Negotiating a negative past in the reuse of historic prisons

Gibbeson, Carolyn and Gill, Sarah (2022) Negotiating a negative past in the reuse of historic prisons. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 15 (4). pp. 394-405. ISSN 1752-9638

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This paper investigates the reuse of historic former prisons and the effect of their past connotations on that redevelopment and adaptation. It examines, through stakeholder interviews at two former UK prison sites, Northallerton and Oxford, how their history is incorporated into the redevelopment. It explores how the different stakeholders of each site perceived the sites and the effect these perceptions had on their redevelopment. The research explored what happens when a historic site being redeveloped is one with a negative past and how this affects its adaptation and reuse. The paper examines how the history of these two prison sites was employed, treated and dealt with by the different stakeholders working in the redevelopment and successor uses. This approach considers the role of practitioners involved in negatively perceived heritage sites and what this means for heritage redevelopment more widely.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: heritage, historic prisons, negative past, perceptions, redevelopment
Subjects: K100 Architecture
K300 Landscape Design
K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2022 10:38
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 10:45

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