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If you could save one thing for posterity, what would it be? Your answer is likely to depend on the things you value. But the things that society values are changing all the time. The tracks on this album explore four different heritage stories. In the feature on the Lake District, we hear how the values of Wordsworth sometimes have to give way to the values of farmers. In two features on archaeology, we shine the spotlight on a discipline where there is increasing emphasis on the ordinary over the historic or spectacular. And in our feature on the memorial to the London July bombings, we hear from ordinary people in control of the design. The album also contains academic perspectives from Rodney Harrison, Lecturer in Heritage Studies at The Open University. This material forms part of The Open University Course AD281 Understanding global heritage. You can discover something of what it's like to study the course by using the downloadable 'activities' files to explore the concept of ‘World Heritage’, how it is defined, and conflicting interests in its management. You can also learn more about changing approaches to archaeology and heritage management, and the relationship between heritage and public memory.

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Track 1: Changing approaches to heritage

An introduction to this album.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Changing approaches to heritage    An introduction to this album. Play now Changing approaches to heritage
2 What is world heritage?    Dr Rodney Harrison of The Open University explores what is meant by world heritage and introduces the Lake District case study. Play now What is world heritage?
3 Lake District: conflicting values    Illustrates some of the conflicting sets of heritage values competing for prominence in the Lake District. Play now Lake District: conflicting values
4 Lake District: world heritage bid    Explores the Lake District’s bid for World Heritage Site status. Play now Lake District: world heritage bid
5 Lake District: telling the world    Examines the decisions that go into interpreting the Lake District for the public with signposts, public sculptures and information boards. Play now Lake District: telling the world
6 Archaeology: parallels with heritage    Explores some parallels in the development of these two separate disciplines. Play now Archaeology: parallels with heritage
7 Archaeology: Ford transit van    Describes a contemporary archaeology project where archaeologists “excavated” a Ford Transit van. Play now Archaeology: Ford transit van
8 7th July bombings memorial    Follows the process of designing a memorial to mark the 7th July bombings in London. Play now 7th July bombings memorial
9 Studying global heritage    Dr Rodney Harrison talks about studying The Open University's Course AD281 Understanding global heritage. Play now Studying global heritage
10 Global heritage: case studies    Dr Rodney Harrison talks about the audio and video case studies that are integral to the course AD281 Understanding global heritage. Play now Global heritage: case studies
11 Critical heritage studies    Dr Rodney Harrison, course chair of the course AD281 Understanding global heritage, explains the concept of critical heritage studies. Play now Critical heritage studies
12 Global heritage: course taster    A sample of some of the ideas and case studies covered in the course AD281 Understanding global heritage. Play now Global heritage: course taster

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