Ah yes, can't wait for the Friday discussion - when is selective
appropriation of the past not a crime?! What's the difference between the
unreported detectorist find and the theft of lead? Is heritage crime really
an intellectual outrage rather than physical act /event, bearing in mind
that 90+% of all heritage has been lost, stolen, destroyed, taken out of
context? Is our modern obsession with recording everything hampering our
ability to use, re-use and modify our heritage for our present day & future
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[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Chris Webster
Sent: 15 March 2017 10:32
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Subject: Re: Logging heritage crime
I think we need to be a bit clearer here - heritage crime is not an 'event'
in the sense of EMA. It's not really part of the model at all.
We need to think of why are we recording it separately at all - in terms of
the affect on the significance of the heritage asset, lead theft, for
instance, is no different to repairs/rebuilding without recording. We
wouldn't record the latter as an event (or would someone, arrgh) so
recording heritage crime is a side issue of HER recording in that the HER is
probably the best place to record it, but not a core recording activity, and
only really needed for modern statistics.
And, who judges whether a crime has been committed? If it gets to court?
Conviction? Given a crime number?
And to save for Friday pm - 'Was the rebuilding of Stonehenge in the early
C20 a heritage crime'.
Somerset Historic Environment Record
Somerset Heritage Centre