This volume brings together an interdisciplinary team of leading scholars to discuss frameworks of value in relation to the preservation of historic environments. Starting from the premise that heritage values are culturally and historically constructed, the book examines the effects of pluralist frameworks of value on how preservation is conceived. It questions the social and economic consequences of constructions of value and how to balance a responsive, democratic conception of heritage with the pressure to deliver on social and economic objectives. It also describes the practicalities of managing the uncertainty and fluidity of the widely varying conceptions of heritage.
'This timely book, edited by two of the leading scholars in the field, addresses the key issue in environmental heritage management: how can we both recognise the value of the multiple constructed meanings and take preservation decisions in the real world which will almost inevitably privilege some meanings over others? And how, in the midst of this, can heritage managers avoid becoming 'government poodles'? This is a richly detailed, thought-provoking book; buy it, and read it.' Sue Pearce, University of Leicester, UK 'A galaxy of respected and challenging authors addresses the contexts of museum stewardship, the country house, seaside resort, heritage housing and cultural landscape in the UK and beyond. The focus of place as the site for multiple narratives of identity and history emerges convincingly. Not an easy passage, but definitely among my top titles for any new secretary of state or minister for culture to read.' British Archaeology 'Given the dearth of academic journals publishing research in heritage conservation management, books like this one fill an important niche.' Architectural Science Review 'This collection of ten, wide-ranging essays explores various aspects of heritage, and more specifically, conundrums in heritage management in contemporary, culturally pluralist communities. With topics as diverse as street art and graffiti, social housing, monuments, seaside resorts and the Country House (capital letters mandatory!), this collection presents many thought-provoking and fresh concepts and approaches to heritage.' Museum and Society 'Valuing Historic Environments offers a number of interesting insights into how "heritage" as a construct comes to be identified and how its conservation is affected by a selective approach to it as "assets".' Context 'The strength of Valuing Historic Environments is in the willingness of its experienced authors to provide a current, informed audit of heritage concepts and processes, and to address their im
Contents: Introduction: valuing historic environments, Lisanne Gibson and John Pendlebury; Part I Values and Heritage Stewardship: Patrons, populists, apologists: crises in museum stewardship, David Lowenthal; Deference and humility: the social values of the country house, Laurajane Smith; Historic landscapes and the recent past: whose history?, Peter Howard. Part II Cultural Landscapes: Cultural landscapes and identity, Lisanne Gibson; Being autocentric: towards symmetry in heritage management practices, John Schofield; Reputation and regeneration: history and the heritage of the recent past in the re-making of Blackpool, John K. Walton and Jason Wood; Values not shared: the street art of Melbourne's city laneways, Tracey Avery. Part III The Heritage of Housing: The Georgian house: the making of a heritage icon, Peter Borsay; Social housing as heritage: the case of Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne, John Pendlebury, Tim Townshend and Rose Gilroy; Whose housing heritage?, Peter Malpass; Index.