How do we define cultural built heritage? What is culture and what is heritage? Where does the idea of conservation come from and how is it practically applied to current heritage management systems? Heritage studies is yet to have a debate about its theorisation at the global level. Many of the core ideas that shape the field are rooted in the contexts of Europe and the USA and geographically rolled out in normative ways. We need to embark on pluralising how heritage is studied and theoretically framed, in ways that better address the heterogeneous nature of heritage for both the West and the non-West. The themes of modernity, cities and international cultural policy provide evidence of why we need to better position the academic study of heritage in relation to the rapid geo-political and geo-cultural shifts now taking place (Winter, 2014). Tracing the historical roots, or origins of what we understand today as heritage and the associated field of conservation is fraught with problems.Read More
Christine Covington of Corrs, Chambers, Westgarth Lawyers writes (7 March 2018) about proposed new changes to the EP&A Act in NSW. She writes that the NSW Government has recently indicated that changes to the NSW planning process involving the assessment of local character are forthcoming, with the Department of Planning and Environment (Department) having released a new planning circular entitled ‘Stepping up planning and designing for better places: respecting and enhancing local character’ (Circular).Read More
Heritage can basically be anything and exist anywhere. It can also be personal and collective as well as local and global.
Fredholm (2017) writes that heritage planning can be anything but a simple and straight-forward activity. As heritage is inherently dissonant, poor planning and management can lead to conflict. A burgeoning public interest in the ways the past is presented and represented naturally includes certain modes of heritage governance which have in turn generated new challenges to traditional planning systems.Read More
In accordance with the Draft Guidelines for Education and Training – Practical Instructions for Practitioners, the ICOMOS International Training Committee put forward in October 2012, a number of professional attributes that heritage practitioners need to have. Fig. 1 – Heritage houses in Woolloomooloo, NSW – Australia Education and training for conservation should produce conservation practitioners…Read More
Avoiding Heritage Loss in Sydney As one of the oldest settlements in Australia, and the site of the first western settlement in Australia, Sydney is also one of Australia’s most vibrant sources of history and heritage. With so many beautiful and historically important buildings and sites in the city, it’s important that we do as…Read More
According to Historic England, restoration to a significant place should normally be acceptable if; the heritage values of the elements that would be restored decisively outweigh the values of those that would be lostRead More