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Inheriting slavery: making sense of a difficult heritage

Catalani, A and Ackroyd, T 2013, 'Inheriting slavery: making sense of a difficult heritage' , Journal of Heritage Tourism . (In Press)

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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 paper looks at the material inheritance of slavery and the challenges of its interpretation in historical sites, through the use of sound. Specifically, the paper 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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heritage, Interpretation, Slavery, Soundscapes, Diaspora
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Heritage Tourism
Publisher: Multilingual Matters & Channel View Publications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1743-873X
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Anna Catalani
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2012 14:12
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:35

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