'Where do heritage trails go to die?' stepping out at the British seaside


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Gilchrist, Paul (2017) 'Where do heritage trails go to die?' stepping out at the British seaside In: Hooper, G., ed. Heritage and tourism in Britain and Ireland. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 195-212. ISBN 9781137520821

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Heritage trails are an important route into accessing the histories of seaside resorts and communities. They are a multifaceted tourist product/experience, combining a series of complex tourism policy objectives around economic and cultural development. Trails are considered not just as a mechanism to historical learning about place but area located within a cultural politics of destination marketing and geographical imaginaries that spatialise the cultural heritage of place in different ways, emphasising local, transnational and global ‘claims to fame’. This chapter offers a critical overview of UK seaside heritage trails, based upon a mixed method qualitative study which included participatory research, site visits and a content analysis of trail brochures, leaflets, signage and web materials. A typology of seaside heritage trails is provided, to account for different social, political and economic objectives inherent in the proliferation of this significant coastal leisure product.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Additional Information: Paul Gilchrist, 'Where do heritage trails go to die?' stepping out at the British seaside, 2017, Palgrave Macmillan UK, reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137520821
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L312 Travel and Tourism
L000 Social Sciences > L700 Human and Social Geography
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2017 09:55
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2017 13:56
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/16655

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