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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1102: Castle Spaces, II: Interacting with Castles as Heritage Spaces

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Canterbury Christ Church University
Organiser:Alison Norton, Department of History University of Exeter
Moderator/Chair:Alison Norton, Department of History University of Exeter
Paper 1102-aA Castle of Matchless Magnificence: Conwy Castle and Tourism in the Long 19th Century
(Language: English)
Holly Conway, Department of History, University of Exeter
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Local History
Paper 1102-bInterpretations and Perceptions of the Tower of London: Can the Truth Get in the Way of a Good Story?
(Language: English)
Alfred Hawkins, Historic Royal Palaces, London
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Secular
Paper 1102-cViewing Castle Sites through a Gendered Lens: Opportunities and Challenges
(Language: English)
Rachel Delman, University College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Gender Studies, Mentalities

Ideas of the medieval castle are multifaceted and complex, influenced by societal and cultural understandings. In recent years, castle scholars across numerous disciplines have approached the nuances of castle perceptions through the interpretation of space to understand how people from all levels of society experienced these structures. This approach has sparked questions concerning to what extent interpretations of castles, not just in the medieval period but also in the present, are entangled with social and cultural interactions. The purpose of this session is to explore these questions through an analysis of castles as heritage spaces.