Keeping up Appearances: heritage values in house museums

Bravery, Suzanne (2008) Keeping up Appearances: heritage values in house museums. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

Determining and valuing the intangible spirit of place has been a complex and varied exercise for cultural heritage curators. Using historic house museums Elizabeth Farm, Meroogal and Vaucluse House, all properties of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, as examples, this paper examines the effects that physical methods of conservation and restoration have in the transmission of the spirit of the place. It looks at the role of the statement of significance as a guide to the spirit of the place. The pivotal roles and influences of individual curators, and their use of consultants, including educators, as mediators and determinants of the significance of the intangible elements of the spirit of the place are addressed, with a focus on the role that research-based decision-making plays in interpretation. The paper concludes that the uniqueness of a place can be captured in part by diverse approaches, and that it is valued and continuous.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Bravery, SuzanneUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: historic house museum; spirit of place; interpretation
Subjects: L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 06. Musealization
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 02. Interpretation
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Elizabeth Farm, NSW, Australia; Meroogal, NSW, Australia; Vaucluse House, NSW, Australia
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2010 11:50
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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Donnelly, Jessica Foy (ed.). 2002. Interpreting Historic House Museums. California: Alta Mira.

Peter Marquis-Kyle and Meredith Walker. 2004 The Illustrated Burra Charter. ICOMOS Australia.

Watts, Peter. 1986 Vaucluse House Conservation Plan including stables and outbuildings.HHT Sydney.
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/120

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