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Wood dolls portraying the miners' parade
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Dressing up for the last shift

It is nothing new that the tangible legacy of mining is visibly present in the remotest parts of the Ore Mountains, in Germany. However, this important UNESCO World Heritage site also draws heavily on the intangibility of the traditions and commemorations associated with the physical spaces and the memory of the mining boom period.

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Exploring Present Day Heritage at the V&A

You enter a museum. Surrounding you are aged, priceless objects, protected by reflective glass walls. They are unique, rare ‘fossils’ of the past that must be saved from decay, so through them, we can learn about the history and people’s experiences of the past. But if we can learn about the past through objects, what...