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Heritage conservation and the transformation of institutions of incarceration into community arts centers in postcolonial Australia

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Darian-Smith, K, Heritage conservation and the transformation of institutions of incarceration into community arts centers in postcolonial Australia, Global Perspectives in Heritage Conservation: Expansive Scopes, Plural Engagements, Empathetic Approaches, Routledge, V Bharne and T Sandmeier (ed), London ISBN 9781138962989 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2019 Vinayak Bharne and Trudi Sandmeier

DOI: doi:10.4324/9781315659060

Abstract

The connections between community and heritage may appear self-evident, and both concepts are often used vaguely and emotively when it comes to understanding identity and place (Crooke 2010). Yet public responses to the preservation and management of historic buildings and land­scapes are often complex and unsettled, and especially so when such sites have a contested his­tory that still exists within living memory. This chapter examines how community-led heritage initiatives and the adaptive re-use of historic sites for the purposes of arts and entertainment can foster community reconciliation with places long associated with 'difficult' histories, including colonial violence, imprisonment, the dispossession of Indigenous peoples and the mistreatment of women and children. Through its focus on Australian case studies of colonial sites, this chapter raises broader issues about the centrality of heritage conservation and interpretation to the re-purposing of once grim and foreboding historic buildings into places of community value and identity.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:heritage conservation, postcolonial Australia, violence, colonial sites, Australian history
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural Heritage and Conservation
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Heritage
Objective Field:Conserving the Historic Environment
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, K (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:125491
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-04-19
Last Modified:2020-01-29
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