Managing Historic Sites and Buildings: Reconciling Presentation and Preservation by David BakerManaging Historic Sites and Buildings: Reconciling Presentation and Preservation by David Baker

Managing Historic Sites and Buildings: Reconciling Presentation and Preservation

EditorDavid Baker, Gill Chitty

Paperback | October 5, 1999

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Managing Historic Sites and Buildingslooks at the choices and the tensions that exist in conservation and interpretation of the heritage. Preservation and presentation are central activities, arguably means and ends in the conservation of the historic environment. But are they self-reinforcing or do they work against each other? In a series of essays which span form prehistoric sacred site to Second World war military remains, from medieval monastery to 1970s housing estate, we look at contemporary concerns and debates about the way the past is shaped, physically and metaphorically , by these two aspects of heritage management.
Starting from the position that the fundamental purpose of the whole process is to communicate understanding about the human past, these essays examine how far the ideologies, strategies, tactics and techniques of preservation and presentation are mutually supportive. the success of integrated approaches that are inclusive of social, economic and green environmental concerns is understood, but the value of developing truly sustainable management for individual historic places is only just becoming evident. At the heart of such an approach lies a crucial relationship between the activity of preserving historic places and of promoting understanding of their significance.
Title:Managing Historic Sites and Buildings: Reconciling Presentation and PreservationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.7 inPublished:October 5, 1999Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415208157

ISBN - 13:9780415208154

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From a medieval monastery to the Second World War, the contributors of this book examine contemporary debates about the way the past undergoes transformation both physically and metaphorically by conservation and interpretation. The essays in Managing Historic Sites and Buildings discuss the advantages of understanding the human past and the relationship between preserving historic sites and promoting awareness about their importance.