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What role can digital heritage play in the re-imagining of national identities?: England and its icons

ByRHIANNON MASON, ZELDA BAVEYSTOCK

This study is premised on the idea that ‘national heritage’ is enlisted as part of the process of ‘governmentality’ and the first section examines this in the current British context. The second section outlines recent research findings which suggest changes in perceptions of national identities in Britain and the relevance of this for heritage. The final section considers the ‘ICONS of England’ online project and

what it reveals about the way that governmental discourses intersect with the wider heritage sector and populist discourses.