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Integrating Presentation Into Holistic Site Management: A Case Study of the Vesuvian Region

Wallace, AR; (2015) Integrating Presentation Into Holistic Site Management: A Case Study of the Vesuvian Region. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Often the presentation and interpretation of archaeological sites is overlooked as an important element of site management planning, despite their potential to aid in site preservation. Site management planning often incorporates these aspects, at varying levels, but usually as secondary to ‘more important’ problems, such as conservation or research. This separation leads to minimal collaboration and results in a fragmented, and often unsustainable, management process. Presentation and interpretation are normally linked to tourism and the visitor experience; while there is an awareness of their other benefits, these are poorly understood. Employing a qualitative research methodology, this research used Pompeii and the Vesuvian sites as case studies to investigate the extent to which presentation and interpretation can be effective tools for site preservation, while still fulfilling the objectives of visitor management, communication, and engagement. Data was collected through interviews, visitor observations, and analysis of text and documents, to understand the visitor experience, the values and interests of stakeholders, and the complex socio-economic and political frameworks in which the sites must function. The results show that the current presentation and interpretation at the Vesuvian sites is inadequate; neither using the sites to their potential or sufficiently engaging visitors. This is due in part to a lack of understanding of what visitors want from their visit, but it is also the direct result of poor collaboration amongst stakeholders and fragmentation within the management process. This study proposes the integration of presentation and interpretation alongside the other elements of site management—conservation, research, and maintenance for example. Integration, early on in management process, creates the potential to overcome the fragmentation between management planning elements, and for presentation and interpretation to be a sustainable tool for preservation.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Integrating Presentation Into Holistic Site Management: A Case Study of the Vesuvian Region
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472029
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