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Creating Heritage

Unrecognised Pasts and Rejected Futures, 1st Edition

Edited by Thomas Carter, David Charles Harvey, Roy Jones, Iain J.M. Robertson


244 pages | 53 B/W Illus.

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This book investigates the selection process of heritagisation to understand what specific pasts are being selected or rejected for representation, who is selecting them, how and to whom they are being represented and why they are being presented, or dismissed, in the ways that they are.

Some aspects of our pasts are venerated and memorialised for a variety of reasons, while others are forgotten or even hidden. This volume, thus, provides examples from across a spectrum. Some phenomena are well-suited to heritagisation, such as animals memorialised for their bravery, long past agricultural techniques and implements, and impressive landscapes. However, this book also deals with products (e.g. tobacco), historical periods (e.g. the Third Reich) and scientific techniques (e.g. genetic modification) with negative connotations that extend beyond their heritage attributes.

This volume considers how the actors in the heritage industry admit, valorise, prioritise and rationalise historic resources as heritage products. These findings provide practical examples of how heritage institutions privilege, frame and/or exclude a wide range of heritage items. They also contrast the invocations of sectional (local, national or class based) and more cosmopolitan heritages and consider the extent to which innovation and change are or can be acknowledged within the heritage discourse.

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of contributors


  1. Introduction

    Thomas Carter, David C. Harvey, Roy Jones and Iain J.M. Robertson

  2. Bygones, survivals and ‘all the old rubbish’: curatorial discernment and the failure to create an English folk museum

    Thomas Carter

  3. Disruptive forms, persistent values: negotiating digital heritage and ‘The Memory of the World’

    Elizabeth Stainforth

  4. Tracking working class heritage

    Iain J.M. Robertson

  5. Tempelhof Airport in Berlin: conflicting realms of heritage

    Dagmar Zadrazilova

  6. Hidden heritage and secret coves: analysing a discourse used to communicate about heritage and reflecting on its ontological politics

    Timothy J. Wilkinson

  7. A geomorphic paradox: performing histories of change as the land-slips away

    Frances Ryfield

  8. Ancestral tourism and heritage work on a Hebridean island

    Joanna Rodgers

  9. Remembering animals of the past and creating new sculptures of animal relationships with humans

    Hilda Kean

  10. From imperialism to inclusion: the evolving representations of heritage in Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia

    Roy Jones

  11. Are all forgotten friends worthy of memory? The public history of biotechnology in Canada

    Peter Anderson

  12. The heritage of agricultural innovation and technical change in post-war Britain: heroic narratives, hidden histories and stories from below

    David C. Harvey, Paul Brassley, Matthew Lobley and Michael Winter

  13. Heritage and sustainable development: the case of tobacco agriculture in eastern Taiwan

    Han-Hsiu Chen

  14. Afterword

    Thomas Carter, David C. Harvey, Roy Jones and Iain J.M. Robertson


About the Editors

Thomas Carter is the Heritage and Volunteer Coordinator for the University of Northampton Students’ Union. His work focuses on research and engagement projects connected to the restored Grade II listed Midland Railway Engine Shed which is now the Students Union’s home.

David C. Harvey is an Associate Professor in Critical Heritage Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark, and an Honorary Professor of Historical and Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter, UK. His work focuses on the geographies of heritage, landscape and commemoration.

Roy Jones is an Emeritus Professor of Geography at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. He is a historical geographer with research interests in heritage, tourism and regional change.

Iain J.M. Robertson is Reader in History at the Centre for History, University of the Highlands and Islands, UK, and an Adjunct Professor of Historical Geography at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. His work focuses on entanglements of heritage and power.

About the Series

Routledge Cultural Heritage and Tourism Series

The Routledge Cultural Heritage and Tourism Series offers a much-needed forum for original, innovative and cutting-edge research. This series is aimed at upper-level undergraduates, researchers and research students, as well as academics and policy-makers. Titles within the series are empirically and/or theoretically informed and explore a range of dynamic, diverse and topical areas, drawing across the humanities and social sciences to offer interdisciplinary perspectives. This series encourages new theoretical perspectives and showcases ground-breaking work that reflects the dynamism and vibrancy of heritage, tourism and cultural studies.

Areas of interest for the series are broad and multidisciplinary, including but not limited to:

  • Industrial heritage
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Pilgrimage
  • Dark tourism
  • Health and heritage
  • Archaeology and tourism
  • Museums
  • Social media and technology
  • Youth and cultural heritage
  • Genealogy and personal heritage
  • Cultural trails
  • Art and public art
  • Heritage cuisine and foodways
  • Intangible heritage
  • Heritage tour management
  • Visitor management and impacts
  • The tourist/visitor experience
  • Souvenirs
  • Cultural tourism and authenticity
  • Cultural parks
  • Conservation and interpretation
  • Heritage politics in tourism
  • Slow tourism, culture and heritage
  • Urban heritage
  • Rural tourism and agriheritage
  • Indigenous people and tourism
  • Ethnicity and tourism
  • Immigration, immigrants and diasporas
  • Language and tourism
  • Heritage tourism planning

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism