Pubs: UNESCO sites?

Contextualising Practice.

Tangible / Intangible Heritage

MMU bought the Salutation Pub at the back of the Art School.

Extract from MENmedia:

Along with The Briton’s Protection in the city centre, The Salutation is the only pub in Manchester still to have original Victorian decor including ornate embossed wallpaper.

The building also bears a blue plaque marking the site nearby where Charlotte Bronte began to write novel Jane Eyre on a visit to Manchester in 1846.

A spokesman for MMU said: “The Salutation Pub is a local landmark which has been a popular haunt of Manchester Met staff and students over many years. Buying a pub is a bit out of the ordinary but represents a strategic acquisition for the university – surrounded by land which we either own or occupy.”

Full article here.

Pubs as places of memory, story, music, local narrative. Pubs as containers of ‘intangible cultural heritage‘. Pubs as sites of living culture, social meeting places, points of cultural intersection.

intangible cultural heritage means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills….. that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage. This intangible cultural heritage, transmitted from generation to generation is constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history, and provides them  with a sense of identity and continuity, thus  promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity. It is manifested inter alia in the following domains:

a. oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of intangible heritage;

b. performing arts;

c. social practices, rituals and festive events;

d. knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe;

e. traditional craftsmanship’

UNESCO 2003, Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Guardian Extract:

The London pub. As deeply connected to the city’s cultural identity as double-decker busesbeefeaters and busby-topped sentries – and a darn site more useful. London would be nothing without its immortal inns and timeless taverns, amazing alehouses and brilliant boozers. But across town these stalwart social institutions are being threatened, replaced with cloned, characterless bars or else demolished to make way for blocks of flats.

And that’s why a group of students from the landscape, architecture and interior design courses at Kingston University want to see them protected, by applying for Unesco World Heritage status for the London Public House as a ‘type’.

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