Astrid Swenson

‘Heritage’ on Display:
Exhibitions and Congresses for the Protection of Ancient Monuments at the World’s Fairs 1855-1915

  This paper examines the role of the word’s fairs in the conceptualization of ‘cultural heritage’.[1] In 1851 Prince Albert initiated the world’s fair as a display of industrial progress, and history and ‘heritage’ entered the scene through the back door: by manufacturers putting the history of their products on display. The retrospective element was …
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