Contested identities: the dissonant heritage of European town walls and walled towns

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Contested identities: the dissonant heritage of European town walls and walled towns

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dc.contributor.author Bruce, D.M en_GB
dc.contributor.author Creighton, O.H en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter (Creighton) en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-05-27T15:43:42Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T10:35:48Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T14:03:32Z
dc.date.issued 2006-05 en_GB
dc.description.abstract Town walls have always played a critical role in shaping the identities and images of the communities they embrace. Today, the surviving fabric of urban defences is a feature of heritage holding great potential as a cultural resource but in management terms one that poses substantial challenges, both practical and philosophical. Town walls can be conceptualised as a 'dissonant' form of heritage whose value is contested between different interest groups and whose meanings are not static but can be rewritten. Evidence is gathered from walled towns across Europe, including member towns of the WTFC (Walled Towns Friendship Circle) and inscribed UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to explore the cyclical biographies of town walls in their transformation from civic monuments, through phases of neglect, decay and destruction to their current status as cherished cultural resources. To explore this area of interface between archaeology and tourism studies, the varying attitudes of populations and heritage agencies to walled heritage are reviewed through examination of policies of conservation, preservation, presentation and restoration. Areas of commonality and contrast are thus identified. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation International Journal of Heritage Studies, 12 (3), May 2006 , pp. 234 - 254 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/13527250600604498 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/28473 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/routledge/13527258.html en_GB
dc.subject Town Walls en_GB
dc.subject City Walls en_GB
dc.subject walled towns en_GB
dc.subject Dissonance en_GB
dc.subject Archaeology en_GB
dc.subject Heritage Tourism en_GB
dc.title Contested identities: the dissonant heritage of European town walls and walled towns en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-05-27T15:43:42Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T10:35:48Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T14:03:32Z
dc.identifier.issn 1352-7258 en_GB
dc.description This is the author's post-print version of an article accepted for publication in International Journal of Heritage Studies. © 2008 Informa plc. The definitive publisher-authenticated version (Vol.12 (3), May 2006, pp.234-254) is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13527250600604498 en_GB
dc.identifier.eissn 1470-3610 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal International Journal of Heritage Studies en_GB


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