Drawing a line around a shadow? Preserving intangible cultural heritage values through the World Heritage convention
Beazley, O. 2005. Drawing a line around a shadow? Preserving intangible cultural heritage values through the World Heritage convention. Historic Environment 19(1): pp. 25-29.
If we draw a line around a shadow, does this mean that the shadow will not move from where it is initially cast? If we include a place on the World Heritage List for its intangible cultural heritage values, will this prevent those values from diminishing or changing? Intangible cultural heritage value is not an ‘intrinsic quality’ or an ‘inherent meaning’ of a place; it is an ascribed value (Tainter et al. 1983). If the physical fabric of a place is preserved, it will not necessarily preserve the intangible values ascribed to it. Conversely, if a place is destroyed, the intangible heritage values associated with that place may still remain.