This article is concerned with the currently common deployment, under the rubric of cultural planning, of place-making and local cultural heritage awareness projects. Such exercises sometimes seek to accommodate the impacts of de-industrialisation and urban transformation by identifying and marking places of contemporary and historical significance, and interpreting them and their broader connections to people and to place. The article critically reflects upon a project conducted by the authors that developed two interpretive heritage walks in a large, working-class suburb in Australia. This interpretive exercise afforded a valuable opportunity to investigate the contours of the place-making process and its determinants. By tracing the development of the walks and their accompanying interpretive brochures, the article identifies and discusses a number of emergent key issues relating to social class, gender and ethnicity. In particular, it considers the interpretive opportunities and constraints presented by contracted cultural heritage research and its applications.
International Journal of Heritage Studies Vol. 10, Issue 5, p. 457-473