Engaging Heritage, Engaging Communities

Engaging Heritage, Engaging Communities

Edited by Bryony Onciul, Michelle L. Stefano, Stephanie Hawke

Personal eBook

Boydell Press



International, multi-disciplinary perspectives on the key question of community engagement in theory and practice in a diverse range of heritage settings.
Across the global networks of heritage sites, museums, and galleries, the importance of communities to the interpretation and conservation of heritage is increasingly being recognised. Yet the very term "meaningful community engagement" betrays a myriad of contrary approaches and understandings. Who is a community? How can they engage with heritage and why would they want to? How do communities and heritage professionals perceive one another? What does it mean to "engage"? These questions unsettle the very foundations of community engagement and indicate a need to unpick this important but complex trend.
Engaging Heritage, Engaging Communities critically explores the latest debates and practices surrounding community collaboration. By examining the different ways in which communities participate in heritage projects, the book questions the benefits, costs and limitations of community engagement. Whether communities are engaging through innovative initiatives or in response to economic, political or social factors, there is a need to understand how such engagements are conceptualised, facilitated and experienced by both the organisations and the communities involved.

Bryony Onciul is Lecturer in History at the University of Exeter; Michelle Stefano is the Co-Director of Maryland Traditions, the folklife program for the state of Maryland and Visiting Assistant Professor in American Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Stephanie Hawke is a project manager and fundraiser, working on a range of projects aiming to engage communities with cultural heritage.

Contributors: Gregory Ashworth, Evita Busa, Helen Graham, Julian Hartley, Stephanie Hawke, Carl Hogsden, Shatha Abu Khafajah, Nicole King, Bernadette Lynch, Billie Lythberg, Conal McCarthy, Ashley Minner, Wayne Ngata, Bryony Onciul, Elizabeth Pishief, Gregory Ramshaw, Philipp Schorch, Justin Sikora, Michelle Stefano, Helen Tully, John Tunbridge.


10 colour, 4 line illustrations
256 pages
24x17 cm
Heritage Matters
Personal eBook, 9781782049678, January 2017
Hardback, 9781783271658, January 2017
Library eBook
Boydell Press
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Bryony Onciul
The Gate in the Wall: Beyond Happiness-making in Museums - Bernadette Lynch
Assembling Communities: Curatorial Practices, Material Culture and Meanings - Philipp Schorch
Interview: John Tunbridge - John Everard Tunbridge
Interview: Gregory Ashworth - Gregory Ashworth
Engaging with Maori and Archaeologists: Heritage Theory and Practice in Aotearoa New Zealand - Elizabeth Dale Pishief
Horizontality: Tactical Politics for Participation and Museums - Helen Graham
Re-imagining Egypt: Artefacts, Contemporary Art and Community Engagement in the Museum - Helen Tully
Interview: Evita Busa - Evita Busa
Interview: Shatha Abu Khafajah - Shatha Abu-Khafajah
Engaging Communities of De-industrialisation: the Mapping Baybrook and Mill Stories Projects of Baltimore, USA - Michelle L. Stefano and Nicole King
Interview: Ashley Minner - Ashley Colleen Minner
Embattled Legacies: Challenges in Community Engagement at Historic Battlefields in the UK - Justin Sikora
At the Community Level: Intangible Cultural Heritage as Naturally-occurring Ecomuseums - Michelle L. Stefano
Subaltern Sports Heritage - Gregory Ramshaw
Museums and the Symbolic Capital of Social Media Space - Julian Hartley
Relational Systems and Ancient Futures: Co-creating a Digital Contact Network in Theory and Practice - Billie Lythberg and Carl Hogsden and Wayne Ngata
Interview: Conal McCarthy - Conal McCarthy

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