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Title: 'Not set in stone' : an examination of the role of values in the conservation of ruins in England and Norway.
Author: Greenhow, Ingrid
ISNI:       0000 0001 3517 7744
Awarding Body: Oxford Brookes University
Current Institution: Oxford Brookes University
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis examines the role ofvalues in the conservation ofruins in England and Norway. It provides an historical overview ofthe emergence ofruins in the landscape and how the values that are associated with ruins have developed. time. The physical process ofruination is described, together with how ruins have become significant over time and how such significance has affected the way in which ruins are conserved. The.growth ofconservation and the development ofconservation legislation are also examined, with reference to international conservation charters. As the values associated with ruins become more complex, the ways in which ruins are preserved have also developed. In particular, the shift from preserving the legibility ofa ruin to preserving its narrative value is examined, with a consideration ofproblems ofretaining immaterial values such as authenticity, aura and genius loci. While some elements cannot be retained in the conservation process, ruins may also add value to the surroundings, by contributing to urban environments, through the introduction ofnew architectural elements or through re-use. Consideration is also given to the rediscovery of 'green values', where Nature is used as a preservative. Complementary case studies from the Middles Ages to the twentieth century are employed to illustrate differing approaches to ruin conservation and to highlight specific issues. These range from examples ofclassic ruin conservation to more radical and innovative solutions and illustrate how conservation has developed as new values take precedence in the light ofchanging attitudes in society, and as awareness increases ofthe wider significance ofruins. The study assesses the extent to which non-measurable values govern attitudes to the conservation ofruins and whether universally applicable guidelines can be drawn up which include such values, given that every country has its own climate, history and sense ofnational identity.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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