Heritage Conservation is an interdisciplinary field that has practical roots in advocacy, community-based pedagogy, and sustainable planning. The School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies (SICS) has sustained a vibrant M.A. programme in Heritage Conservation for almost thirty years. Some of our recent graduates are profiled here. SICS also offers an undergraduate Minor in Heritage and Conservation.

Key SICS faculty teaching in heritage and conservation subjects are Dr. Jerzy (Jurek) Elżanowski and Professor Susan Ross. They collaborate with colleagues in Architecture, Architectural History, Curatorial Studies, Engineering and History, who teach and/or do research in related subjects. Students from these other departments also participate in the graduate courses, providing a rich interdisciplinary context for learning and discussion of theory and practice. Students considering applying to study at the school are encouraged to contact professors Elżanowski and Ross to discuss their interests.

Students interested in following the Major Research Essay or Thesis option should discuss their intentions with both the School’s Graduate Supervisor Jennifer Henderson and other faculty with related research interests. Additional information on graduate programme options and requirements is found here. Some key resources on heritage conservation are listed here.

At a more practice-oriented level, many students in the Heritage Conservation programme select to do a combination of coursework and unpaid internships that count for credit. Internship partners in the last few years have included Bytowne Museum, Contentworks, City of Ottawa, Heritage Ottawa, Lowertown Community Association, National Capital Commission, and Parks Canada. Students may identify other partners or seek advice related to their interests. The internships take place during the term in lieu of a course, usually starting in the 2nd year.

Broken maple leaf railing, Major’s Hill Park former potting shed/Blink Gallery, Ottawa (Susan Ross, 2015)