Design (History) and Heritage (Studies): An Introduction

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This introduction makes the case for bringing design history and heritage studies together as timely and relevant to the current state of the art in each field. It provides contextual accounts of design history and parallel developments in heritage studies and critical heritage studies. It explains the structure for the book in six sections addressing design fields, and introduces the chapter contributions and links between them. It offers alternative reading routes attentive to chronology and geography. Three core themes of the book are: interrogating conceptual models and definitions of heritage; examining the significance of intangible cultural heritage for the understanding of design past and present; and questioning structures of ownership, belonging, and identity politics at the intersections of design and heritage. Above all, Design and Heritage shows how heritage is designed. In closing, we reflect on the potential for future work in and between these fields to the benefit of both
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign and Heritage
Subtitle of host publicationThe Construction of Identity and Belonging
EditorsGrace Lees-Maffei, Rebecca Houze
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781003096146
ISBN (Print)9780367540487, 9780367560263
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2021

Publication series

NameKey Issues in Cultural Heritage


  • Design History
  • Heritage
  • Heritage Studies
  • Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Critical Heritage Studies
  • Architecture
  • Placemaking
  • Material Culture
  • national identity


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