SGSAH Heritage Hub Event: Replicas in Museums and Heritage Contexts: Putting Theory into Practice

Issued: Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:07:00 BST

Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities Heritage Hub

National Museums of Scotland Collections Centre, 242 West Granton Road, Edinburgh, EH5 1JA, 28 November 2019


This SGSAH Heritage-Hub day-event, taking place at the National Museums of Scotland Collections Centre, is organised by the University of Stirling in partnership with National Museums Scotland and ICOMOS UK. The workshop aims to bring students, museum and heritage practitioners together to discuss the theory and practice of working with replicas on monuments, in museums and in other heritage contexts, and to consider the implications of recent ethnographic work on their contemporary value and authenticity. There is a focus on thinking and acting in an interdisciplinary way, and across the museum and heritage sectors.

This free event is for interested postgraduate research students (8 places max, application through the SGSAH) and invited museum and heritage practitioners (10 places max). The practitioners will be people who work with replicas in heritage site and museum contexts and who are interested in developing practical guidance that is informed by current research. The final discussion will develop co-produced ideas for what such cross-sector guidance might contain. This will inform a guidance-drafting workshop, attended by practitioners only, which is taking place the following day.

Those students offered places will be eligible to claim their travel back in line with SGSAH travel policy.


Building 1, Conference Room 2, National Museums of Scotland Collections Centre, Granton, Edinburgh. For details and how to find, see



Registration and coffee


Welcome, introductions, objectives - addressing the thing about replicas!

Dr Sally Foster, University of Stirling


Presentation: Perspectives on authenticity

Professor Siân Jones, University of Stirling


Tour 1 of replica collections


Tour 2 of replica collections


Lunch (provided)


Round-up discussion prompted by tours: what sorts of replicas are of interest to attendees / on your monuments or in your collections? What sorts of authenticity and values attach to these? How do these relate to the historic originals?


Leading to: Facilitated replica ‘handling’ session, with ongoing discussion about historical perceptions of their value and authenticity

Professor Sam Alberti, National Museums of Scotland / University of



Presentation: Ethnographic work on contemporary value and authenticity of replicas and its implications

Dr Sally Foster, University of Stirling


Discussion in groups and feedback: what difference does such research make? Ideas for what needs to be covered in proposed guidance for museum and heritage practitioners in relation to replicas


Closing discussion and completion of evaluation forms

Apply for a place here, by Monday 11 November