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Overview

The concepts of nature, culture and heritage are deeply entwined; their threads run together in some of our finest museums, in accounts of exploration and discovery, in the work of artists, poets and writers, and in areas that arecherished and protected because of their landscapes and wildlife. The conservation ethic - placing a value on the natural environment - lies at the heart of the notion of "natural heritage", but we need to question how those values originated, were consolidated and ultimately moulded and changed over time. In a contemporary context the connections between nature and culture have sometimes become lost, fragmented, dislocated or misunderstood; where did "natural heritage" begin and how do we engage with the idea of "nature" today? The essays collected here re-evaluate the role of culture in developing the concept of natural heritage, reflecting on the shifts in its interpretation over the last 300 years.

Contributors: Martin Holdgate, Marie Addyman, E. Charles Nelson, Darrell Smith, Andrew Ramsey, Viktor Kouloumpis, Richard Milner, Gina Douglas, Penny Bradshaw, Arthur Mac Gregor, Chiara Nepi, Hannah Paddon, Stephen Hewitt, Gordon Mc Gregor Reid, Ghillean T Prance, Peter Davis, Christopher Donaldson, Lucy Mc Robert, Sophie Darlington, Keith Scholey, Paul A. Roncken, Angus Lunn, Juliet Clutton-Brock, Tim Sands, Robert A. Lambert, James Champion, Erwin van Maanen, Heather Prince, Chris Loynes, Julie Taylor, Sarah Elmeligi, Samantha Finn, Owen Nevin, Jared Bowers, Kate Hennessy, Natasha Lyons, Mike Jeffries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783271054
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 06/17/2016
Series: Heritage Matters Series , #18
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Peter Davis was born in August 1921. He joined an infantry unit after school, deferring a scholarship to Cambridge until after the War. In 1942 he joined the SAS. This book tells of his experiences in Sicily and Italy in 1942 and 1943. He went on to be promoted to Captain and following a skirmish in France in 1945, was awarded the Military Cross. After the War, he took up his scholarship and was granted a Master of Arts degree. He married and moved to South Africa. Peter was murdered on 4 March 1994 and this remains an unsolved crime. Editor Details: Paul Davies, the author’s son, has resettled in the UK after many years in South Africa.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Acknowledgments xiv

List of Abbreviations xv

Foreword Martin Holdgate xvii

Introduction Ian Convery Peter Davis 1

Historical Perspectives on Nature

1 "The Nomination of the Visible': William Turner's Practice of Natural History Marie Addyman 7

2 Early European Perceptions of the Nature of Australia E Charles Nelson 17

3 Conserving Natural Heritage: Shifting Positions of Culture and Nature Darrell Smith Ian Convery Andrew Ramsey Viktor Kouloumpis 27

4 Three Birds of a Feather - Darwin, Wallace and Attenborough: An Unbroken Tradition of Finding Where the Wild Things Are Richard Milner 37

5 Organising, Naming and Ordering Nature Gina Douglas 49

6 Our 'Great Entail': Constructing the Cultural Value of the Lake District Penny Bradshaw 63

Collecting Nature

7 Renaissance Collecting and Understanding of the Natural World Arthur MacGregor 75

8 Botanical Collecting, Herbaria and the Understanding of Nature Chiara Nepi 89

9 Taxidermy and the Representation of Nature Hannah Paddon 99

10 The Significance of Natural History Collections in the Twenty-first Century Stephen Hewitt 107

Interpreting Nature and Landscapes

11 Changed Attitudes to Nature Reflected in the Transformation of Menageries to Zoos Gordon McGregor Reid 119

12 Botanic Gardens: Changing Perceptions of Plants Ghillean T Prance Peter Davis 129

13 Shifting Interpretations of the English Lake District Christopher Donaldson 141

14 Facebook Nature: My Generation and Other Animals Lucy McRobert 149

15 Visual Narratives in Wildlife Film-making Sophie Darlington 157

16 A History of Half a Century of Wildlife Television and its Impact on Audiences Keith Scholey 165

17 Landscape, Nature and the Contemporary Sublime in Illustrated Children's Literature Paul A Roncken Ian Convery 171

Conserving Nature

18 The Public Perception of Protected Areas in the UK Angus Lunn 185

19 Conservation of Rare Species and Natural Heritage: the Wild and the Tame Juliet Clutton-Brock 195

20 Our Vanishing Natural Heritage and The Wildlife Trusts: a Century of Influence and Local Action for Nature and People Tim Sands Robert A Lambert 203

21 A Champion of the Tiger's Cause James Champion 213

People-Nature Interactions

22 Adventure, Nature and Commodification Heather Prince Chris Loynes 227

23 Destination Nature: Wildlife and the Rise of Domestic Ecotourism in Britain, 1880-2015 Robert A Lambert 235

24 Wild Places as Therapeutic Environments Julie Taylor 245

25 Citizen Science and the Perception of Nature Sarah Elmeligi Samantha Finn Owen Nevin Ian Convery 253

26 Using Community-based Cultural Tourism to Enhance Nature Conservation in the Rupununi, Guyana Jared Bowers 265

27 Representing Natural Heritage in Digital Space: from the National Museum of Natural History to Inuvialuit Living History Kate Hennessy Natasha Lyons 275

28 Out of the Wild Wood and into our Beds: the Evolutionary History of Teddy Bears and the Natural Selection of Deadly Cuteness Mike Jeffries 289

29 Rewilding: the Realisation and Reality of a New Challenge for Nature in the Twenty-first Century Erwin van Maanen Ian Convery 299

List of Contributors 317

Index 325

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