Be Birkbeck Challenging Heritage: Uncanny Encounters in Mr Straw’s House – 14 November 6.30-8.00pm

How do seemingly conventional heritage sites such as Mr Straw’s House, a National Trust Property in the North of England, challenge audiences’ perception of the past and their interactions with it?

This talk will explore the discrepancies between the way the Trust markets the house as a time capsule and the far more complex and uncanny stories Mr Straw’s House itself tantalisingly hints at. The way these sites are experienced depends very much on what audiences bring to them and how they engage with them.

How and why do these sites inspire imaginative investment and empathy in visitors? They facilitate encounters which allow for memories, fears and desires to form and resurface and in this talk I will attempt to reconnect them with the social and cultural contexts from which they originate.

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