Politics, populism or professionalism: reflections on the the role of the academic historian in the production of public history
Dresser, M. (2010) Politics, populism or professionalism: reflections on the the role of the academic historian in the production of public history. The Public Historian, 32 (3). pp. 39-63. ISSN 0272-3433
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/tph.2010.32.3.39
This article first considers some of the broader material and cultural contexts in which public history in Britain has recently developed. It then focuses more specifically on how Heritage Lottery Fund, arguably the major funder of heritage projects in this country, has helped to re-shape the ways heritage and, by implication, history are conceptualized in the public arena. Using a case study based on my own experience, it will delineate the tensions implicit between the demands for public accountability, consultation, and outreach characteristic of publicly funded history projects, and the autonomy of the academic historians they employ.
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