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Taboo and sensitive heritage: labour camps, burials and the role of activism in the Channel Islands.

Carr, Gilly and STURDY COLLS, Caroline (2016) Taboo and sensitive heritage: labour camps, burials and the role of activism in the Channel Islands. International Journal of Heritage Studies. ISSN 1352-7258

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In this paper we propose the concept of taboo heritage as a way to describe a legacy of war so sensitive that it never undergoes heritage creation. Attempts at creation, such as heritage listing, renovation or excavation, are blocked by local authorities. We also examine the transition from taboo heritage to sensitive heritage, the next step along the ‘heritage continuum’, which we propose can only occur through the combined efforts of the passage of time, the role of activists and official authorisation. We take as our case study two of the British Channel Islands of Jersey and Alderney, occupied by German forces from 1940 to 1945. Labour camps were built in both islands, where the dead were also buried locally. We explore how the existing legacy of these events is still taboo heritage in Alderney, but has achieved partial progress in the transition to sensitive heritage in Jersey.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: INCL
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences > Sciences
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Depositing User: Caroline STURDY COLLS
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2016 13:06
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 16:18
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/2348

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