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Title: Intangible Heritage and Museums: New and Old Challenges?
Authors: Carvalho, Ana
Editors: Delmas-Glass, Emmanuelle
Keywords: intangible heritage
museums social role
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: CIDOC Icom International Committee for Documentation Blog
Citation: Carvalho, Ana. 2017. “Intangible Heritage and Museums: New and Old Challenges?” CIDOC Icom International Committee for Documentation. CIDOC Blog.
Abstract: Intangible heritage has become a buzzword nowadays, in part due to the visibility of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage (2003), which called our attention to the need of giving awareness to a living heritage, in constant modification, that is part of the identity of groups and communities and is transmitted from generation to generation. While many actors are called to take a stand on this matter, museums are among the heritage community organisations that can or could contribute to the safeguard of intangible heritage because museums are places of tangible and intangible heritage that safeguard our identity, our collective memory, our past and our present, and museums are about how we envision our future. Furthermore, museums are spaces of knowledge, where we can celebrate our cultural diversity: they are spaces of encounter and dialogue. Museums also have an educational function and a social role. Therefore, I would say that intangible heritage is embedded in the whole definition of museums; it’s at the heart and essence of what museums are or should be.
Type: workingPaper
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