A Note From the Director
Preserving What Matters: Value-Led Planning for Cultural Heritage Sites
Looking after a heritage site would seem to be pretty straightforward,
but in practice it is more complicated than it appears. These sites
are not simply visitor attractions, there to provide a reasonable
profit. What separates the management of heritage sites from other
forms of property management is that its fundamental purpose should
be to preserve the values ascribed to a sitebe they aesthetic
or historical or social. Protecting these values is what justifies
a site's management in the first place.
Building Consensus, Creating a Vision: A Discussion about Site Management Planning
Discussion about Site Management Planning
To provide some insight into current challenges in site management
planning, we asked Christina Cameron, director general of National
Historic Sites at Parks Canada, and Carolina Castellanos, an archaeological
conservator who has worked closely with Mexico's Instituto Nacional
de Antropología e Historia, as well as others, to share their
perspectives with us.
Heritage Management in Africa
The problem with many efforts to preserve and present cultural heritage in Africa seems to emanate from a failure to understand fully the cultural significance of the heritage and its value to local communities. A strategy to develop the heritage industry in Africa should reconcile the needs of the heritage and its environment with those of the general public. The future of conservation and heritage management in most African countries will depend on how much this management is viewed as enhancing the life and development of the area.
The Latin American Consortium
Last October, the Latin American Consortiuma network of preventive
conservation educators that serves as a framework for various cooperative
initiativesmarked its fourth anniversary. With this milestone,
the Consortium, organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, began
an important new phase in its development, as the GCI passed the
management of the project over to the Graduate Studies Program in
Visual Arts of the School of Fine Arts at Brazil's Federal University
of Minas Gerais.
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