the friction between research and outreach functions of the museum in the 21st century.
She also shared information about the efforts of the National Museum of Natural History to document their objects in 3D in order to make their collection accessible online. Watch the full video here
The Google Cultural Institute brings together millions of artifacts from multiple partners, with the stories that bring them to life, in a virtual museum.
Watch here to learn more about the Lab in Paris where "tech and creative communities come together to share ideas and discover new ways to experience art and culture."
Nicole Ivy, from the American Alliance of Museums, joined us on December 3rd to speak about the ideas and issues surrounding the archival of recent protests and the images used by or created in response to their movements.
Using #BlackLivesMatter as an example for her discussion, she talked about #museumsrespondtoferguson and the efforts of cultural institutions to provide a forum for groups as well as using their collections as a means of sparking discussion.
On Tuesday, October 6th, Aparna Tandon gave a lecture about preserving Cultural Heritage and the efforts of ICCROM to educate locals on methods of preservation. Details about her efforts and mission can be found in the book, "Cultural Emergency in Conflict and Disaster" to which she contributed an introduction. Click here to access this publication.
On Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 10:00am, Dr. Katharyn Hanson, a PennCHC Post-Doctoral Fellow, will testify before the Congressional Hearing of the Foreign Affairs Committee on the destruction of archaeological sites and the impact on modern communities in Iraq. The hearing will be live-streamed at the link below, so please save the date!
Can't wait for our next lecture? You don't have to!
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1:30 pm, room 345
Margaret M. Bruchac, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania:
"Along the Wampum Trail: Restorative Research in North Eastern Museums"