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Beyond the martial façade: gender, heritage and medieval castles

Dempsey, K., Gilchrist, R., Ashbee, J., Sagrott, S. and Stones, S. (2019) Beyond the martial façade: gender, heritage and medieval castles. International Journal of Heritage Studies. ISSN 1470-3610

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2019.1636119

Abstract/Summary

Gendered interpretations are rare both within castle-studies and heritage discourses on medieval castles. Yet, castles hold potential to inform multi-vocal accounts of the medieval past and to inspire meaningful heritage interpretations to achieve greater societal impact. This article explores the role that gender currently plays in interpretations of medieval castles in Britain, supported by three case-studies written by heritage professionals. The enduring narrative of militarism at medieval castles sites is discussed, together with issues of authenticity in relation to the historical record, which is in itself biased and inherently gendered. Outcomes from a collaborative workshop highlight the need to address interpretative issues where gender is considered to equate to ‘making women visible’. Finally, we pose the question: What makes a ‘good gendered interpretation’ at a public heritage site?

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Social Archaeology
Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
ID Code:84127
Uncontrolled Keywords:gender, heritage, medieval castles, militarism, authenticity, heritage value, authorized heritage discourse
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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