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From Global to Local Heritage

Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Role of the Museum

Janet Blake

Heritage has a dual character whereby it can, at the same time, be celebrated for its outstanding universal value while having a special meaning and value for local and, in particular, bearer communities. Basing protection on the former notion of heritage as a universal, global value has been the dominant approach in international law-making since the second half of the twentieth century. More recently, the significance of heritage to local actors has become much better understood and recognised. The tensions associated with this duality have in recent times become evident with the adoption by UNESCO in 2003 of the International Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. In this treaty, international cultural heritage law-making has shifted from a paradigm that gives value predominantly to the material heritage – monuments, sites, artefacts and other objects – to one that celebrates a living heritage that is primarily located in the skills, knowledge and know-how of contemporary human beings. This article examines the aforementioned shift from an emphasis on global to local heritage and the role museums can play in this with regard to safeguarding intangible aspects of heritage.

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Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

livelihoods can arise for many people living in smaller cities. This may create opportunities for actors, be they states, companies, or nonprofits, to address the immaterial values of past local heritage, specific peculiarities of place, tangible and

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The Gurdwara in Britain

Narratives of Meaning, Use and Development

Clare Canning

. Townend , S. and K. Whittaker ( 2011 ), ‘ Being Accounted For: Qualitative Data Analysis in Assessing “Place” and “Value” ’, in J. Schofield and R. Szymanski (eds), Local Heritage, Global Context: Cultural Perspectives on Sense of Place

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Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus, and Katja Mäkinen

cohesion on a wide spatial scale. 52 The clearest examples of specific, micro-local heritage are instead from the thematic area of agricultural products and foodstuffs that strictly identifies the origin of products in space. Consequently, this exclusive

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Interruptions: Challenges and Innovations in Exhibition-Making

The Second World Museologies Workshop, National Museum of Ethnology (MINPAKU), Osaka, December 2019

Laura Osorio Sunnucks, Nicola Levell, Anthony Shelton, Motoi Suzuki, Gwyneira Isaac, and Diana E. Marsh

as local heritage is associated with a sociopolitical and human rights agenda that museums could embrace more widely. Gonseth's and Yamanka's presentations exemplify later readings of Foucault's concept of heterotopia, inasmuch as they expose and

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Paolo Motta

rebalance the unequal rural–urban equation in any way and wherever possible. We must do this in order to save local heritage, specific peculiarities of place, tangible and intangible patrimony, and other necessary elements to assure smaller cities and towns