Look at the pyramid below presenting the mechanism of creating memories that may become cultural heritage.
It is interesting to underline that the individual memories (and the individual forgetfulness) are organised and constructed by ourselves within the framework of a continuous process.
This, at the same time as this process takes place on a societal level – that influences how the society wants to be remembered by the future – is creating some problematic dimensions. This is not least since the society’s memories and the writing of its history are intimately connected and intertwined with present political and ideological decisions and dimensions.
This means, amongst others, that the past is creating and neglecting identities and that cultural heritage can be viewed as a society’s common collective (material and immaterial) identity-creating memory