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Beyond the martial façade: gender, heritage and medieval castles

Dempsey, Karen ORCID:, Gilchrist, Roberta, Ashbee, Jeremy, Sagrott, Stefan and Stones, Samantha 2020. Beyond the martial façade: gender, heritage and medieval castles. International Journal of Heritage Studies 26 (4) , pp. 352-369. 10.1080/13527258.2019.1636119

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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
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 14703610 13527258
ISSN: 1352-7258
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 October 2022
Date of Acceptance: 8 June 2019
Last Modified: 02 May 2023 19:45

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