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Heritage within lanscapes as a catalyst for socio-economic development: locating social impacts for rural communities outside of museum walls

Gallou, E; Fouseki, K; (2018) Heritage within lanscapes as a catalyst for socio-economic development: locating social impacts for rural communities outside of museum walls. In: Proceedings of Safeguarding the Values of European Cultural Heritage. (pp. pp. 107-125). ICOMOS: Athens, Greece. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper aims at disentangling the role of rural heritage and specifically rural landscapes and vernacular heritage assets for supporting social wellbeing in rural areas in Europe. In this sense, the paper presents findings on how heritage can assist communities respond to key challenges through engaging in processes of valorization and interpretation but also management of heritage assets not only of national but also of local significance. The paper bases its conclusions on a case study from Orkney islands, Scotland, UK-firstly the profile of few rural communities in Orkney is drawn and links between communities and different heritage assets in the projects studied are presented. Insights from participants’ perceptions around community needs and way of life allow for an understanding of aspects of rural community’s wellbeing. Following, the findings from the analysis of 42 interviews realized with heritage professionals and local people who took part in the completed Scapa Flow Landscape Scheme (2009-2012), are presented, aiming at understanding perceived social impacts, stemming from local community participation in tangible and intangible heritage related activities around Orkney’s rural landscape that extend “museum walls” to explore the meaning the participants attribute ad the difference that these experiences made for their lives. Finally conclusion are drawn around the new potential that landscape heritage presents for heritage management at European level in order to fully harness the social benefits for rural communities.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Heritage within lanscapes as a catalyst for socio-economic development: locating social impacts for rural communities outside of museum walls
Event: Safeguarding the Values of the European Cultural Heritage
Location: Athens
Dates: 14 September 2018 - 15 September 2018
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.cicop.it/wordpress/en/conference-safeg...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10087641
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