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Title:Heritage, Pageantry and Archivism: Creed Systems and Tropes of Public History in Imperial South Africa, circa 1910
Author:Merrington, PeterISNI
Periodical:Kronos: Journal of Cape History
Geographic term:South Africa
History and Exploration
Ethnic and Race Relations
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41056431
Abstract:This paper explores aspects of the 'invention of heritage' for the 'new' South Africa of 1910. In the late Victorian and Edwardian social milieu 'history' appears to have enjoyed a status significantly different from what might be meant in the present secular and postcolonial world. It appears to have been ultimately bound up with notions of faith, nation, race and empire, origins and destiny, and these notions appear to have been perceived, embodied, and enacted in manifold ways before the public eye and in the public imagination. The field pertaining to 1910 is broad, a reticulation of interests, activities, institutions, creed-systems and personel careers, that includes philosophy, historiography, publishing practices, book-collecting, antiquarianism and conservation, tourism, archtecture and performance. Two or three exemplary strands are traced through this web, and at the same time three 'tropes' or dominant recurring images are deployed as 'organizing principles' for the treatment of this mass of material. The three organizing tropes are identified with the following concepts: heritage itself, pageantry and archivism. All three of these are common concepts associated with the public culture of the period, and all are richly suggestive, moreover, in their methaphorical dimensions. Notes, ref.