Visitor perception interpreted ruins: changing attitudes towards historical reconstruction in the UK

Hall, Heather (2010) Visitor perception interpreted ruins: changing attitudes towards historical reconstruction in the UK. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Ruins have permeated history, serving in turn as icons of romance, melancholy, nostalgia and admonition.

    The reconstruction of heritage sites is not a new phenomenon, coinciding, at least in imagination, with the emergence of ruins in the sixteenth century. Historically, the rejection of reconstruction as a conservation method reflected the utmost respect for a limited view of authenticity. However, contemporary expansions to the definition of authenticity has allowed for a revival of reconstruction activity. With the aim to assess the extent to which the current practice of reconstruction is consistently based on UK legislation and international charters, the paper presents a thorough reading of appropriate doctrines with regards to reconstruction. Results indicated that attitudes to the protection of ruined monuments have altered radically over the past century. In the wake of international conservation movement, international conservation charters, and statutory protection, there has been a marked shift towards a more liberal philosophy that takes into account significance and values and makes room for historical reconstruction within the boundaries of legislation.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2011 09:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:17
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/1097

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