London Heritages 2025
University of Greenwich

Critical Questions – Contemporary Practice
Event Date: June 25-27, 2025
Abstract Date: July 15, 2024
UNESCO World Heritage Site, Maritime Greenwich, University of Greenwich, The Royal Parks, National Maritime Museum
London Heritages 2025: Critical Questions – Contemporary Practice. Part of the Critical Heritage Series


A little over 25 years ago, the site of this conference, Maritime Greenwich, London, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Home to the first Palladian building in England, the Royal Naval College by Sir Christopher Wren, the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Observatory and the University of Greenwich, it is one of the UK’s most important historical sites. It is home to groundbreaking projects in digital heritage, the Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and a variety of major arts and cultural events annually. It is promoted by its ‘state-of-the-art’ visitor centre and ardently protected by the UK’s Listed Buildings and Conservation Acts. It is a quintessential site of world heritage.

However, as a site located in the city of London, it feels the pressures of economic and urban development. It is threatened by the strains of mass tourism and can be at risk of over exposure. It is located near areas of social deprivation and its buildings and parks are in need of continual, and costly, maintenance. Managing the site for local residents, the heritage community and visitors is complex and can be contested. In this regard, Maritime Greenwich is also the epitome of the difficulties faced across the heritage sector, the world over.

Using the World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich as a point of departure, this conference seeks to explore the critical questions for the heritage sector today from various disciplinary perspectives. Whether they come from the fields of art and architectural history, cultural studies, digital heritage, social history or landscape and urban planning. Seeking to position the site, its difficulties and successes in a global context, the conference also welcomes international case studies that explore the varied and complex components of heritage, conservation and preservation, as both a tangible and intangible phenomenon in different cultures, climates and socio-political contexts.



Reflecting this, the conference identifies a number of broad strands. They include but are not limited to:

Art & Architectural History & Theory – papers on the diversity of research in the field of art and architectural history and theory | Digital Heritage – questions and cases studies of technologies and medias such as laser scanning, VR and data mapping in the heritage sector | Socio-Cultural Heritage – critiques of the socio-cultural issues that comes into play when thinking about people, communities and heritage | Art, Architecture(s), Design & Practice – examinations of how contemporary artists, architects, and designers engage with context and heritage | Sites of heritage – considerations on sites of heritage, whether from the fields of archaeology, museology & conservation, or social questions of gentrification, inclusion or regeneration | Theories of heritage – reconsiderations of ideas, concepts and theoretical readings of heritage as both a practice and as a theoretical and cultural construct.

Image: Colin Lloyd


  • Heritage
  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Cultural Studies
  • Design
  • Anthropology
  • Tourism Studies
  • Preservation
  • Sociology
  • Urban Design
  • Conservation
  • Humanities
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Regional Studies
  • Digital Heritage
  • Community Studies

Key Dates

Abstracts (Early)
15 July 2024
20 Aug 2024
Abstracts (Round 1)
05 Dec 2024
25-27 June 2025
Full Paper Submissions
10 August 2025
Full Paper Resubmissions
20 Dec 2025
10 March 2026


Art & Architectural History & Theory
Preserving, interpretating and conserving heritage
Sites of Heritage
Archeology, museology & conservation
Theories of Heritage
Conceptual readings of cultures, histories heritage
Digital Heritage
Technology, new medias, science & engineering
Socio-Cultural Heritage
Cultural history, anthropology, human geography & people
Art, Architecture(s), Design & Practice
Art practice and contemporary architecture in context


In-person: Live in London at the University of Greenwich

@London: For delegates visiting London but presenting virtually on Zoom

Zoom: Virtual presentations coordinated by AMPS

Pre-recorded:  Pre-recorded presentations or films will be available permanently on the AMPS Academic YouTube channel

Written papers: In all cases, delegates can present full written papers for inclusion in associated conference publications

In-person: (15-20 mins)
@London: (15-20 mins)
Zoom: (15-20 mins)
Pre-recorded video: (15-20 mins)
Written papers: (3000 words)



The publishers that AMPS works with include Intellect Books, Routledge Taylor & Francis, UCL Press, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press and Libri Publishing.


Conference outputs include the AMPS Proceedings Series, ISSN 2398-9467; Special Issue Publications of the academic journal Architecture_MPS ISSN 2020-9006; Books from this event will be developed by Intellect Books, with short films available on the AMPS Academic YouTube Channel.


Written papers are optional.  If submitted they should be 3,000 word length. Formatting instructions to follow after the conference. All papers are double- blind peer reviewed for the AMPS Conference Proceedings Series. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions as articles in the academic journal Architecture_MPS or in specially produced conference books.



Submissions & Registration:

Registration Delegate Fee: $425 USD  |  Audience Fee: $210 USD                                                                                       Queries:


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