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ERIC Number: ED448075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 11
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Sedgemoor: A Suitable Case for Treatment? Heritage, Interpretation and Educational Process.
Thompson, Lynne
A partnership between the Universities of Exeter and Bournemouth at their joint University Centre in Yeovil College, Somerset (England) allowed local students to participate in higher education via a BA degree in Heritage and Regional Studies. This program represents several disciplines including history, literature, and the visual arts. It aims to provide a process whereby students obtain a better understanding of what might be termed "regionality"--an appreciation of how the identity of a specific place is constructed--and help develop students' transferable skills of teamwork, problem solving, and communication. One strategy employed to further these aims was the incorporation of an accredited study tour of heritage sites in Dorset, Devon, and Somerset during the summer of 1999. This paper first provides a historical context on the Battle of Sedgemoor, a battlefield site on the tour which was a marketing project of the Somerset Tourist Board in 1985. The paper analyzes the interpretation of the battle in terms of the Tourist Board campaign and discusses the reasons for its ultimate failure. It then provides suggestions which may influence future decisions on the choice of themes, stories, and messages and their likely impact upon visitor knowledge, attitudes, and behavior in relationship to the re-interpretation of Sedgemoor as a heritage resource. It comments briefly on the student experience of the study tour. (Contains 10 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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