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Cultures of the Countryside
Art, Museum, Heritage, and Environment, 1970-2015





ISBN 9781472423467
Published December 11, 2017 by Routledge
298 Pages

 
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Book Description

Cultures of the Countryside examines the relationship between the museum and the micro-cultures of the countryside. Offering an exploration of museums and heritage projects in the UK that have attempted to introduce new ways of engagement between localities, objects, and people, this book considers how museums, heritage initiatives, and art projects have dealt with pressing local and global socio-political issues relating to the environment and rural life, including changing demographics and rural practices, local environmental concerns, and global climate activism.



Providing a thorough examination of the representation of competing histories, visions and politics, Sekules asks whether museums and heritage projects can engage actively in shaping cultures, as well as reflecting them. At the core of the analysis is an examination of the findings from a project in the UK’s East Anglia, ‘The Culture of the Countryside’, from which emerged themes closely bound to different countryside landscapes, peoples and heritage.



Aimed at practitioners and students alike, Cultures of the Countryside provides a unique insight into the roles of the museum and heritage projects in rural and environmental issues in the recent past, whilst also offering perspectives and recommendations for the future.

Table of Contents

Introduction





Chapter 1: Countrification



Country and City



From Preservation to Protection to Campaigning for the Countryside



World Down to Earth



Protecting the Local



Moving to the Country



What does the Countryside Mean to You?



Not the Middle of Nowhere?





Chapter 2: Nostalgia, Art, and Folk Life



Museum and Mechanisation



Collections and Audiences



Nostalgia for the Working Horse



Folk-like in the Museum



Folk Culture: Survival and Revival



Artefacts and Folk





Chapter 3: Heritagisation and the ‘Open Air’



Public-Private Stewardship of Nature-Culture



Open Air Heritage and Democratisation



Landscape and Heritagisation



Interpretation



In the Field



Little Ouse Headwaters Project



Stewardship and the Working Landscape





Chapter 4: Education and the Countryside



The School in the Countryside



Children’s Countryside Knowledge



Environment Education and the Countryside



The Museum and Countryside Education



Outdoor Learning in the Countryside



Harmony and Subversion in the Forest



Education and Artists in the Countryside





Chapter 5: Global Village



BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Cultural Politics in the Countryside



Norfolk, Suffolk, and Papua New Guinea



Another Way of Learning



Middlesbrough Haka



Artist as Ethnographer



Globalising Village Connections



From ‘Cosmopolitan Contamination’ to Invasive Alien Species





Chapter 6: At the Edge of the Farm



Diversity of Farms



On the Edge of the Farm



Calamities and Creative Consequences



‘More about Human Intellect than Human Muscle’



Images of Farming



The Farm and the Artist-Ethnographer



The Museum

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Biography

Veronica Sekules was formerly Deputy Director and Head of Education and Research at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, UK, after an early career start in the environment movement and as a curator and writer. She is now Director of GroundWork Gallery in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, a new space dedicated to art and the environment.