Industrial heritage presentations: the symbolic representation of differing ideologies for the political and economic future of Wales

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2011-01-01
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Berg, Kimberly
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This research examines how the presentations at three slate industrial heritage sites in North Wales have become symbolic for differing local ideologies regarding the political and economic future of the surrounding area as well as the nation as a whole. Through brochure and display analysis at each site as well as employee interviews within each location, this research incorporates themes of initial site creation, linguistic accommodation, larger funding organizations, marketing strategies, and contemporary interpretations of the site by staff and local community members familiar with the slate industry and its history. This research suggests that the presentations at Penrhyn Castle symbolically maintain historical class divisions and speak to the maintenance of Wales under the British government. The National Slate Museum represents complete independence from the United Kingdom linguistically, culturally, economically, and politically. Llechwedd Slate Caverns represents a reliance on foreign investment to not only maintain tourism but also revitalize the surrounding community.

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Heritage Sites, Industrial Heritage, Representation, Symbolic Ideologies, Tourism, Wales
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