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Villages that never were : the museum village as a heritage genre

Young, Linda 2006, Villages that never were : the museum village as a heritage genre, International journal of heritage studies, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 321-338, doi: 10.1080/13527250600727059.

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Title Villages that never were : the museum village as a heritage genre
Author(s) Young, Linda
Journal name International journal of heritage studies
Volume number 12
Issue number 4
Start page 321
End page 338
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2006-07
ISSN 1352-7258
1470-3610
Keyword(s) ecomuseum
museum village
heritage village
living history museum
folk museum
open air museum
Australia
Summary Villages of relocated buildings now constitute a phenomenon of the world's repertoire of heritage. They go by a multitude of names depending on particular inflection: open air museum, folk museum, living history museum, heritage village, museum village and so forth. 1 This paper reviews the context of the form of the genre's manifestation in Australia, where it is often known as the `pioneer village'. They are the fruit of a populist vision of national history which celebrates white rural settlement as its central theme. In practice, the villages manifest a deep commitment to collecting and saving old buildings as the meaningful construction of a favourite historical identity. But the generation that established Australia's villages has been overtaken. Today, the intersection of museum villages with the managerialist pressures of local economy enhancement and modern professional standards of heritage management challenge most villages' survival.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13527250600727059
Field of Research 210204 Museum Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003709

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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