What is heritage?
What is heritage?

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

What is heritage?


This course was written by Dr Rodney Harrison

This free course is an adapted extract from the course AD218 Understanding global heritage, which is currently out of presentation

Course image: Paul Stevenson [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] in Flickr made available under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Licence.

Figure 1: The Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Coast, Queensland, Australia. Photographed by Walter Bibikow. Photo: © Jon Arnold Images Ltd/Alamy.

Figure 2: The Mir Castle complex, Republic of Belarus, 2003. Unknown photographer. Photo: Ullstein Bild – Russian Picture Service.

Figure 3: http://www.getty.edu/conservation/research_resources/ charters.html. ‘Cultural Heritage Policy Document List’. The Getty website. Copyright © J. Paul Getty Trust.

Figure 4: Interior of the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs gift shop at the O2 Dome, London, 2008. Photographed by Rodney Harrison. Photo: © Rodney Harrison.

Figure 5: Entrance to the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition at the O2 Dome, London, 2008. Photographed by Rodney Harrison. Photo: © Rodney Harrison.

Figure 6: The Harry S. Truman Home, 219 N. Delaware Street, Independence, Missouri. Unknown photographer. Photo: © David R. Frazier Photolibrary, Inc./Alamy.

Figure 7: The sitting room of the Truman Home, as interpreted to the site visitor. Photographed by Jack E. Boucher, Historic American Buildings Survey. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MO, 48 INDEP, 3.

Figure 8: Grandview Farm, Missouri, c.1906–9. Unknown photographer. Photo: © Corbis.

Figure 10: Locals gather to cheer on the two teams during the Boxing Day tug of war in Ludlow town centre. Unknown photographer. Photo: courtesy of the Shropshire Star.

Don't miss out:

If reading this text has inspired you to learn more, you may be interested in joining the millions of people who discover our free learning resources and qualifications by visiting The Open University - www.open.edu/ openlearn/ free-courses


Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371