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The conservation of English cultural built heritage: a force for social inclusion?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tim Townshend, Professor Rose Gilroy, Professor John Pendlebury



Debates about the socially inclusionary potential of heritage have to date focused principally on heritage sites and museums. Relatively little attention has been paid to the wider Cultural Built Heritage (CBH) that surrounds us in our everyday lives. This paper starts with a brief theoretical exploration of the social role of heritage and the key policy background. Then, based on an understanding of policy and action in England, this paper sets out a framework for considering how this wider CBH might contribute to social inclusion. A fundamental binary divide is made between the role of CBH as historic places and opportunity spaces in which regeneration may occur. However, in neither case is action necessarily socially inclusive. The paper concludes that a greater clarity of objectives and definitions is necessary if CBH is to meet its potential to be socially inclusionary.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Townshend T, Gilroy RC, Pendlebury JR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Heritage Studies

Year: 2004

Volume: 10

Issue: 1

Pages: 11-31

Print publication date: 01/03/2004

Date deposited: 03/04/2008

ISSN (print): 1352-7258

ISSN (electronic): 1470-3610

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


DOI: 10.1080/1352725032000194222


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