Water control and management have been fundamental to the building of human civilisation. In Europe, the regulation of major rivers, the digging of canals and the wetland reclamation schemes from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, generated new typologies of waterscapes with significant implications for the people who resided within them.

This book explores the role of waterways as a form of heritage, culture and sense of place and the potential of this to underpin the development of cultural tourism. With a multidisciplinary approach across the social sciences and humanities, chapters explore how the control and management of water flows are among some of the most significant human activities to transform the natural environment. Based upon a wealth and breadth of European case studies, the book uncovers the complex relationships we have with waterways, the ways that they have been represented over recent centuries and the ways in which they continue to be redefined in different cultural contexts. Contributions recognise not only valuable assets of hydrology that are at the core of landscape management, but also more intangible aspects that matter to people, such as their familiarity, affecting what is understood as the fluvial sense of place.

This highly original collection will be of interest to those working in cultural tourism, cultural geography, heritage studies, cultural history, landscape studies and leisure studies.

chapter |16 pages


Flowing consciousness and the becoming of waterscapes

part I|123 pages

Cultural visions

chapter 1|10 pages

On the waterfront

chapter 3|16 pages

Salmonscapes and shipyards

Versions of heritage on the River Tyne

chapter 4|15 pages

“A sign of good neighborliness”

Images of the Saimaa Canal in the Soviet Union

chapter 5|12 pages

Women’s labour and cultural heritage

Laundries, collective memory and the Canal du Midi

chapter 6|18 pages

Contested subterranean waterscapes

Lead mining sough disputes in Derbyshire’s Derwent Valley

chapter 7|18 pages

The rock behind the Lagoon

The Dolomites in the iconography of Venice

chapter 8|18 pages

Going along the liquid chronotope

The Po Delta waterscape through Gianni Celati’s narration

part II|116 pages

Touristic perspectives

chapter 9|15 pages


An old form of transport transformed into a new form of heritage tourism experience

chapter 10|15 pages

Recreational countryside and the riverscape aesthetic

Northwest Croatia hydrography as a sustainable tourism destination

chapter 12|11 pages

Tourism and Scotland’s canals

A twenty-first century transformation

chapter 14|14 pages

The Fonséranes lock on the Canal du Midi

Representation, reality and renovation of a heritage site

chapter 15|15 pages

Digital applications and river heritage

The inherited landscape of Venice’s historic waterways

chapter 16|13 pages

Liquid conclusion

Towards a humanistic hydrology