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UK: National Waterways Museum (Ellesmere Port)

UK: National Waterways Museum (Ellesmere Port) | Interpretation | Scoop.it

“Having a long-term interest in canals I decided that I would visit the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port on a glorious sunny day. Upon arrival I went for a cappuccino to find the café ove...”


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UK: Restoration begins on historic Severn Princess car ferry

UK: Restoration begins on historic Severn Princess car ferry | Interpretation | Scoop.it

HeritageDaily “Mabey Bridge has a long history of supporting industrial heritage and community projects,” said Chris Droogan, CEO of Mabey Bridge.”


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Mentioned in Walker's (fictional) notebook that we created for Upton House interpretation.

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Musematic

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Rants and raves on the latest trends in the world of museum informatics and technology.
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Cleveland museum exhibit explores subject of death - Akron Beacon Journal

Cleveland museum exhibit explores subject of death - Akron Beacon Journal | Interpretation | Scoop.it

Cleveland museum exhibit explores subject of death Akron Beacon Journal The Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, tasked with challenging our assumptions and habits through art, has stepped up to the challenge with its current exhibit: Dirge:...

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UK: 'garden shed' associated with hatting industry listed by English Heritage

UK: 'garden shed' associated with hatting industry listed by English Heritage | Interpretation | Scoop.it

“Telegraph.co.uk Lollipop lady's garden shed gets national treasure status Telegraph.co.uk A great-grandmother was astonished to learn that the dilapidated brick shed where she stored her lawnmower has been ordered to be preserved as one of the...”


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Foxton Locks and Charnwood Museum to get share of £1m investment - Leicester Mercury

Foxton Locks and Charnwood Museum to get share of £1m investment - Leicester Mercury | Interpretation | Scoop.it
Leicester Mercury Foxton Locks and Charnwood Museum to get share of £1m investment Leicester Mercury The Foxton Locks project will include a new interpretation of the attraction which will feature trails, guides and audio and digital enhancements...
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Foxton Locks constitute the largest 'staircase' of locks on the English canal system.

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UK: North Staffordshire's Industrial Landscape

UK: North Staffordshire's Industrial Landscape | Interpretation | Scoop.it

“Historically, there is nothing to prevent the North Staffordshire Coalfield's Industrial Landscape and the Churnet Valley becoming a World Heritage Site. The Industrial Revolution, which made Brita...”


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The Fauxtopias of Detroit’s Suburbs | Dispatches From The Rust Belt

The Fauxtopias of Detroit’s Suburbs | Dispatches From The Rust Belt | Interpretation | Scoop.it
How Detroit's suburban preservation parks abandon buildings by saving them, and create history without history.

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Issues of what it means to preserve objects, what's the point, how to do it, is the context a necessary part of the process etc.

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Kaeleigh Herstad's curator insight, May 13, 2014 8:54 PM

A thought-provoking essay on historic preservation in Detroit and its suburbs.

 

Henry Ford attempted to preserve late 19th- and early 20th-century buildings (from Detroit and elsewhere in the US) by moving them to or reconstructing them in his utopian "Greenfield Village." Many of the city's suburbs later created similar faux-historical villages. The author questions this practice of disarticulating structures in order to "save" them and use them to create a fictional, static representation of preindustrial Detroit.

 

I especially like the section about the Michigan Theater. Henry Ford built his first automobile at a workshop on the site...those buildings were torn down or relocated and the opulent Michigan Theater built in their place in the mid-1920s, during a period of intense growth for the city. After it closed in the 1970s, the theater was gutted and converted into a parking garage. Griffioen argues that this transformation of the property better represents the complexity of Detroit's past:

 

"What’s more interesting, I think, is how this building represents a sort of unintentional preservation. At least this is not just another surface lot. And with so much of the rest of the historical city lost to development, demolition, and abandonment, there is the deeper irony that fifteen miles away Henry Ford moved so many historical buildings brick-by-brick from elsewhere around the country and 'preserved' them as decontextualized structures in a counterfeit community."

 

The final paragraphs of the essay discuss tangible vs. intangible heritage and how they (can/should) converge to create a more holistic understanding of the past:

 

"What story does a building tell when it has been removed 

from its original context: the mill from its stream, the general store from the community it served, the log cabin from the path of civilization in which it stood? What does Robert Frost’s home in Greenfield Village mean if we can’t walk down the same sidewalks he did when we leave it, or past the same hills where he gazed while dreaming up verse? And what about historical buildings rebuilt entirely after they were razed in war or some other disaster? Or historic buildings gutted to shells and filled with Chinese drywall and modern ornament? In the end, is any building really anything more than just mud and carbon? [...]

 

"While Detroit rots, the nostalgic, fauxtopian villages that surround that city are a vision of history some would rather embrace. This is what happens when we try too hard to preserve the past. We create towns without memories. We abandon buildings by saving them. We create history without any history. A history of nowhere. A history that is, I suppose, easier to contend with."

 

What  are the implications of this critique for historic preservation, both in Detroit and in other postindustrial cities with similar trajectories, facing similar challenges? Should preservation efforts reflect or work in conjunction with an accurate accounting of a place's history (warts and all)?

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UK: Hydropower meets history

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“Low-carbon refurbishment on period buildings is often seen as a difficult task – but one of the oldest surviving working watermills in the UK is showing the rest how it’s done. Heron Corn Mil...”


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Kaeleigh Herstad's curator insight, May 2, 2014 5:00 PM

"Heron Corn Mill in Cumbria, which in its current form dates back to 1740, is set to reopen to the public in April following a refurbishment which has seen a 100kW hydropower turbine installed, working in sync with an original sluice gate. This enables the building to be self-sufficient in its electricity use, with some to spare, which is sold to local businesses."

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What is Cultural Heritage?

What is Cultural Heritage? | Interpretation | Scoop.it

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Could reflect on the kind of elements that could be used in interpretation.

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Blucher sculpture coming back home as part of 200th anniversary celebrations - The Journal

Blucher sculpture coming back home as part of 200th anniversary celebrations - The Journal | Interpretation | Scoop.it
The Journal Blucher sculpture coming back home as part of 200th anniversary celebrations The Journal The installation of a new heritage trail interpretation board telling the story of the Stephenson's time in Killingworth and the history of the...
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Almost a victim of the British tendency to let industrial heritage slip away.

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