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The Stave Church as a medium for the intangible cultural heritage: How to implement and safeguard the traditional handcraft through architectural conservation
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Art History.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis examines the Stave Church Preservation Programme initiated by the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage and its inclusion of the intangible cultural heritage of the traditional handcraft during conservation. Based on the case study of the Nore Stave Church, this thesis further highlights the various conservation trends manifested in the stave churches over time and the following interventions consequences on the constructions. Changing from pragmatic to principled, the interventions are today visible as annual rings on the monument. The most prominent annual ring of the current conservation programme is however the inclusion of the traditional handcraft and the craftsman. By illuminating the complexity of restoring a stave church and the conflict in safeguarding a cultural heritage where both materiality and intangibility are central, this thesis aim to contribute to a more nuanced view of the stave church.

Through ethnographic interviews, this thesis further investigates the craftsmen’s ambivalent attitude towards the two leading models of safeguarding the traditional handcraft, that of academising the handcraft and implementing the master-apprentice model. By acknowledging the materiality as a source of knowledge, the stave church can serve as an arena for interdisciplinary discussions, broadened research and deepened understanding. This thesis propose that by focus attention to the three dimension of the cultural heritage, the materiality of the stave church, the intangible traditional skills and the craftsman, a more holistic understanding of the historic monument and its construction methods will be obtained.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
Intangible Cultural Heritage, Stave Church, Architecture, Traditional Handcraft, Conservation, Authentic Prosessual Reconstruction
Keyword [sv]
Immateriellt kulturarv, Stavkyrka, Arkitektur, Traditionellt hantverk, Konservering, Autentisk procedur rekonstruktion
Keyword [no]
Immateriell kulturarv, Stavkirke, Arkitektur, Tradisjonelt håndverk, Konservering, Autentisk prosessuell rekonstruksjon
National Category
Art History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-105991OAI: diva2:734050
Available from: 2015-03-20 Created: 2014-07-14 Last updated: 2015-03-20Bibliographically approved

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