The Shifting Baseline Syndrome and Generational Amnesia in Heritage Studies

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Abstract

It is widely understood that the preservation of cultural heritage sites and objects is underpinned by values projected by the public onto essentially inanimate objects, that these values vary in strength, and that they are mutable qualities. Using hindsight, the contemporary values are projected on past creations that persist into the present. If deemed significant, these past creations will be listed on heritage lists and afforded various levels of protection. As time moves on, new places or objects will be deemed significant and added to the lists. Using a case study, this paper examines the concept of shifting baselines and how they impact on the identification and listing/protection of heritage places. It will demonstrate that generational biases play a significant role in the initial listing and exert a lasting legacy through the static nature of heritage listings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2007-2027
Number of pages21
JournalHeritage
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2022

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