“Her­itage” is no longer the prov­ince of aca­demics or gov­ern­ment

Country Life Every Week - - Athena -

highly prized, be­cause they look nei­ther retro nor valu­able and are there­fore both.’

Athena was star­tled to read re­cently that one of the gu­rus of hip­ster de­sign has told the New York Times that ‘we hate her­itage now it’s on ev­ery­thing’. For hip­sters, her­itage is nei­ther Ge­or­gian manor houses nor Vic­to­rian mills—their his­tory be­gins in the 1950s and helps alert us to the fact that, in the new ‘post truth’ ‘post ex­pert’ world in which ev­ery­thing is a mat­ter of opin­ion, ‘her­itage’ is no longer the prov­ince

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