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Tales from the Riverbank: place-marketing and maritime heritages

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posted on 01.03.2002, 00:00 authored by D Atkinson, Steven CookeSteven Cooke, D Spooner
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.

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Journal

International journal of heritage studies

Volume

8

Issue

1

Pagination

25 - 40

Publisher

Routledge

Location

London, England

ISSN

1352-7258

eISSN

1470-3610

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2002, Taylor & Francis

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