Resisting relocation and reconceptualising authenticity: the experiential and emotional values of the Southbank Undercroft London UK

Madgin, R. , Webb, D., Ruiz, P. and Snelson, T. (2018) Resisting relocation and reconceptualising authenticity: the experiential and emotional values of the Southbank Undercroft London UK. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 24(6), pp. 585-598. (doi:10.1080/13527258.2017.1399283)

Madgin, R. , Webb, D., Ruiz, P. and Snelson, T. (2018) Resisting relocation and reconceptualising authenticity: the experiential and emotional values of the Southbank Undercroft London UK. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 24(6), pp. 585-598. (doi:10.1080/13527258.2017.1399283)

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Abstract

The tagline, ‘You Can’t Move History: You Can Secure the Future’, encapsulated the battle at the heart of the campaign to retain the Southbank Undercroft skate spot in the light of planned redevelopment of the Southbank Centre, London. The 2013-15 campaign against relocation adopted a position of no compromise and provides a lens through which three key areas of heritage theory and practice can be examined. Firstly, the campaign uses the term found space to reconceptualise authenticity and places a greater emphasis on embodied experiences of, and emotional attachments to, historic urban spaces. Secondly, the paper argues that the concept of found space opens up a discussion surrounding the role of citizen expertise in understanding the experiential and emotional values of historic urban spaces. Finally, the paper considers the wider relevance of found space in terms of reconceptualising authenticity in theory and practice. The paper is accompanied by the award-winning film ‘You Can’t Move History’ which was produced by the research team in collaboration with Paul Richards from Brazen Bunch and directed by skater, turned filmmaker, Winstan Whitter.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Madgin, Professor Rebecca
Authors: Madgin, R., Webb, D., Ruiz, P., and Snelson, T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:International Journal of Heritage Studies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1352-7258
ISSN (Online):1470-3610
Published Online:13 December 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Journal of Heritage Studies 24(6): 585-598
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
671981AHRC Youth Heritage Stage 2 bidRebecca MadginArts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/M006158/1SPS - URBAN STUDIES