Representing women's history in historic environment conservation pratice: a case study of St. Marye's Convent, Portslade

Jordan, Kate (2009) Representing women's history in historic environment conservation pratice: a case study of St. Marye's Convent, Portslade. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Women’s history, according to English Heritage, has long been underrepresented in historic environment conservation. This dissertation aims to explore English Heritage’s claim through an analysis of the ongoing conservation of a former convent. The building was owned, designed and controlled by women, and hence offers an opportunity to explore the ways that women were able to shape space historically. The case study is presented in the context of current discussions onthe role of women, past and present, in place making, aiming to challenge the meta-narratives of architectural history that often inform conservation practice. It also provides the subject for an examination of methodological approaches in building conservation; whilst research in the field has often drawn on quantitative methods, this dissertation employs interpretative approaches, assembled under the rubric of a feminist methodology. In examining the conservation issues that affect this site, the study seeks to reveal ways in which co-ordinated conservation policies might be developed at a macro-level to raise the profile of women’s history across the historic landscape.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/865

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