Monday, 2 June 2014

Lecturer presents at showpiece cultural conference

UCLan Tourism's Dr David Jarratt was an invited speaker at the prestigious Cultural Offers at Seaside Towns (COaST) Conference 2014.

The event, staged at the new Turner Contemporary Art Gallery in Margate, brought together a range of key researchers and presenters for a stimulating discussion of the role of culture in coastal towns.

COaST is a research and knowledge exchange group based at Canterbury Christ Church University, bringing together a range of researchers and stakeholders who have a shared interest in the cultural dynamics of the seaside towns.

The group consider culture and creativity in the widest sense, including gentrification, architecture & design, heritage, tourism, the visual arts, literature, performance, festivals & events and food and drink.

Dr Jarratt looked at sense of place and built heritage using Morecambe as a case study. There are plans to publish a selection of papers from the conference, including Dr Jarratt's, as a book.

It is hoped the conference will further strengthen the increasing value placed upon seaside heritage and related tourism regeneration. The themes of Dr Jarratt's paper and the conference will be reflected in the ongoing research informed teaching at UCLan.

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