A heritage in words

The shared community of fanship has increased exponentially as the internet permits the creation of communities of interest regardless of geographical distance. For these communities, shared works of fiction function as the intangible heritage which created and connected the members. They share an emotional link to characters, places or events which they have simultaneously all experienced, yet have never physically visited. … More A heritage in words

An invisible heritage

It is Halloween. The veils between our world and the world of the supernatural are thin. Our streets will be filled with strange, other-worldly apparitions demanding bribes to leave nearby humans in peace for another year. Normal religious belief systems are overtaken by anti-religion, the otherworldly forces devoted to disruption, ahierarchy, and the subversion of Christian morality. … More An invisible heritage

Authenticity III: The replicant question

I’ve already discussed in this mini-series how authenticity can be used to describe the original, unaltered material of a heritage asset, an accurate representation of a past time, or the experience of an encounter with an apparently genuine or meaningful form of heritage. In the case of 3D printing, a heritage asset can be so perfectly reproduced that the copy has the same form as the individual – visually and even, in some cases, with the material from which it is constructed replicated exactly, down to details not visible to the naked eye. How authentic, then, are these copies? … More Authenticity III: The replicant question

II: Authenticity and glory

The thing about historic houses – the fascinating thing – is that they are material records of lives lived. They are not snapshots in time, but palimpsests of the choices, tastes and experiences of many years, sometimes even of many generations. The decorations, furniture, artworks and even the material of the building itself are not therefore necessarily ‘authentic’ from a conservation point of view, in the sense that they are not original or even accurate re-creations of the original, but instead they tell the honest story of house’s history as it developed over time. … More II: Authenticity and glory

Exclusivity, hipsters, and heritage

Heritage scholarship teaches that symbols of a shared history function as a way to express belonging, to achieve a sense of inclusion within a community. This sense of social security is something to which humans naturally cling. It offers both a safe ontological position, knowing who we are and where we come from, and a group identity, whether that be based on nation, town, football club, a particular hobby, or appearance.

So how can we reconcile this with the hipster dilemma; the need to be apart from others, separate from the mainstream? … More Exclusivity, hipsters, and heritage