Heritage through collage: A participatory and creative approach to heritage making

Abranches, Maria and Horton, Elena (2024) Heritage through collage: A participatory and creative approach to heritage making. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 30 (1). pp. 81-102. ISSN 1352-7258

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Drawing on collages created by residents in Great Yarmouth – a coastal location in the East of England characterised by a prominent history of fishing and current high levels of socioeconomic deprivation – we use a participatory arts-based approach to explore how individuals and communities participate in the making of heritage. Through the process of creating collages that represent the history of the town, and their own history within it, participants choose how to materialise and communicate what we understand as intangible (the stories) and tangible (the collages) heritage, where a sense of place and belonging is preserved or restored. We found that, first, the non-linear nature of collaging, which we see as cultural practice, allowed participants to reconnect with the history of which they are proud to be a part yet felt was ‘lost’ in the transformations that have occurred in the town. Through collage, they were able to layer and juxtapose the different elements of the story in unique ways, with a focus on time, politics and affects. Second, the collages themselves – and their dissemination in various exhibitions through the course of one year – contributed to validate their key role in the creation and communication of heritage.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This work was supported by the ESRC [Grant Number ES/R010404/1].
Uncontrolled Keywords: arts-based methods,coastal transformations,collage,fishing,participatory heritage
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Life Course, Migration and Wellbeing
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Migration Research Network
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2023 02:19
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 01:40
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/93470
DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2023.2277780


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