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Heritage, Landscape, Palimpsests and Movement: Hidden Stories and Alternative Narratives

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David Charles Harvey - Lecturer

Concepts of heritage and landscape often go together in a mutually supporting manner. Particularly when associated with narratives of the nation, therefore, heritage-landscapes seem to answer questions. Moving beyond perceiving them as mere products or physical artefacts to be ‘preserved’, this paper considers the consequences of thinking processually about both landscapes and heritage. Focussing on the ancient bridge of Tarr Steps in Exmoor National Park, this paper examines how taken-for-granted ideas of landscape palimpsests, monumental heritage and nationhood can be disrupted. Furthermore, through reflecting in particular on the experience of walking across a bridge that keeps being washed away, the paper opens up a creative space of heritage landscaping, in which haptic experience, ephemerality and movement provide a productive possibility of a more radical heritage tradition. The paper, therefore, raises questions about the work that heritage and landscape does – and can do – specifically in terms of the conceptualisation of temporality, issues of authenticity and activist politics
21 Sep 2022

External organisation (Academic)

NameUniversity of Stirling
LocationUniversity of Stirling,
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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