From the Museum Perspective: promoting and safeguarding expressions of ‘spirit of place’ in North East England

Stefano, Michelle L. (2008) From the Museum Perspective: promoting and safeguarding expressions of ‘spirit of place’ in North East England. 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)

At the very heart of any ‘spirit of place’ are the varied and shared meanings and values amongst individuals and groups in relation to a particular location and its heritage. With respect to promoting and safeguarding ‘spirit of place’, little attention has been given to the contributions museums can and are currently making. Traditionally, museums have been involved with collecting aspects of heritage from communities, thereby, creating a separation between heritage, community and place. Although such activities tend to ignore the interconnectedness of these three entities, there are museums that engage, however small the scale, with these relationships and contribute to their promotion and safeguarding. Based on an examination of the projects and activities of three museums within the North East of England, it is argued that a potential role can exist through close cooperation with local communities, the true owners of ‘spirit of place’.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors:
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Stefano, Michelle L.UNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: museums; intangible heritage; conservation of cultural heritage; spirit of place; local communities
Subjects: L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 06. Musealization
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 01. Generalities
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
Name of monument, town, site, museum: The Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, Heatherslaw Corn Mill, and the Borough Museum and Art Gallery, in North East England, UK
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2010 16:59
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:13
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/226

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