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dc.contributor.authorDempsey, Karen
dc.contributor.authorGilchrist, Roberta
dc.contributor.authorAshbee, Jeremy
dc.contributor.authorSagrott, Stefan
dc.contributor.authorStones, Samantha
dc.identifier.citationDempsey, Karen, Gilchrist, Roberta, Ashbee, Jeremy, Sagrott, Stefan, & Stones, Samantha. (2019). Beyond the martial façade: gender, heritage and medieval castles. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 1-18. doi: 10.1080/13527258.2019.1636119en_IE
dc.description.abstractGendered interpretations are rare both within castle-studies and heritage discourses on medieval castles. Yet, castles hold potential to inform multi-vocal accounts of the medieval past and to inspire meaningful heritage interpretations to achieve greater societal impact. This article explores the role that gender currently plays in interpretations of medieval castles in Britain, supported by three case-studies written by heritage professionals. The enduring narrative of militarism at medieval castles sites is discussed, together with issues of authenticity in relation to the historical record, which is in itself biased and inherently gendered. Outcomes from a collaborative workshop highlight the need to address interpretative issues where gender is considered to equate to 'making women visible'. Finally, we pose the question: What makes a 'good gendered interpretation' at a public heritage site?en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipThanks to National Heritage Agencies and all participants in the workshop for their support, collaboration and feedback. This collaborative article was written as part of my Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, entitled, ‘HeRSTORY’, based at the Dept. of Archaeology, University of Reading, UK.en_IE
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Heritage Studiesen
dc.subjectmedieval castlesen_IE
dc.subjectheritage valueen_IE
dc.subjectauthorized heritage discourseen_IE
dc.titleBeyond the martial façade: gender, heritage and medieval castlesen_IE
dc.local.contactKaren Dempsey. Email:
dc.local.copyrightcheckedGold Open Access. APC paid by authors (email from author on 30/10/2019)

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