Our heritage is rooted in local cultures and environments. However, does modern communication and its international bias now threaten regional integrity? How do we combine global awareness with practical local action, and can heritage be exported from one place to another like Euro Disney? Also, how will future cultural and environmental policies be influenced by the principle of subsidiarity and Article 128 of the Maastricht Treaty? These are some of the questions and issues to be discussed by contributors from the Heritage Convention, and to be included in this collection of papers. Drawn from papers presented at The Robert Gordon University Heritage Convention in 1995, this volume addresses a range of questions and explores issues critical to the sustained use of the Earth's heritage and economic benefit of local communities.
Survival and wilderness - a global dilemma, Nicholas Luard; globalization of the media - the impact on national cultures, Magnus Linklater; mickeying with the muses - Disney World and regional identity, William Tramposch; sustaining cultural identities - community arts in the United States, Lynne Williamson; why the arts matter, Lord Gowrie; axe the Arts Council - a threadbare figleaf, Robert Hewison; leave the Arts Council alone - a response to Robert Hewison, Lord Gowrie; the cultural potency of sport - a neglected heritage asset, Terry Stevens; the heritage consumers - identity and affiliations in Scotland, Angela Morris et al; clergyman and merchant - an iconography of the Dutch, Frans Schouten; the outdoor Viking - how the Norwegians do it, Per Freyland Pallesen; rural versus urban - environmental perceptions in Malta, Alexander Borg; routes to cultural identity - a European system of networks, Michel Thomas-Penette; silk and textile routes - Council of Europe cultural itineraries, Moira Stevenson; on the trail of music - origins of the Scottish triple pipes, John Purser; on the trail of folk furniture - a Highland heritage shared across the seas, Ross Noble; the North Sea highway - cultural arena or political barrier, Martin Carver; access to a nation's assets - challenges for Scottish tourism policy, Gordon Adams; access to our natural heritage - a new framework for Scotland, Roger Crofts; the freedom to roam - a cultural and economic asset, Robert Gordon Reid; natural heritage zones - a new approach in Scotland, Roger Crofts; harnessing heritage assets - the challenge facing local government, Peter Peacock; museums from the ground up - a community approach to development, Graham Watson; on the other side of sorrow - nature and people in the Scottish Highlands, James Hunter; beyond the memories - drawing strength from the diaspora, John Alec MacPherson; Scots Gaelic as a tourism asset, Roy Pedersen; mair licht on the mither tongue - Scots as a national language, Billy Kay. (Part contents)