Aphrodite is a founding Director of Inherit whose career to date, mainly in NGOs, has focused on applied research and project management on landscape issues, community development and heritage management. She has degrees in Archaeology and in International Relations and is completing her PhD on landscape and sustainable human development. She has extensive experience in Greece and the Mediterranean. Her main interests lie in directly linking natural and cultural heritage as a means for achieving the sustainable development of communities and places. Amongst other things, she initiated and coordinated the establishment of the Vjosa / Aoos River Ecomuseum on the borders of Greece and Albania, has worked on community-based approaches to landscape characterisation in the Eastern Mediterranean and collaborated closely with the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy and the Council of Europe for the ratification and the implementation of the European Landscape Convention in her home country.
Chris has a background in researching the history of rural communities and places, and people’s changing relationships with the land. He has a PhD in archaeology and has worked in heritage for twenty years. He worked for government, in commercial practice and in academia before becoming a founding director of Inherit in January 2017. He has a depth of knowledge concerning heritage and landscape policy, the ways they are implemented in practice and the impacts they have on people’s lives. He has a particular interest in the links between cultural heritage, land rights and land reform, and in the use of cultural heritage in community-led rural development and conservation.
Skye McAlpine Walker
Skye is a research and executive assistant with Inherit’s parent charity, the York Archaeological Trust. She works with Inherit on several of our programmes, as well as providing general support with the development and administration of the institute. For the Trust as a whole, Skye is developing the organisation’s Research Strategy and she provides interpretation for exhibitions. She has a background in Medieval and Early Modern studies, with a focus on the history of ideas and culture. She has been involved in international public art installations and exhibitions and contributed to a collection of Australian Holocaust survivor stories, edited by Alice Nelson and published by Fremantle Press in 2015.
We have a small core team that runs the institute and leads our work. To deliver our programmes and projects, we work with colleagues from other parts of our parent charity - the York Archaeological Trust - and a wide range of external partners.
Who we work with
We work with a broad range of communities, charities and NGOs, public bodies and experts. Our recent and current partners include:
Communities in Scotland, Greece, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
Nonprofit organisations and associations such as: Community Land Scotland, the Mediterranean Institute for Nature & Anthropos, Euronatur, RiverWatch, EcoAlbania, Pindos Perivallontiki, Wetlands International, IUCN ECARO and Tour du Valat.
Academic partners including: the universities of Durham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Edinburgh in the UK, the American University of Beirut (Lebanon), the Council for British Research in the Levant (UK & Jordan), the University of Genoa (Italy), the University of Granada (Spain), and the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès 2 (France).
About the York Archaeological Trust
Inherit is part of a larger organisation, the York Archaeological Trust. The Trust was founded in 1972 and is an independent and self-funded charity. It has around 200 staff based across four centres in the UK (York, Sheffield, Nottingham and Paisley). The Trust carries out high-quality heritage research. It provides education and training for communities, volunteers, school children and university students. It runs a series of heritage-based visitor attractions in York, including the world-renowned JORVIK Viking centre. Some 500,000 visitors annually visit its main venues. Through Inherit’s UK and international programmes, and the Trust's wider community and social benefit work in the UK, the charity promotes participation in heritage, helps to increase the diversity of those engaging with and benefitting from heritage, and supports people’s empowerment.
How we are funded
Inherit is part of a larger independent charity and is run on a strictly not-for-profit basis. We are funded by contributions from donors and by grants.
Our recent and current funders include: the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund and Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth programme, Community Land Scotland, the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council, the Scottish Government, the MAVA Fondation Pour La Nature and Durham University’s Institute for Advanced Study