Willowbank is an independent and innovative educational institution in the cultural heritage field, operating within a dramatic historic setting. It is at the cutting edge of a global shift towards a more ecological and sustainable approach to heritage conservation.
Willowbank uses a cultural landscape framework for its work. It defines cultural landscapes – whether in urban, rural or wilderness settings – as the embodiment of cultural practice. These places reflect the cultural knowledge and aspirations of their inhabitants. The cultural landscapes of different cultural groups and sub-groups often overlap, creating a richness and diversity that needs to be celebrated and nurtured. Willowbank’s approach reflects insights drawn in part from its First Nations faculty and associates.