Assessing stories before sites: identifying the tangible from the intangible

Pocock, Celmara and Collett, David and Baulch, Linda (2013) Assessing stories before sites: identifying the tangible from the intangible. In: 3rd International Conference on Intangible Heritage 2013: Sharing Cultures, 24-26 Jul 2013, Aveiro, Portugal.


Despite a growing recognition that intangible heritage forms an important part of the significance of heritage sites, and that intangible values are intertwined with material resources and spaces, many procedures for the identification and management of heritage sites remain unchanged and fail to integrate these two sets of values. The conservation of heritage sites continues to be dominated by a process that first identifies a material site and then identifies the associated values that comprise its significance. This paper suggests that rather than identifying the physical expression of heritage as the initial point of heritage assessment, the stories (or intangible values) or a region or national history can form the primary mechanism for identifying physical heritage sites. Using the example or Australian government policies or Aboriginal segregation and assimilation, we show how national stories - or intangible values - can be used to identify representative sites.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2014 02:49
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2014 21:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: heritage; intangible; stories; Aboriginal; segregation; assimilation; policy; government; assessment; history
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200204 Cultural Theory
21 History and Archaeology > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9503 Heritage > 950304 Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage

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