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Ritual 'Litter' Redressed Workshop: The heritage of contemporary deposits

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The workshop is organised by Dr Ceri Houlbrook from the University of Hertfordshire and will explore the heritage of the contemporary deposit, defined here as any tangible item placed in a public space with no obvious intention of retrieval.

The aim of the workshop will be to promote a renegotiation of the term ‘ritual litter’ and to foster a dialogue between academics (from a wide range of disciplines including history, archaeology, anthropology, folklore) researching contemporary deposits, and heritage specialists and site managers, who tackle the practical issues surrounding such depositions.

There is a perceived schism between the researcher’s approach to these objects (as ‘material culture’, ‘ritual artefacts’, ‘empirical data’), and how they are sometimes viewed and treated within the heritage sector (as ‘litter’, ‘waste’, ‘vandalism’). However, this schism is not always evident, and successful collaborations have taken place between researchers and site managers. The workshop’s primary objectives are to explore such collaborations, address problems, and exchange ideas on the management of contemporary deposits.


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10:00 Registration

10:15 Ceri Houlbrook, welcome and introduction

PANEL 1

10:25 Tiina Aikas, ‘Contemporary offerings at Sámi sacred places in Taatsi, Finland’

10:50 R. B. Parish, ‘‘Votive’ offerings and healing wells: A historical and modern perspective’

11:05 Lindsay Fricker, ‘British Seaside Piers: An archaeological perspective’

11:20 Discussion

11:35 Refreshment break

PANEL 2

11:55 Sonja Hukantaival, ‘Contemporary deposits in buildings and ships – who cares?’

12:15 Melissa Beattie, ‘Eight Years [G]on[e]: A Study of the Torchwood Memorial in Cardiff Bay’

12:30 Sara Hannant, ‘Numinous: Photographs of discarded clouties from Sancreed well re-presented in dialogue with ancient folk magic’

12:45 Paul Graves-Brown, ‘Celebrity Veneration: The creation of spontaneous street shrines and tribute archives’

13:00 Discussion

13:15 Lunch

PANEL 3

14:15 Delun Gibby, ‘Sacred Circle: Contemporary ritual deposits at Gors Fawr, Pembrokeshire’

14:30 Debora Morretti, ‘Folk Litter on Display: The Ferretti Collection’

14:45 Tõnno Jonuks, Sacred Rubbish: Cleaning sites of contemporary deposits’

15:00 Discussion

15:20 Refreshment break

PANEL 4

15:40 Ian Marshman, ‘Diverse deposits and contemporary connections at Lincolnshire’s historic sites’

15:55 Andy Foley, ‘Secrets of the Smithy’

16:10 Keynote: Christine Finn, ‘Leaving More than Footprints. Modern Artifacts and Public Interventions at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, US, and in Kent UK’

16:30 Discussion and conclusions

For further information please contact: Dr Ceri Houlbrook, please email c.houlbrook@herts.ac.uk

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