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Heritage sites, value and wellbeing: learning from the COVID-19 pandemic in England

Heritage sites, value and wellbeing: learning from the COVID-19 pandemic in England
Heritage sites, value and wellbeing: learning from the COVID-19 pandemic in England
The COVID-19 lockdown of society in 2020 deprived people of access to many heritage sites. This made the public uniquely aware of why they visited heritage sites and what they valued about the visits, once heritage sites reopened. In particular, regaining access framed visits in terms of personal agency and wellbeing. Notions of capability, social connections, ontological security, and trust - all important elements of wellbeing - were widely shared values. Heritage sites also offered distinct opportunities for combining hedonic (subjective) and eudaimonic (psychological) wellbeing effects. While heritage value cannot be reduced to wellbeing effects, we suggest that constructive awareness of how these effects may be generated can enhance the outcome of visits to heritage sites.
Heritage Sites, Wellbeing, COVID-19
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Sofaer, Joanna, Davenport, Ben, Stig Sørensen, Marie Louise, Gallou, Eirini and Uzzell, David (2021) Heritage sites, value and wellbeing: learning from the COVID-19 pandemic in England. International Journal of Heritage Studies. (doi:10.1080/17567505.2020.1864113).

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The COVID-19 lockdown of society in 2020 deprived people of access to many heritage sites. This made the public uniquely aware of why they visited heritage sites and what they valued about the visits, once heritage sites reopened. In particular, regaining access framed visits in terms of personal agency and wellbeing. Notions of capability, social connections, ontological security, and trust - all important elements of wellbeing - were widely shared values. Heritage sites also offered distinct opportunities for combining hedonic (subjective) and eudaimonic (psychological) wellbeing effects. While heritage value cannot be reduced to wellbeing effects, we suggest that constructive awareness of how these effects may be generated can enhance the outcome of visits to heritage sites.

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Submitted date: 11 July 2021
Accepted/In Press date: 12 July 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 23 July 2021
Published date: 28 July 2021
Additional Information: Joanna Sofaer Joanna Sofaer is Professor of Archaeology at University of Southampton, Co-Director of the Southampton Institute for Arts and Humanities, and Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fellow. She has directed and partnered on several high-profile international research projects, bridging academic and non-academic worlds. She is particularly interested in the relationship between wellbeing and historic environments. Ben Davenport Ben Davenport is Centre Coordinator at the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre, University of Cambridge. With a background in Archaeology, he has worked as a researcher, research facilitator and manager on international heritage and archaeological research projects for over ten years. Marie Louise Stig Sørensen Marie Louise Stig Sørensen is Professor of European Prehistory and Heritage Studies at the University of Cambridge. She has been involved with heritage teaching and research for several decades having focussed in particular on issues of identity and post-conflict reconstruction. Eirini Gallou Eirini Gallou is Senior Social Analyst at Historic England. She trained as an architect and gained her PhD from the Institute of Sustainable Heritage at UCL She is particularly interested in the social impacts of heritage participation. David Uzzell David Uzzell is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey. He has investigated the role of social and community processes such as social cohesion and social identity processes on environmental and heritage attitudes and behaviours, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of exhibitions, museums and interpretive facilities and services.
Keywords: Heritage Sites, Wellbeing, COVID-19

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Local EPrints ID: 450469
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/450469
ISSN: 1352-7258
PURE UUID: b395da04-3d73-4c90-bde2-62e9c33e2281

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Author: Joanna Sofaer
Author: Ben Davenport
Author: Marie Louise Stig Sørensen
Author: Eirini Gallou
Author: David Uzzell

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