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Nostalgia and the Transformation of Working-Class Heritage


  • Durham University
  • Beamish: The Living Museum of the North

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Nostalgia and the transformation of working-class heritage develops an interdisciplinary methodology to present a radical framework for rethinking sites of working-class heritage, from relatively homogenous, celebratory depictions to stories that situate the classed past in global and colonial contexts. Designed with Beamish Living Museum, this project engages with current heritage debates on nationalism, emotion and colonialism but goes beyond them to include ‘classed’ nostalgia, typically neglected in scholarship. The student will interrogate the nostalgia at work in the Museum to identify how the ‘whiteness’ of working-class heritage can be transformed to generate ‘honesty without hostility’ in museum policy and practice.


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Project Collaborators

Prof. Julie-Marie Strange

Prof. Julie-Marie Strange conducts research into class and material culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, among other interests
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Beamish Living Museum

Beamish Living Museum aims to show what daily life was like in the region during the Industrial Revolution
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Northern Bridge Consortium

The funding for this studentship is provided via Northern Bridge
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Economic and Social History

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Modern History

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British and Continental European History

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