Beyond "Preserving the Past for the Future": Contemporary Relevance and Historic Preservation

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Abstract

The heritage management literature of the past decade abounds with statements that expound the aim of historic preservation is to 'preserve the past for the future.' That phraseology has been taken up by many professionals and commercial entities. Recently, it has become entwined with the concept cultural heritage stewardship. This paper examines the nature and theoretical underpinning of these assumptions. It demonstrates that the notion of stewardship for the benefit of future generations is fallible and in fact hinders us in the management of heritage for benefit the present generation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-22
Number of pages16
JournalCRM: The Journal of Heritage Stewardship
Volume8
Issue number1/2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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