The Challenge of Community in Heritage

David Austin (GB)

This presentation will briefly explore the history of community engagement in heritage within the British topographic tradition and within the context of professionalisation and the changing patterns of legislation and social issues in Europe. This historical perspective will permit the exploration of some core definitions, especially in relation to the meaning of community and to the nature and the authority of historical knowledge. The key issues are those of integrating bottom-up individual and community aspirations related to identity and social and economic survival with top-down policies such as regeneration and sustainability. The adaptation towards an ethical practice which delivers results in this context of occasionally conflicting demands will be explored through an applied case study in West Wales.

Centrum pro studium kulturně historického dědictví při Katedře dějin
a didaktiky dějepisu PedF UK

M. D. Rettigové 4
Praha 1, 116 39