Furness Abbey: Custodian’s Hut

Furness Abbey, Custodian’s Hut © David Gill

The original custodian’s hut at Furness Abbey was located on the side of the road to the north of the abbey church. The present English Heritage guidebook by Stuart Harrison and Jason Wood (1998 [rev. reprint 2015]) notes: ‘The wooden shed just inside the northern perimeter fence was the custodian’s hut in Victorian times. Though small, it has its own fireplace and chimney.’

Guidebooks to the site were produced from 1845, reflecting the growing interest in the abbey as a tourist attraction. The abbey was cleared of vegetation in the 1880s making it more accessible to the public.

Furness Abbey was placed in State Guardianship in 1923.

The abbey itself was founded at the present site in 1127 by the Savignac Order. The original location was at Tulketh near Preston that was established in 1123. This order merged with the Cistercians in 1147, and Furness adopted the change shortly afterwards.


Furness Abbey © David Gill

Research Seminar – Finding critical management in heritage management?

I am presenting a seminar this afternoon (5ht March): Finding critical management in heritage management?
The term ‘heritage management’ has been accepted in professional parlance for over three decades, but there remains a lack of understanding of what that management actually does within the heritage sector or, indeed, whether the notion of management has been adequately conceptualised within the subject.
The talk will revisit ideas originally looked at in doctoral research almost 20 years ago, and present a preliminary characterisation of the intersecting academic literature, suggesting that critical engagement with management concepts remains undeveloped despite the growth of a canon of heritage management literature. There is still much to be explored at the nexus of organisational studies, management research and heritage, which is both a practical challenge and an academic opportunity.
UCS Waterfront Campus 4.30pm. All welcome, and with apologies on the lack of usual notification via the blog.

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