Whitechapel Bell Foundry (8)

I have been helpfully provided with the current UNESCO definition of the intangible cultural heritage:-

“Intangible cultural heritage means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage.  ICH is manifested inter alia in the following domains: (a) oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage; (b) performing arts; (c) social practices, rituals and festive events; (d) knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe; (e) traditional craftsmanship.”

By chance, Historic England have just announced how determined they are to be involved with the intangible cultural heritage in Connected Growth: A manual for places for places working to boost their digital, cultural and social connectivity, published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. So, let’s hope that they can now recognise that traditional craftsmanship and the rituals of bell making and the objects, spaces and artefacts which surround them are all better served by allowing the Whitechapel Bell Foundry to remain as a working foundry and not become just another posh watering hole.


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