1st Edition

A Museum Studies Approach to Heritage

Edited By Sheila Watson, Amy Jane Barnes, Katy Bunning Copyright 2019
    930 Pages
    by Routledge

    930 Pages
    by Routledge

    Heritage’s revival as a respected academic subject has, in part, resulted from an increased awareness and understanding of indigenous rights and non-Western philosophies and practices, and a growing respect for the intangible. Heritage has, thus far, focused on management, tourism and the traditionally ‘heritage-minded’ disciplines, such as archaeology, geography, and social and cultural theory. Widening the scope of international heritage studies, A Museum Studies Approach to Heritage explores heritage through new areas of knowledge, including emotion and affect, the politics of dissent, migration, and intercultural and participatory dimensions of heritage.

    Drawing on a range of disciplines and the best from established sources, the book includes writing not typically recognised as 'heritage', but which, nevertheless, makes a valuable contribution to the debate about what heritage is, what it can do, and how it works and for whom. Including heritage perspectives from beyond the professional sphere, the book serves as a reminder that heritage is not just an academic concern, but a deeply felt and keenly valued public and private practice. This blending of traditional topics and emerging trends, established theory and concepts from other disciplines offers readers international views of the past and future of this growing field.

    A Museum Studies Approach to Heritage offers a wider, more current and more inclusive overview of issues and practices in heritage and its intersection with museums. As such, the book will be essential reading for postgraduate students of heritage and museum studies. It will also be of great interest to academics, practitioners and anyone else who is interested in how we conceptualise and use the past.

    Table of contents

    Notes on contributors

    Series preface




    Sheila Watson, Amy Jane Barnes and Katy Bunning

    Part I: Heritage contexts, past and present

    Introduction to Part I

    Amy Jane Barnes

    1. Heritage pasts and heritage presents: temporality, meaning and the scope of heritage studies
    2. David C. Harvey

    3. Museum studies and heritage: independent museums and the ‘heritage debate’ in the UK
    4. Anna Woodham

    5. People [extracts]
    6. Alan Bennett

    7. The crisis of cultural authority
    8. Tiffany Jenkins

    9. Editorials: History Workshop Journal
    10. Editorial Collective/Raphael Samuel

    11. Hybrids
    12. Raphael Samuel

    13. Understanding our encounters with heritage: the value of 'historical consciousness'
    14. Ceri Jones

    15. Weighing up intangible heritage: a view from Ise
    16. Simon Richards

    17. From monument to cultural patrimony: The concepts and practices of heritage in Mexico
    18. Cintia Velázquez Marroni

    19. We come from the land of the ice and snow: Icelandic heritage and its usage in present day society
    20. Guðrún D. Whitehead

    21. Por la encendida calle antillana: Africanisms and Puerto Rican architecture
    22. Arleen Pabón

    23. Iconoclash in the age of heritage [extracts]

    Peter Probst

      Part II: Authenticity and tourism

      Introduction to Part II

      Sheila Watson

    13. Touring the slave route: inaccurate authenticities in Bénin, West Africa

    Timothy R. Landry

    14. Steampunking heritage: How Steampunk artists reinterpret museum collections

    Jeanette Atkinson

    15. Why fakes?

    Mark Jones

    16. The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction

    Walter Benjamin

    17. After authenticity at an American heritage site

    Eric Gable and Richard Handler

    18. Makeover for Mont-Saint-Michel: a renovation project harnesses the power of the sea to preserve one of the world’s most iconic islands

     Alexander Stille

    19. Resonance and wonder

    Stephen Greenblatt

    20. ‘Introduction’ to In Search of Authenticity: The Formation of Folklore Studies

    Regina Bendix

    Part III: Emotions and materiality

    Introduction to Part III

    Sheila Watson

    21. Invoking affect

    Clare Hemmings

    22. The archaeology of mind [extracts]

    Jaak Panksepp and Lucy Biven

    23. 'The trophies of their wars': affect and encounter at the Canadian War Museum

    Sara Matthews

    24. Huddled masses yearning to buy postcards: the politics of producing heritage at the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island National Monument.

