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Revista del Museo de Antropología

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CONFORTI, María Eugenia et al. Mining, cultural heritage and visiting public. Rev. Mus. Antropol. [online]. 2021, vol.14, n.2, pp.00-00. ISSN 1852-060X.

Abstract This paper presents an analysis on the visitors opinion survey of the exhibition “DNA Olavarría. Mining Roots”, linked to local mining history as a constituting part of its cultural heritage. It took place in 2018, in the city of Olavarría, Buenos Aires province, within the framework of the centenary celebrations of the first Portland cement dispatch in Argentina. A semi-structured surveys was carried out and more than 100 visitors were interviewed. The main results demonstrate a general ignorance of the public on the origins of local mining activity and a recognition of other aspects of the local identity as constitutive of its “DNA”. This study enabled a discussion based on four main axes: the interpretation of heritage from museography, the role that local government gave to researchers and specialists, the up-down activation of the local heritage repertoire, and the role of researchers as activators of processes to enhance the cultural heritage of Olavarría.

Keywords : Mining; Cultural heritage; Public exhibition; Valuations; Visitors.

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