Raw emotion: The Living Memory module at three sites of practice

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Pocock, Celmara, Stell, Marion and Mate, Geraldine. 2018. "Raw emotion: The Living Memory module at three sites of practice." Smith, Laurajane, Wetherell, Margaret and Campbell, Gary (ed.) Emotion, Affective Practices, and the Past in the Present. United Kingdom. Routledge. pp. 281-303
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Raw emotion: The Living Memory module at three sites of practice

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3137
Book TitleEmotion, Affective Practices, and the Past in the Present
AuthorsPocock, Celmara (Author), Stell, Marion (Author) and Mate, Geraldine (Author)
EditorsSmith, Laurajane, Wetherell, Margaret and Campbell, Gary
Page Range281-303
SeriesKey Issues in Cultural Heritage
Chapter Number17
Number of Pages23
Year2018
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISBN9781351250955
9780815370024
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351250962-17
Web Address (URL)https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781351250962-17/raw-emotion-celmara-pocock-marion-stell-geraldine-mate
Abstract

This chapter investigates the effectiveness of emotion as a framing tool for engaging visitors at heritage sites and museums. Living Memory is a video recording module that invites a visitor to contribute their personal story through a fixed emotional lens. The chapter outlines how this module was trialled at three sites of practice. discusses the trialling and use of the Living Memory module at three sites of practice-educational, industrial and community. In driving the collection of memories, this affective language has the potential to influence how people view the past and provide them with alternative narrative structures. The importance of engagement-the creation of a relationship between display and audience-is exemplified in recent moves towards co-production in museum and heritage interpretation. Taken together, the stories from Living Memory trials demonstrate a new diversity in visitor engagement, and a more conscious affective practice in telling their story.

Keywordsheritage, emotion, interpretation, museums, living memory, audience participation, recording, stories
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020430299. Heritage, archive and museum studies not elsewhere classified
430205. Heritage and cultural conservation
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University of Queensland
Queensland Museum, Australia
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