The Bridge to Heaven – Amanohashidate: UNESCO World Heritage and the conservation of landscapes, comparing Japan and the UK

Third Thursday lecture - Sainsbury Institute

Thursday 21 October, 2021
6:00pm BST

Norwich Cathedral Hostry


Dr Andrew Hutcheson (Research Fellow, Sainsbury Institute)

Available to attend in person and stream online via Zoom. 45 min lecture and conversation with Professor Simon Kaner, followed by Q&A. Free and open to all, booking essential. To check your time zone conversion if you are joining from outside the UK, click here.

About the Talk

In February 2019 I travelled to Japan in part to attend a conference about the potential inscription onto the World Heritage List of a landscape with a beautiful sand bar separating two bays, Miyazu and Ine, on the Sea of Japan; this focal point is called Ama-no-hashidate. The relationship between the sandbar and the surrounding cultural heritage, and with the works of art that portray Ama-no-hashidate create a continuum of meaning. It is a site of worship and reverence and of contemplation. It is also a classic landscape in that it privileges the view of a special place. For me it helped crystallise some disparate ideas about landscape conservation. This resulted in a recent paper that explored differences between the approach to UNESCO cultural heritage in Japan and the UK.

About the Speaker

Andrew Hutcheson BSc, Phd is an archaeologist specialising in state formation and the role of institutions in the growth of complexity. He also holds a particular interest in cultural heritage and its relationship with natural heritage. Andrew is President of the Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, a board member of the East Anglian Archaeology Monograph Series, he is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. He was Environment Manager at Norfolk County Council between 2013 and 2019. Andrew is working on several research projects for the Centre for Archaeology & Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture including: Nara to Norwich: arrivals of belief at the extremities of the Silk Roads 500-1000, Divergent Heritages: UNESCO and the cultural heritage of landscapes in the UK compared with Japan, and Global Perspectives on British Archaeology II. He is also developing a project comparing the Yayoi Period in Japan with Iron Age Britain.

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This event is part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2021.

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The Third Thursday Lecture series is funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Yakult UK.