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  • Contrived Dereliction: Employing an aesthetic of decay at mining heritage sites

Oakley, Peter, 2014, Book Section, Contrived Dereliction: Employing an aesthetic of decay at mining heritage sites In: Cultural Heritage and Tourism Vol.2: Engagement and Experience. Farterng Culture CO, Taipei. ISBN 0000-0000

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Conventional descriptions place conservation activities between the two poles of active restorative intervention and passive abandonment. This paper proposes that site stewards at mining heritage sites often follow presentation strategies that sit outside this neat dualism. Drawing on material presented in the form of three case studies, this paper identifies the actions these strategies entail and considers the results in terms of an aesthetic of decay. To consolidate the argument, a new overarching term is introduced to describe this strategy: contrived dereliction, in order to foreground its essential features. The paper then outlines the advantages, limitations and requirements of contrived dereliction as a heritage management and presentation practice.

Subjects: Other > RCA Additional Subjects > Curating
Other > Social studies > L600 Anthropology > L610 Social and Cultural Anthropology
School or Centre: School of Material
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2016 08:38
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2016 08:44
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1791

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