Heritage as Reconciliation: A Winter School exploring heritage practice in contested societies

  • Conference /

  • Corrymeela, Ballycastle, Co Antrim

This Winter School addresses the roles of cultural heritage in building peace and promoting reconciliation in divided and post–conflict societies. Utilising both local and international perspectives and experiences, the school will include academic and practitioner inputs, dialogue and discussion sessions and participatory field visits.

Cultural heritage plays a complex role in conflict and divided societies. It has been used in the propagation of particular identities through the construction of complex and often competing narratives of the past. There is increased awareness of the deliberate targeting of cultural heritage sites and landscapes in conflict zones, to the looting and sale of conflict antiquities. Its destruction carries significant symbolic meaning and receives widespread media coverage. But what role does cultural heritage potentially play in divided or post conflict societies?

The school is organised around 4 key themes.

Click on each theme below for more information:

Theme 1: Heritage, the Past and Contemporary Conflict
Theme 2: Archaeology and Inclusive Community Practice
Theme 3: Museums and the Heritage of Conflict
Theme 4: Evaluating the Impact of Heritage Programmes


The School is a residential event, held at Corrymeela, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organisation. The school is being organised by an innovative partnership comprised of Corrymeela, Quarto Collective, Belfast City Council and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council alongside Queen’s University, Belfast, Ulster University and the College of William and Mary. It is envisaged that the seminar proceedings will be published in a special Journal.


There are 3 cost options depending on your accommodation requirements. The options below include food (Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Evening Meal), refreshments and access to the full conference programme, including an off–site field trip.

Single Room: £450stg per person
Shared Room (Max 2 people): £350stg per person
Non–residential: £325stg. For those who wish to book non residentially, accommodation can be privately booked in the nearby town of Ballycastle. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Conference bursaries are available

Click here for full information on the Corrymeela Website