'Anything You Want It to Mean'? Scotland's Changing Heritage Landscape

Donnachie, Ian (2016). 'Anything You Want It to Mean'? Scotland's Changing Heritage Landscape. In: Hooper, Glenn ed. Heritage and Tourism in Britain and Ireland. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 145–160.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-52083-8_10


One of 17 chapters in an edited collection examining the natural if sometimes troubled relationship between heritage and tourism. The chapter heading quotation is drawn from the seminal work of Robert Hewison on the heritage industry and the discussion here is also in part a critique of elite heritage and those who run it. While there has been a shift towards more 'everyday' heritage and increasing diversity, how much has really changed in the past few decades? Inter alia this chapter looks at heritage agencies, natural heritage, industrial heritage, World Heritage and its implications, funding and collaboration, and strategies for the future. Heritage plays an enormous role in the Scottish economy, but what ethos and ideology does it present to the world at large and are these appropriate to the country's past? What does the future hold for the heritage industry?

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