On 02/09/2011 17:24, John Wood wrote:
> So what should we do? My suggestion has been that with private investors the monument could be turned into an 'attraction' by using the facilities for entertainment purposes, shops, restaurants et al. How about a pop festival? The space inside is considerable and it is a fair way from most built up areas. The Royal Marines used to have their Guy Fawkes fireworks display inside the fort, I remember it well!
John a very good question.
I think there is a very good case to have some attractions owned and run
by private organisations and individuals, and the tomb of the Eagles in
Orkney is an excellent example of what can be done if e.g. the landowner
is given the incentive to make an attraction work. I also think that
private and particularly profit orientated companies can be a lot more
creative and more willing to provide the public what they want.
But then again, there are plenty of examples of private companies
destroying heritage for motive.
Isn't the real question: "what are you trying to do?" "saving"
archaeology under a pile of overgrown earth may technically save the
heritage, but what use is that to anyone if it doesn't engender the
public support to put in the resources necessary for future preservation
and research. In other words, if heritage isn't used to develop interest
in heritage then there will be no interest to save heritage.