Inheriting slavery: making sense of a difficult heritage

Catalani, Anna and Ackroyd, Tobias (2013) Inheriting slavery: making sense of a difficult heritage. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 8 (4). p. 337. ISSN 1743-873X

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In 1807, the British parliament decreed the abolition of the slave trade; since then, the places connected with the slave trade have physically ‘inherited’ its material traces and have become emotionally charged with historical memory. This article looks at the material inheritance of slavery and the challenges of its interpretation in historical sites, through the use of sound. Specifically, the article focuses on the Clifton National Heritage Park, an old slave plantation in Nassau (New Providence Island, Bahamas), and its interpretation via soundscapes. We will argue that the inheritance
of slavery, as cultural trauma and collective memory, is ‘a form of remembrance’ that impact on identity formation: this can be interpreted, re-appropriated and attributed new meanings, for the benefits of both local and non-local communities.

Additional Information:Published online 14th February 2013
Keywords:Heritage, Interpretation, Slavery, Soundscapes, Diaspora
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D445 Heritage Management
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:9280
Deposited On:01 May 2013 14:01

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