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 trained in archaeology, history and historical geography. His PhD (2001) was about the recent history of communities and landscapes in the Scottish Highlands, and he continues to research people’s changing relationships with their land and places. Chris 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 track record of research in these areas and a particular interest in matters of ethics and justice concerning people and their relationships with heritage, land and landscape.
Who we work with
It is essential to work with others in order to bring about positive change. We seek to add value to the broader collective effort to put heritage to use for the purposes of development. We collaborate 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.
Public bodies including the Directorates of Antiquities in Suleymaniyah and Kalar Governates in the Kurdish Region of Iraq, the Slemani Museum and the Garmian Civilizations Museum in Kalar.
Academic partners including the Department of Landscape Design & Ecosystem Management at the American University of Beirut, the Council for British Research in the Levant, Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations, Durham University’s Archaeology Department and Institute for Advanced Study, and the University of Glasgow Archaeology Department.
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 that enables people to realise the social, economic and environmental value of cultural heritage. 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, and some 500,000 visitors annually visit its main venues. Through Inherit’s UK and international programmes, and the Trusts's wider community and social benefit work in the UK, the charity promotes participation in heritage, helps to increase the diversity of those 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 individual donors and by grants.
Our recent and current funders include:
The British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund
Durham University’s Institute for Advanced Study