MOLA hosts Henan delegation

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MOLA played host to an important delegation of officials from Henan province, China. The visit of delegates from the Henan Bureau of Cultural Relics, Institute of Archaeology and the Institute of Historic Building Preservation was organised by the Oxford-Cambridge Centre for Advance Management.

Henan has some of the richest archaeological remains in China. Three of the Seven Ancient Capitals of China are in this central province. It is the birthplace of the Neolithic Yangshao and Longshan cultures, and other famous sites include the Longmen Grottoes of the Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties, and the “Historic Monuments of Dengfeng” which include the world famous Shaolin Monastery. Like much of China, the province is undergoing rapid development.

The aim of the visit was to discuss heritage management and protection regimes in the UK and China, and to build contacts between like-minded organisations. The delegates were welcomed to the Museum of London Archaeology headquarters at Mortimer Wheeler House by MOLA’s Chief Executive, Taryn Nixon, who gave a presentation on the UK heritage management framework, with case studies from MOLA’s projects services in the UK and overseas.

Taryn and colleague Nick Elsden gave delegates a tour of MOLA operations, and Francis Grew, the Museum of London’s Archive Manager, gave a tour of the London Archaeological Archives and Research Centre (LAARC). Interesting discussion highlighted many of the similarities in process, through the property and development planning and construction cycle, as well as some variations in approach around public engagement and museum practices. MOLA was delighted to have made these new contacts and looks forward to a continuing relationship.

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