Roses and Castles: Competing visions of canal heritage and the making of place

Wincott, Abigail ORCID:, Ravenscroft, Neil ORCID: and Gilchrist, Paul (2020) Roses and Castles: Competing visions of canal heritage and the making of place. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 26 (8). pp. 737-752. ISSN 1352-7258 (online 1470-3610)

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Abstract / Summary

This article evaluates the cultural politics of waterfront heritage in regenerating Manchester, UK, in order to understand why the benefits envisaged for local communities have not been fully realised. Analysing a database of texts produced for an EU cultural heritage project (2015-2017) we find there is no lack of rich and diverse cultural heritage in Manchester, produced by a broad range of people. Using Lefebvre’s (1991) ideas about the social production of space we explore how, nonetheless, waterfronts as heritage spaces are produced in ways that exclude that variety, and thus place and displace people, socially as well as bodily. We propose a role for geolocated mobile apps for spatialised heritage storytelling to enable communities to make their mark on official, imposed representations of space. Our analysis has relevance for cities across the globe, as governments, investors, redevelopment quangos and others seek to use urban waterways as heritage assets to reinvigorate former industrial areas, without adequate appreciation of their full range of cultural meanings.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: placemaking, industrial heritage, canals, multimedia, locative media, community media
ISSN: 1352-7258 (online 1470-3610)
Subjects: Communication > Media > Digital Media
Geography & Environment
Communication > Media
Depositing User: Abigail Wincott
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2019 13:32
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2020 14:37


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