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Welcome to the Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage

The Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage (CECH) focuses upon ethical debates surrounding cultural heritage, in particular relations with indigenous peoples.

In particular, CECH looks at relations with indigenous peoples; professional standards and responsibilities; ethical codes; notions of value; concepts of stewardship and custodianship; the meaning and moral implications of ‘cultural heritage'; who ‘owns' the past or the interpretation of it; roles and responsibilities of museums; the trade in antiquities; opportunities and problems associated with tourism; and the treatment of human remains (including repatriation).
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Research

A collaborative research centre, CECH involves academics and practitioners from the Departments of Archaeology, Anthropology, Philosophy and Law with the intention of creating long-term interdisciplinary research projects, links and publications.

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Get in Touch

Enquiries about the Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage should be sent via the email below.

Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage

c/o Department of Philosophy
Durham University
South Road
DH1 3LE, UK

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 2000