The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled Heritage under threat will start again April 24th on the Coursera online platform. It is an initiative of the Centre for Global Heritage and Development, a partnership between the universities in Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam. The MOOC is available free to anyone who is interested in the subject; no prior knowledge is needed. The course is aimed at archaeologists and other academics, but is also suitable for anyone who is concerned about the future of cultural heritage.

Cultural heritage throughout the world is under threat from wars, neglect and looting. In this course you can learn to articulate your own concepts about (threatened) heritage and that of others. What is your heritage? Who defines heritage? Why is heritage under threat? How can we protect heritage? WW1, WW2, Cold war politics and contemporary conflicts as well as continuing political and socio-economic inequalities and colonial pasts are all factors playing a role in the global heritage discussions and approaches to (or lack of ) valorization and protection of heritage. One of the lecturers is Martijn Manders, maritime archaeologist and expert in maritime heritage.


This course is sponsored by the LDE Centre for Global Heritage and Development and the Honours Academy of Leiden University. The Netherlands Commission for UNESCO gave its support to one of the sections of the MOOC.