Weather Heritage and Elemental Place Making
Professor Georgina Endfield, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Liverpool
Weather knowledge, experience and memory are necessarily situated. In as much as memory is spatially constituted and is attached to key ‘sites’, both physical and non-material, weather memory is also a function of- and shapes place. Place plays a central role in influencing weather histories and memories while weather provides a frame of reference and contributes to the making and meaning of place. Recent work has focused on the importance of place-specific experiences of weather in shaping popular understanding of people’s perception of their local climate. There is also a growing body of scholarship linking relational context and weather memory, and on popular experiences of ‘ordinary’ weather, and how this shapes individual and collective sense of place. In this paper, however, I wish to explore the relationship between weather, heritage and place-making. I will investigate how weather has helped to shape - and continues to shape - understandings and representations of local heritage and will consider how weather histories, issues of inheritance and legacies of weather knowledge, may have contributed to comprehension of place-specific cultural heritage, local identities and changing articulations of place over time. Finally, I will make the case for how an understanding of this ‘weather heritage’ may serve society and communities at a time of uncertain weather futures.
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