Documenting and safeguarding intangible cultural heritage

The experience in Scotland

Authored by: Alison McCleery , Jared Bowers

The Routledge Companion to Intangible Cultural Heritage

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138860551
eBook ISBN: 9781315716404
Adobe ISBN: 9781317506898


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Scotland is a nation, not a nation-state, and as such is one of the four constituent nations of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Since 1999, Scotland has had a devolved parliament responsible for home affairs – including cultural heritage – within its own borders. It was against this background that the ICH in Scotland initiative on safeguarding and documenting intangible cultural heritage was instigated. An initial small scoping study was carried out by Edinburgh Napier University (ENU), sponsored by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS), the national development body for the museum sector in Scotland. Following completion of the scoping study, a UK-wide research funding body, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), funded a three-year investigation into how best to document and safeguard ICH in Scotland. The outcome of this project, described later, was a user-generated wiki.

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