Hidden Heritage can be many things to many people here are a couple of ideas from the team. If you would like to add to the debate feel free to get in contact and we will add your thoughts to this page.
Here’s a interesting article on the problems of locals dumping rubbish in and around historic monuments Should we condemn locals for this kind of behaviour or does this prove that we are not getting the message out to the general public about the benefits of protecting our heritage?
Dorset dialect is an area of hidden heritage which has been overlooked for decades, below is a brief example of the dialect was written prior to the days of William Barnes.
Lady-bird ! lady-bird ! pretty one ! stay! Come sit on my ﬁnger, so happy and gay; With me shall no mischle betlde thee; No harm would I do thee, no foeman is near, I onl would gaze on thy beauties so dea.r, Those beautiful winglets beside thee. Lady-bird! lady-bird! ﬂy away home; Thy house is a-ﬁre, thy children will roam! List ! list! to their cry and bewailing! The pitiless spider is weaving their doom, Then, lady-bird! lady-bird! ﬂ away home! Hark! hark! to thy child!-en’s bewailing. Fly back again, back again, lad -bird dear! Thy neighbours will merrily welizome thee here; With them shall no perils attend thee! They’ll guard thee so safelly from danger or care, They’ll aze on thy beaut’ ul win lets so fair, And comfort, and love, and ﬁefriend thee !
Although archaeology has gained a far greater prominence in recent years with TV programmes such as Time Team, we would argue that archaeology is still hidden from the vast majority of the general public. Why is this? Perhaps because this area of study is perceived to be highbrow, some would argue its pointless there is even suggestions that its not immersive enough.
Samantha Hyde Says:
Well i live in Gloucester, i think the problem isn’t just lack of awareness..its more about relevance…most people simply don’t understand why they should care about heritage. my mate peter was working for several months on the old college site, but a lot of people had no idea the dig was going on..or the relevance of what was found..add in a city council that is quite frankly anti-heritage.. need i go further? we did have a community based project that my mate Anna ran for a couple of years, which had some success but that came to an end (lottery grant that one) Upshot is i think we need to focus on engagement and information. that’s my tuppence