Conserving and Managing Ancient Monuments

Conserving and Managing Ancient Monuments

Heritage, Democracy, and Inclusion

Keith Emerick

Personal eBook

Boydell Press



A survey of the theory and methods of conservation from the nineteenth century to the present day, highlighting future pathways.
The origins and use of conservation principles and practice from the nineteenth century to the present day are charted in this volume. Written from the perspective of a practitioner, it examines the manner in which a single, dominant mode of conservation, which held sway for many decades, is now coming under pressure from a different and more democratic heritage management practice, favouring diversity, inclusion and difference.The author blends case studies from Ireland, Cyprus and England with examples from current practice, community heritage initiatives and political policy, highlighting the development and use of international charters and conventions. Central to the main argument of the book is that the sacred cows of conservation - antiquity, fabric and authenticity - have outlived their usefulness and need to be rethought.

Dr Keith Emerick is an English Heritage Inspector of Ancient Monuments in York and North Yorkshire; he is also a Research Associate at the University of York.


16 black and white, 2 line illustrations
295 pages
24.4x17.2 cm
Heritage Matters
Hardback, 9781843839095, May 2014
Personal eBook, 9781782047162, May 2014
Library eBook
Boydell Press
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Table of Contents

The Restoration of Hellifield Peel and the Heritage Debate
The Origins of the Conservation of Ancient Monuments and the Beginnings of State Control in the United Kingdom
Practice Perfected: the Ancient Monuments Act of 1913 and the Consolidation of State Preservation Practice
British Conservation Practice in Cyprus, 1878 to 1939: a Case Study
Current Directions in England: the Emergence of Cultural Heritage Management and the Use of Conventions, Charters and Principles
Putting Theory into Practice
Conclusion: Ending the Tyranny of Ruskin and Morris?
Appendix 1: Full text of letter to The Times, December 16th, 1900
Appendix 2: SPAB document on Cyprus
Appendix 3: Scheduling description for Coulton, North Yorkshire
Appendix 4: Scheduling description for Steeton Hall, North Yorkshire
Appendix 5: Full text of speech by Rt Hon Chris Smith, Secretary of State, DCMS
Appendix 6: Full text of speech by Rt Hon Alan Howarth
Bibliography and References


A very readable, engaging and grounded exploration of issues that are important in critical heritage studies. ANTIQUARIES JOURNAL

An accessible book stuffed full of good ideas. BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY

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