Implications of Values-Based Approaches to Cultural Heritage Management and Conservation I

Publication date: Feb 17, 2014 04:16 PM

Start: Mar 05, 2014 06:00 PM
End: Mar 05, 2014 08:00 PM

Location: Room 612, Institute of Archaeology

UCL Institute of Archaeology

A series of workshops exploring heritage values and their implications for cultural heritage management and conservation will take place at the Institute, the first of which is scheduled for 5 March.

The purpose of the series is to introduce staff and postgraduates to the range of heritage values related research at UCL and to foster interdisciplinary discussion. Each session will consist of brief presentations followed by themed discussions.

Session 1: Value-Typologies and the Nature of Values

Welcome and Introduction
  • Use or Abuse? Appropriate Use as Defined by Cultural Capital
    L. Harald Fredheim (MSc Conservation for Archaeology and Museums)
    Heritage resources should be used in ways that preserve and enhance their significance. A framework for determining “appropriate use” will be proposed, which builds on published work in conservation theory addressing the concept of “acceptable damage”: if heritage resources are to be used, an element of risk, or damage, must be considered acceptable. It will, however, be suggested that the factor most commonly used to determine the acceptability of damage (time, or the rate of deterioration) should not be considered the most important. The proposed framework will highlight the need to understand heritage and how heritage values change through use. Crucially, heritage professionals will be challenged to make the consumption of heritage through use as well as the value judgements underpinning use decisions explicit.
  • Value Typologies in Urban Conservation: Is less more?
    Manal Khalaf (PhD Candidate, Centre for Sustainable Heritage)
    The academic discourse on values is considerably younger than that of conservation in general. However, conservation has always intrinsically involved some sort of valuing and appreciating something that provokes the desire to save it and protect it from being lost. Since the discourse on values is a complex one, efforts have always been made to frame it and simplify it for analytical purposes by proposing some sort of value typology. Value typologies provide frameworks that break down heritage values into several subcategories. Over the last century, several value typologies were proposed. The lists of values in value typologies have grown considerably over this period. This presentation questions the need and usefulness of such long and detailed lists of values in the context of urban conservation and discusses a potential alternative view.
Round Table Session

The discussion and workshop session will seek to identify what heritage values are and how the understanding of heritage values within the heritage sector compares with other proposed models. This will form the basis for a consideration of heritage typologies as well as the feasibility and desirability of attempting to create a general value typology applicable to all heritage resources.

Informal Research Presentations

There will be an opportunity to present ongoing research or research ideas in an informal setting in an effort to provide a forum for interdisciplinary feedback and facilitate the formation of interdisciplinary research projects. Please contact Harald Fredheim if you wish to discuss your research.

The series will focus on the nature of heritage values and the broader implications of values based approaches in cultural landscapes, urban environments, archaeological sites, historic buildings & monuments, museum collections and cultural artefacts. It will include perspectives from a broad range of disciplines such as, anthropology, archaeology, art history, human geography, town planning, architecture, cultural economics, international development, tourism, human rights, environmental sustainability, cultural politics and art.

It is hoped that this series will form the basis of future interdisciplinary collaborative research projects related to heritage values.

All UCL staff and students welcome.

For more information, contact Harald Fredheim (leif.fredheim.12@ucl.ac.uk)

Future workshops