Tomorrows Visitors Podcast Episode 2 with Alison Harvey, Programme Manager for The Heritage Council of Ireland
Heritage and Tourism
Have you ever wondered where does heritage sit within tourism or visa-versa? Have you ever thought about the natural and built assets within 5km of where you live? Very often visitors seem to be well-informed about the local environs.
Helping communities unravel the narrative of their own community
In this podcast, Alison talks about the importance of tourism being “future-proofed”.
“culture is the bedrock of the tourism experience.” Alison is helping communities unravel the stories and “narrative” within their own community. Her focus is on putting “placemaking” before “place marketing”. Alison claims we have all these layers of 100s and 100s of years of form and fabric that are in the towns of Ireland.
Alison talks about the Heritage Council’s recent initiatives. For example, The Heritage Action Plan for Tipperary Town.
This project focuses on the need to reuse, repurpose landmark and traditional buildings.
We then discuss the Collaborative Town Centre Heritage Programme. This is a 15 step process for towns to follow.
In 2020 the Heritage Council has supported two national initiatives:
• Record what is within 2k of where you live.
• A Children’s Art Competition.
We also discuss how to use new technologies to extend the reach new audiences. In particular, using apps to market places, people, and performances. Alison concludes with a final plea to support your local town centre.
The Heritage Council of Ireland has a diverse range of interesting publications. These are well worth checking out:
• Adopt a monument Research Toolkit
• Discover the Walled Towns of Ireland
•Gardening for Biodiversity
.Know your 5k
• Youtube: Behind the Scenes -looking at The Medieval Town Walls of Athlone, Co Westmeath
To contact Alison send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org