Changing Perceptions of Nature [Hardback]

Ian Convery(Editor); Peter Davis MC(Editor)

ISBN: 9781783271054 | Published by: Boydell Press | Series: Heritage Matters | Volume: Volume 18 | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 356p, H9.5 x W6.75, 56 black and white, 1 line drawing
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Changing Perceptions of Nature


The concepts of nature, culture and heritage are deeply entwined; their threads run together in some of our finest museums, in accounts of exploration and discovery, in the work of artists, poets and writers, and in areas that are cherished and protected because of their landscapes and wildlife. The conservation ethic - placing a value on the natural environment - lies at the heart of the notion of "natural heritage", but we need to question how those values originated, were consolidated and ultimately moulded and changed over time. In a contemporary context the connections between nature and culture have sometimes become lost, fragmented, dislocated or misunderstood; where did "natural heritage" begin and how do we engage with the idea of "nature" today? The essays collected here re-evaluate the role of culture in developing the concept of natural heritage, reflecting on the shifts in its interpretation over the last 300 years. Contributors: Martin Holdgate, Marie Addyman, E. Charles Nelson, Darrell Smith, Andrew Ramsey, Viktor Kouloumpis, Richard Milner, Gina Douglas, Penny Bradshaw, Arthur MacGregor, Chiara Nepi, Hannah Paddon, Stephen Hewitt, Gordon McGregor Reid, Ghillean T Prance, Peter Davis, Christopher Donaldson, Lucy McRobert, Sophie Darlington, Keith Scholey, Paul A. Roncken, Angus Lunn, Juliet Clutton-Brock, Tim Sands, Robert A. Lambert, James Champion, Erwin van Maanen, Heather Prince, Chris Loynes, Julie Taylor, Sarah Elmeligi, Samantha Finn, Owen Nevin, Jared Bowers, Kate Hennessy, Natasha Lyons, Mike Jeffries.

Table of Contents

Foreword - Martin HoldgateIntroduction - Ian Convery and Peter Davis'The Nomination of the Visible': William Turner's Practice of Natural History - Marie AddymanEarly European Perceptions of the Nature of Australia - Charles NelsonConserving Natural Heritage: Shifting Positions of Culture and Nature - Darrell Smith and Ian Convery and Andrew Ramsey and Viktor KouloumpisThree Birds of a Feather - Darwin, Wallace and Attenborough: An Unbroken Tradition of Finding Where the Wild Things Are - Richard MilnerOrganising, Naming and Ordering Nature - Gina DouglasOur 'Great Entail': Constructing the Cultural Value of the Lake District - Penny BradshawRenaissance Collecting and Understanding of the Natural World - Arthur MacGregorBotanical Collecting, Herbaria and the Understanding of Nature - Chiara NepiTaxidermy and the Representation of Nature - Hannah PaddonThe Significance of Natural History Collections in the 21st Century - Stephen HewittChanged Attitudes to Nature Reflected in the Transformation of Menageries to Zoos - Gordon McGregor ReidInterpretation in Botanic Gardens - Ghillean T. Prance and Peter DavisShifting Interpretations of the English Lake District - Christopher DonaldsonFacebook Nature: My Generation and Other Animals - Lucy McRobertVisual Narratives in Wildlife Film-making - Sophie DarlingtonA History of Half a Century of Wildlife Television and its Impact on Audiences - Keith ScholeyLandscape, Nature and the Contemporary Sublime in Illustrated Children's Literature - Paul A. Roncken and Ian ConveryThe Public Perception of Protected Areas in the UK - Angus LunnConservation of Rare Species and Natural Heritage: the Wild and the Tame - Juliet Clutton-BrockOur Vanishing Natural Heritage and The Wildlife Trusts: a Century of Influence and Local Action for Nature and People - Tim Sands and Robert LambertA Champion of the Tiger's Cause - James ChampionAdventure, Nature and Commodification - Heather Prince and Chris LoynesDestination Nature: Wildlife and the Rise of Domestic Ecotourism in Britain, 1880-2015 - Robert LambertWild Places as Therapeutic Environments - Julie TaylorCitizen Science and the Perception of Nature - Ian Convery and Sarah Elmeligi and Samantha Finn and Owen NevinUsing Community-based Cultural Tourism to Enhance Nature Conservation in the Rupununi, Guyana - Jared BowersRepresenting Natural Heritage in Digital Space: from the National Museum of Natural History to Inuvialuit Living History - Kate HennessyUsing Community-based Cultural Tourism to Enhance Nature Conservation in the Rupununi, Guyana - Natasha LyonsOut of the Wild Wood and into our Beds: the Evolutionary History of Teddy Bears and the Natural Selection of Deadly Cuteness - Mike JeffriesRewilding: the Realisation and Reality of a New Challenge for Nature in the 21st Century - Erwin van van Maanen and Ian Convery

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