    Joanne Maddern

    25. The Holocaust and the museum world in Britain: a study of ethnography

    Tony Kushner

    26. Senses of place, senses of time and heritage

    Gregory John Ashworth and Brian Graham

    27. Making heritage pay in the Rainbow Nation

    Lynn Meskell

    28. The concept and its varieties

    Anthony Smith

    29. Materiality matters: experiencing the displayed object

    Sandra Dudley

    30. Concepts of identity and difference

    Kathryn Woodward

    31. Emotional engagement in heritage sites and museums: ghosts of the past and imagination in the present

    Sheila Watson

    32. The Third World

    Jeremy Black

    33. Turkish delight: Antonio Gala's La pasión turca as a vision of Spain's contested Islamic heritage

    Nicola Gilmour

    34. ‘The cliffs are not the cliffs’: the cliffs of Dover and national identities in Britain, c.1750 – c.1950

    Paul Readman

    Part IV: Diversity and identity

    Introduction to Part IV

    Katy Bunning

    35. Museums as intercultural spaces

    Simona Bodo

    36. Gradients of alterity: museums and the negotiation of cultural difference in contemporary Norway

    Marzia Varutti

    37. Museums in a global world: a conversation on museums, heritage, nation and diversity in a transnational age

    Conal McCarthy, Rhiannon Mason, Christopher Whitehead, Jakob Ingemann Parby, André Cicalo, Philipp Schorch, Leslie Witz, Pablo Alonso Gonzalez, Naomi Roux, Eva Ambos and Cirai Rassool

    38. Reflections on the Confluence Project: assimilation, sustainability, and the perils of a shared heritage

    Jon Daehnke

    39. Ethnic heritage for the nation: debating 'identity museums' on the National Mall

    Katy Bunning

    40. Heritage interpretation and human rights: documenting diversity, expressing identity, or establishing universal principles?

    Neil Siberman

    41. Un-placed heritage: making identity through fashion

    Malika Kraamer and Amy Jane Barnes

    Part V: Participatory heritage

    Introduction to Part V

    Katy Bunning

    42. Research on community heritage: moving from collaborative research to participatory and co-designed research practice

    Andrew Flinn and Anna Sexton

    43. Beyond the rhetoric: negotiating the politics and realising the potential of community-driven heritage engagement

    Corinne Perkin

    44. From representation to participation: inclusive practices, co-curating and the voice of the protagonists in some Italian migration museums

    Anna Chiara Cimoli

    45. Museums, trans youth and institutional change: transforming heritage institutions through collaborative practice

    Serena Iervolino

    46. Embrace the margins: adventures in archaeology and homelessness

    Rachael Kiddey and John Schofield

    47. Developing dialogue in co‐produced exhibitions: between rhetoric, intentions and realities

    Nuala Morse, Morag Macpherson and Sophie Robinson

    48. Community engagement, curatorial practice and museum ethos in Alberta, Canada

    Bryony Onciul

    Part VI: Contested histories and heritage

    Introduction to Part VI

    Sheila Watson

    49. Contested townscapes: the walled city as world heritage

    Oliver Creighton

    50. Reassembling Nuremberg, reassembling heritage.

    Sharon Macdonald

    51. Can there be a conciliatory heritage?

    Erica Lehrer

    52. Palimpsest memoryscapes: materializing and mediating war and peace in Sierra Leone

    Paul Basu

    53. Representing the China Dream: a case study in revolutionary cultural heritage

    Amy Jane Barnes

    54. Contested trans-national heritage: the demolition of Changi prison, Singapore

    Joan Beaumont 

    55. The politics of community heritage: motivations, authority and control

    Elizabeth Crooke

    56. 'To make the dry bones live': Amédée Forestier’s Glastonbury Lake Village

    James E. Phillips

    57. ‘Introduction’ to Contested Landscapes: Movement, Exile and Place

    Barbara Bender

    58. Sensuous (re)collections: The sight and taste of socialism at Grūtas Statue Park, Lithuania

    Gediminis Lankauskas



    Sheila Watson is an Associate Professor and Director of the MA/MSc in Heritage and Interpretation by Distance Learning in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, UK.

    Amy Jane Barnes is Research Associate in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester, UK, a University Teacher at Loughborough University, UK, and an affiliate of King's College London.

    Katy Bunning is a Lecturer and Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, UK.

    "This new edition of People of the Earth continues the highly authoritative and well-written coverage of Brian Fagan’s thorough and accessible introduction to global (pre)history.  Now with coauthor Nadia Durrani, the volume captures our humanity’s identity through deep time and our earthly space in a factual narrative readily intelligible to a broad readership.  From our human origins 7 million years ago to the Shang Dynasty of China, we are taken on a time-traveling machine with numerous layovers, surprises and counterintuitive storylines."

    Vernon L. Scarborough, University of Cincinnati, USA