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Why are heritage enthusiasts so stubbornly hidebound?

James Stourton’s civilised arguments for preserving the great architecture of the past seem coupled with hostility to anything remotely novel or inventive

12 November 2022

9:00 AM

12 November 2022

9:00 AM

Heritage: A History of How We Conserve Our Past James Stourton

Head of Zeus, pp.480, 30

Even if notions of beauty are treacherously fugitive, and even if interpretations of history are nowadays subject to revision by class, gender and race, there can be no civilised argument against the preservation and enjoyment of great architecture and art from the past. But ‘heritage’ is not quite that simple.

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