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The conservation of English cultural built heritage: a force for social inclusion? (2004)

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

    Abstract: 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.

      • Date: March 2004
      • Journal: International Journal of Heritage Studies
      • Volume: 10
      • Issue: 1
      • Pages: 11-31
      • Publisher: Taylor and Francis
      • Publication type: Article
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Keywords: Leisure Studies; Museum, Heritage Studies & Visual Arts;


      Professor Rose Gilroy
      Professor of Ageing, Policy & Planning and Director of Engagement

      Professor John Pendlebury
      Head of School

      Dr Tim Townshend
      Deputy Head of School and Director of Planning and Urban Design