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Playing with the Past: Exploring Values in Heritage Practice

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Playing with the Past

Exploring Values in Heritage Practice

Kate Clark

228 pages, large format 8.5in x 11in, 94 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-312-7 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (October 2019)

ISBN  978-1-78920-300-4 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (October 2019)

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“As a facilitator working in the heritage sector, this book felt as though it was written for me. Once published it will quickly become my manual and should quickly become a core text for anyone working with heritage, in whatever capacity, at whatever level. This book is a tour de force, taking the reader on a journey into the theory and practice of valuing heritage; it represents for the facilitator a box of delights or a pic ‘n’ mix of games for the heritage manager, designator, funder, fundraiser, educator, regulator, policy-maker to use in their everyday work.” • Jo Robertson, Built Environment Forum Scotland


Heritage is all around us, not just in monuments and museums, but in places that matter, in the countryside and in collections and stories. It touches all of us. How do we decide what to preserve? How do we make the case for heritage when there are so many other priorities? Playing with the Past is the first ever action-learning book about heritage. Over eighty creative activities and games encompass the basics of heritage practice, from management and decisionmaking to community engagement and leadership. Although designed to ‘train the trainers’, the activities in the book are relevant to anyone involved in caring for heritage.

Kate Clark is an industrial archaeologist who has had a career in museums and heritage management in the public, private and voluntary sectors, in Australia and the UK.  She has worked in Wales as CEO of Cadw (the Welsh Government heritage service), in Australia as Director of  Sydney Living Museums (the Historic Houses Trust of NSW), and in England with the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and Ironbridge Gorge Museums, as well as in her own business.  She has written about a wide range of heritage topics including conservation planning, industrial archaeology, heritage management,  research and evaluation, landscapes, building conservation and sustainable development.

Subject: Museum Studies Heritage Studies Archaeology