OpenLearn Scotland
OpenLearn Scotland

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5.3 Heritage case studies: Scotland

These case studies introduce various typologies of heritage and the methods used to study them. They help draw attention to the fact that the heritage traditions in England, Scotland and Wales are not the same and are enshrined in slightly different legislation. Every study of heritage requires an understanding of the legal context and the traditions and history governing the object of heritage.

The first case study, by Mary-Catherine Garden, involves public memories of two significant historical events, the battles of Bannockburn and Culloden, which have helped forge national consciousness in Scotland but which have little visible archaeological evidence to inform the viewer. Intangible heritage, linked to a physical site, presents problems of its own.

The second case study examines the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, its designation as a World Heritage Site and how Edinburgh is managed as heritage site.

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this free course you should be able to:

  • understand significant issues affecting heritage;

  • engage effectively in debates about heritage issues in Scotland.



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