Preservation > Value

Goal

Further establish cultural value, which includes the tangible and intangible attributes of material heritage based on criteria established by its historical, aesthetic, cultural, community, and economic worth — as defined collectively by a multidisciplinary term, in concert with community stakeholders and shareholders.

Enhance cultural value as a important, intangible assets of the Society through collection stewardship and its interpretation to the greater public.

Definition

"Many values may be associated with heritage resources. Those that are deemed significant will provide justification for its protection and conservation. Such values range from historical to commercial, and a single resource may possess conflicting values that make management decisions sometimes especially difficult. Value judgments may also change over time. Two groups of values can be taken into consideration:

a) cultural values;
b) contemporary economic (use) values.

The presence or absence of these values will affect the safeguarding and preservation of a heritage resource or, in other instances, its neglect and destruction."

Jokilehto, Dr. Jukka. Management and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites. [Download as a document file archived at CultureLink, APRCCN (Asia-Pacific Regional Centre of the Culturelink Network).]

"The amendments to the Burra Charter in 1999 overtly recognize that heritage value and significance may be embodied in the uses, meanings and associations of a place, in addition to the physical fabric of a place or structure. This represents a significant shift towards integrating the tangible and intangible heritage."

Education and Training Needs for the Conservation and Protection of Cultural Heritage: is it a case of 'one size fits all'?, Workshop 2 Key Note Presentation by May Cassar, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Heritage, University College London, Cultural Heritage Research: a pan-European Challenge, Cracow, 16-18 May 2002.

"Values and authenticity

9. Conservation of cultural heritage in all its forms and historical periods is rooted in the values attributed to the heritage. Our ability to understand these values depends, in part, on the degree to which information sources about these values may be understood as credible or truthful. Knowledge and understanding of these sources of information, in relation to original and subsequent characteristics of the cultural heritage, and their meaning, is a requisite basis for assessing all aspects of authenticity."

Nara Document on Authenticity, ICOMOS, Nara, Japan, 1994

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