Tales from the Riverbank: place-marketing and maritime heritages

Atkinson, David, Cooke, Steven and Spooner, Derek 2002, Tales from the Riverbank: place-marketing and maritime heritages, International journal of heritage studies, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 25-40.

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Title Tales from the Riverbank: place-marketing and maritime heritages
Author(s) Atkinson, David
Cooke, Steven
Spooner, Derek
Journal name International journal of heritage studies
Volume number 8
Issue number 1
Start page 25
End page 40
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2002-03
ISSN 1352-7258
1470-3610
Keyword(s) heritage
place-marketing
fishing
Hull
place-memory
city-image
Summary Although place-marketing and image-enhancement are increasingly common elements of Western urban policy, when applied to specific locales, these abstract theories have to negotiate local conditions and contexts. This paper discusses the ways attempts to place-market the city of Hull, England, prompted debates surrounding questions of place, memory and heritage. Despite being Britain's leading fishing port in the 20th century, Hull's place-marketing strategy elided this past in favour of a sanitised vision of a modern, post-industrial city. These debates crystallised around a 1999 planning inquiry over the proposed redevelopment of the erstwhile fishing dock. While the proposals contained some reference to the dock's role as a site of place-memory, this was deemed insufficient by local protest groups and politicians who argued for a more appropriate memorial to Hull's fishing community. Eventually, the redevelopment proposals were accepted, but not before attendant debates exposed both the depth of local sentiments over place-memories and fishing heritage, and also the difficulties of negotiating inclusive and plural heritage landscapes.
Language eng
Field of Research 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032820

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