Through an ethnographic approach, we tried to get a grip on the socio-cultural meaning of immovable heritage in Flanders.
Field research was conducted at 8 heritage sites. Important in the selection of the cases was to achieve sufficient diversity with regard to geographical location, typology, organisation model, programme.
The field research consisted of a combination of observation and different questioning methods (from free to more targeted), sometimes supplemented by webinars.
Within the research project we approached immovable heritage as a social construction and a social product, in which there are as many stories as there are users. What heritage is and how it is dealt with is at the heart of negotiation and valuation processes.
Not the heritage professionals, but the users of immovable heritage were central to the research. This resulted in a shift from institutionalised value grids to a dynamic process of valuing.
Agentschap Onroerend erfgoed van de Vlaamse Overheid
Universiteit Hasselt
Hanne, Bert