Accepted Paper:

A most peculiar memorial: cultural heritage and fiction  

Author:

Melissa Beattie

Paper short abstract:

At Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay stands a memorial to a fictional character from the locally-shot television series Torchwood. This has led to any number of responses and brought up a number of issues about whose heritage it is and how it is represented.

Paper long abstract:

At Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay stands a memorial to a fictional character from the locally-shot television series Torchwood. This has led to any number of responses, from approval and acceptance by many, including the Mermaid Quay management and members of the local community, to innocent confusion by some over the character's fictional nature, and even to aggressive hostility from a few due to the character having been bisexual. This paper will examine these variant responses and discuss the attendant issues of whose heritage is being represented, under whose control is it displayed, and what can happen when the various opinions on the matter come into conflict.

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