Just what is it that we want from the past? History offers us true stories about the past; heritage sells or provides us with the past we appear to desire. The dividing line between history and heritage is, however, far from clear. This collection of papers addresses the division between history and heritage by looking at the ways in which we make use of the past, the way we consume our yesterdays. Looking at a wide variety of fields, including architectural history, museums, films, novels and politics, the authors examine the ways in which the past is invoked in contemporary culture, and question the politics of drawing upon 'history' in present-day practices. In topics ranging from Braveheart to Princess Diana, the Piltdown Man to the National History Curriculum, war memorials to stately homes, "History and Heritage" explores the presence of the past in our lives, and asks, how, and to what end, are we using the idea of the past. Who is consuming the past and why?
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Popular Past: Making Use of Pre-History 1. Narratives of Human Evolution and the Natural History Museum Peter Crawley 2. Vikings and Donald Duck Alex Service 3. Anarchy and Order - Re-inventing the Medieval in Contemporary Popular Narrative Harry Ziegler 4. Nasty Histories - Medievalism and Horror John Arnold 5. The Media Iconicity of Diana, Princess of Wales Jude Davies Part 2: The Personal Past: Your Granny had one of those 6. How Visitors Use Museum Collections Christine Johnstone 7. Monuments and Memory - The Great War Angela Gaggney 8. Psychoanalysis and Marxism in the Making of Self - Memory vs History Allegra Madgwick 9. "We wish he had been a better poet and a manlier fellow..." - Frederick Furnivall's Thomas Hoccleve Antonia Ward Part 3: The Political Past: Medievalism and the Ideology of Industrialism 10. Representations of the Middle Ages in French Illustrated Magazines of the July Monarchy Michael Glencross 11. "Braveheart" - More than just "Pulp Fiction" Fiona Watson 12. The Hungriest Narrative - Devouring Mother Ireland Kathy Cremin 13. In Search of Englishness - In Search of Votes Sophie Breese 14. Stewardship, Sanctimony and Selfishness - A Heritage Paradox David Lowenthal Part 4: The Professional Past: Sir Charles Peers and After 15. From Frozen Monuments to Fluid Landscapes Keith Emerick 16. Transports of Delight? - Making and Consuming Histories at the National Railway Museum Colin Duvall 17. Issues of National Identity and the School Curriculum in Scotland Sydney Wood 18. Contesting the Past, Constructing the Future - History, Identity and Politics in Schools Robert Phillips 19. Truth, Ethics and Imagination - Thoughts on the Purpose of History David Andress