Heritage trails are an important route into accessing the histories of seaside resorts and communities. They are a multifaceted tourist product/experience, combining a series of complex tourism policy objectives around economic and cultural development. Trails are considered not just as a mechanism to historical learning about place but area located within a cultural politics of destination marketing and geographical imaginaries that spatialise the cultural heritage of place in different ways, emphasising local, transnational and global ‘claims to fame’. This chapter offers a critical overview of UK seaside heritage trails, based upon a mixed method qualitative study which included participatory research, site visits and a content analysis of trail brochures, leaflets, signage and web materials. A typology of seaside heritage trails is provided, to account for different social, political and economic objectives inherent in the proliferation of this significant coastal leisure product.
|Title of host publication||Heritage and tourism in Britain and Ireland|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Mar 2017|
Bibliographical notePaul Gilchrist, 'Where do heritage trails go to die?' stepping out at the British seaside, 2017, Palgrave Macmillan UK, reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137520821
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- School of Applied Sciences - Subject Lead Geography, Earth and Env't, Principal Lecturer
- Centre for Aquatic Environments
- Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories
- Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics
- Society, Space and Environment Research and Enterprise Group
- Sport and Leisure Cultures Research and Enterprise Group
- Tourism, Hospitality and Events Research and Enterprise Group