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Heritage, endangerment and participation: alternative futures in the Lake District / Sarah May, May

International Journal of Heritage Studies, Pages: 1 - 16

Swansea University Author: Sarah May, May

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Abstract

Cultural heritage policy in the UK puts a high value on participation, and heritage agencies often encourage that participation through appealing to the endangered status of the landscapes, sites and monuments in their care. Participation takes many forms, and can involve influencing policy, contrib...

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Published in: International Journal of Heritage Studies
ISSN: 1352-7258 1470-3610
Published: Taylor and Francis 2019
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa50931
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Abstract: Cultural heritage policy in the UK puts a high value on participation, and heritage agencies often encourage that participation through appealing to the endangered status of the landscapes, sites and monuments in their care. Participation takes many forms, and can involve influencing policy, contributing to cultural outputs and enjoying cultural activities. This paper critically examines the literature and discourse underpinning the endangerment/participation axis and presents a case study of heritage participation in the English Lake District. In order to ground critique in empirical investigation, the case study focusses on the practice of a particular fell shepherd, whose participation in heritage is not motivated by endangerment. The paper then explores the implications of this research for wider thinking about heritage and public life, arguing for the importance of moving beyond endangerment narratives for the creation of resilient heritage futures.
Keywords: Futures, heritage, participation, policy, endangerment, Lake District
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Start Page: 1
End Page: 16