Introduction to Part I

Barnes, Amy Jane (2018). Introduction to Part I. In: Watson, Sheila; Barnes, Amy Jane and Bunning, Katy eds. A Museum Studies Approach to Heritage. Leicester Readers in Museum Studies. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 9–13.



How have understandings of what constitutes heritage and who controls it, shifted over time? In this opening section, we consider contexts of heritage, both past and present. The first half considers conceptions of heritage during a period when Euro-American perspectives came to dominate global discourse on the subject, particularly through the implementation of international conventions in the mid- to late-twentieth century. It explores the conception of heritage, emerging largely from European contexts, and its codification via various national legislation and international conventions.

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