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Designing and co-creating heritage

Encyclopedia entry
Authors Jonathan Westin
Published in Encyclopaedia of Archaeological Science / editor in chief Sandra López-Varela
ISBN 9780470674611
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Malden, MA
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Department of Conservation
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1002/97811191882...
Keywords Heritage, Co-Creating, Representation, Visualization, Reconstruction
Subject categories History and Archaeology

Abstract

While often viewed as a tradition, a materiality or a way of life, heritage is also a product of narration and communication where artefacts, places and values are given context and meaning through various representations. These representations of heritage that we meet not only in museums or scientific works, but also in popular culture and as active identities, are the result of an ongoing negotiation with the past that includes a large number of co-creators. The communicative conventions these representations make use of make up a large part of the public’s apprehension of what cultural heritage is.

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