Towards a beneficial World Heritage: community involvement in the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape

Walker, Dominic (2011) Towards a beneficial World Heritage: community involvement in the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape. Museum International, 63 (1-2). pp. 25-33. ISSN 1350-0775

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Abstract

Community involvement has become a ubiquitous element of heritage management in recent years. However, in practice, involving local communities may more resemble superficial forms of inclusion like 'consultation' rather than true 'collaboration'. This means that the benefits that heritage professionals envisage when initiating projects with various communities may not be forthcoming. The article discusses the ways in which the local community has been involved in the management of the Blaenavon Industrial World Heritage Site in Wales. Through this case study, it is asserted that heritage professionals should more critically engage with the concerns, needs and values of local communities in order to more effectively realize economic and social aims like 'community empowerment' and 'social wellbeing'.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © UNESCO 2011. Published by UNESCO Publishing and Blackwell Publishing Ltd. This is the accepted version of the following article: Walker, D. (2011), Towards a Beneficial World Heritage: Community Involvement in the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape. Museum International, 63: 25–33, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0033.2012.01760.x. French version available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1755-5825.2012.01134.x.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heritage Studies, Public Archaeology, World Heritage, Expertise, Community, Collaboration, Blaenavon, Wales
Subjects: Arts > Gallery and museum
Hospitality and tourism > Tourism > Tourism management
Social sciences > Communication and culture
Depositing User: Dominic Walker
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2017 09:43
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2017 15:40
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3047

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