Janet Davis wrote:
weren't managed somehow, there wouldn't be much of it left or visible for
everyone else to argue about."
Isn't this the meta-issue we should be discussing, rather than paganism per se?
What do we define as 'heritage' and how should managing it be funded? Who makes the definition? Who is to do the managing and what controls are in place to ensure against self interest, malice or neglect of responsibility?
At the moment, apart from NT and EH, a lot of our 'heritage' is privately owned and some of it is in museums. The latter possess more artifacts than they can show, and some museums do not often put on show many of the artifacts they own. This locks away these items as effectively as if they were in private ownership. Who governs the choice of what goes on display and what criteria do they use?
Is it right for 'heritage' to be privately owned, whether it is a Roman treasure or a stone circle?
Is it right for 'heritage' to be so freely available to visitors that it crumbles, like paths in the Lake District, through overuse?