Time, memory, place and land: Social meaning and heritage conservation in Australia

Clarke, Annie and Johnston, Chris (2003) Time, memory, place and land: Social meaning and heritage conservation in Australia. In: 14th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Place, memory, meaning: preserving intangible values in monuments and sites’, 27 – 31 oct 2003, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

One of the challenges facing heritage conservation practice in Australia is how to deal with the forms of social meaning different community groups, families and individuals attribute to places and landscapes through their lived experiences, memories and associations. Conventionally, heritage conservation has focused on fabric with less emphasis on the non-material aspects of cultural heritage. There is increasing recognition that intangible values play an important role in how people interact with their social and cultural environments and how these values impact on the ways in which people respond to conservation needs. However, the idea of conserving the intangible values of memory and experience also asks us to re-consider the way time and time-depth has been privileged in assigning scientific and historical significance. The integration of intangible values into conservation practice, whether associated with place, landscape or both will require a fundamental shift from a somewhat static view of significance to one that recognises the dynamic and contextual nature of social meaning. In this paper we will explore these issues of time, memory, experience and connections to place and landscape from our experiences of working in indigenous, colonial and migrant heritage across Australia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors:
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Clarke, AnnieUNSPECIFIED
Johnston, ChrisUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: local communities; conservation of cultural heritage; public awareness; intangible heritage; intangible values; land; landscapes; Australia
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 01. Generalities
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 04. Public awareness
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2003, 14th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2010 14:11
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:16
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/504

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