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Reassessing authenticity: heritage management of tanks

Hoare, Luca 2022. Reassessing authenticity: heritage management of tanks. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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Conservation decisions concerning vehicles often result in one of two outcomes: a vehicle in working, running order, or a vehicle on static display. These two routes depend upon a variety of factors, including previous decision-making and conservation ethical guidance, practicalities such as resource availability and visitor opinions. Traditionally, conservation ethics have differed from visitor views in their assessment of authenticity and identification of value aspects. By reassessing authenticity and redefining what visitors value, conservation decision suggestions can be produced that truly benefit visitors and fulfil museum ethical guidance to produce engaging, inspiring and relevant museum experiences. There is currently no set framework or decision-making process for the decision to run a tank or display it in static condition within The Tank Museum. Similarly, there is no set rationale for the decision to stop running a vehicle and display it in static condition. By considering and quantifying professionally identified and visitor-led factors through analysing and deconstructing current literature and carrying out visitor opinion studies, a rationale is contextualised, and decision-making framework formed that results in defined conservation routes.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Funders: The Tank Museum
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 July 2022
Date of Acceptance: 6 June 2022
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 01:30

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