Dean Sully (University College London, UK)
Creating conservation communities
Sully discusses conservation approaches developed in partnership with communities, in order to reflect the aspirations of the participants in the conservation project. His approach validates conservation responses that seek to incorporate the multiple ways that people care for, and use their own cultural heritage. This is discussed in relation to the care of Hinemihi, the Maori meeting house at Clandon Park, a National Trust Property in the UK. The increased participation of Maori in Hinemihi’s care has resulted in a shift from a focus on the material authenticity of Hinemihi as a historic building towards a Maori view of Hinemihi as a living being and an active ceremonial meeting place.
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