Cultural heritage is the legacy of cultural resources
and intangible attributes of a group or society
that is inherited from past generations. Not all legacies of past generations are "heritage", rather heritage is a product of selection by society.
Cultural heritage includes tangible culture
(such as buildings, monuments
, landscapes, books, works of art, and artifacts), intangible culture
(such as folklore, traditions, language, and knowledge), and natural heritage
(including culturally significant landscapes, and biodiversity
[Ann Marie Sullivan, Cultural Heritage & New Media: A Future for the Past, 15 J. MARSHALL REV. INTELL. PROP. L. 604 (2016) https://repository.jmls.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1392&context=ripl]
The deliberate act of keeping cultural and heritage from the present for the future is known as preservation
(American English) or conservation
(British English), which cultural and historical ethnic museum
s and cultural center
s promote, though these terms may have more specific or technical meaning in the same contexts in the other dialect. Preserved heritage has become an anchor of the global tourism industry
, a major contributor economic value
to local communities.
Legal protection of cultural property comprises a number of international agreements and national laws, and these must also be implemented.
and Blue Shield International
deal with the protection of cultural heritage. This also applies to the integration of United Nations peacekeeping
[UNIFIL - Action plan to preserve heritage sites during conflict, 12 Apr 2019.](_blank)
Protection of cultural heritage
Protection of cultural heritage or protection of cultural goods means all measures to protect cultural property against damage, destruction, theft, embezzlement or other loss. The term “monument protection” is also used for immovable cultural property. This relates in particular to the prevention of robbery digs at archaeological sites, the looting or destruction of cultural sites and the theft of works of art from churches and museums all over the world and basically measures regarding the conservation and general access to our common cultural heritage. Legal protection of cultural heritage comprises a number of international agreements and national laws, and these must also be implemented.
There is a close partnership between Blue Shield International, the UN, United Nations peacekeeping, UNESCO and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
In many armies, such as the Austrian Armed Forces (Theresian Military Academy), there are extensive protection programs and cultural heritage protection is part of the training. Essentially, the armed forces and conflicting parties are generally prohibited from using cultural heritage, its immediate surroundings and the facilities intended for its protection for military (paramilitary) purposes, and in particular exposing cultural property to destruction or damage in the event of an armed conflict.
There have been examples of respect for the cultural assets of enemies since ancient times. The roots of today's legal situation for the explicit protection of cultural heritage also lie in some of Austria's ruler Maria Theresa (1717 - 1780) decided Regulations and the demands of the Congress of Vienna (1814/15) not to remove works of art from their place of origin in the war. The process continued at the end of the 19th century when, in 1874 (in Brussels), at least a draft international agreement on the laws and customs of war was agreed. 25 years later, in 1899, an international peace conference was held in the Netherlands on the initiative of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, with the aim of revising the declaration (which was never ratified) and adopting a convention. The Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907 also significantly advanced international law and laid down the principle of the immunity of cultural property. Three decades later, in 1935, the preamble to the Treaty on the Protection of Artistic and Scientific Institutions (Roerich Pact) was formulated. On the initiative of UNESCO, the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict was signed in 1954.
The protection of the cultural heritage should also preserve the particularly sensitive cultural memory, the growing cultural diversity and the economic basis of a state, a municipality or a region. Whereby there is also a connection between cultural user disruption or cultural heritage and the cause of flight. But only through the fundamental cooperation, including the military units and the planning staff, with the locals can the protection of world heritage sites, archaeological finds, exhibits and archaeological sites from destruction, looting and robbery be implemented sustainably. The founding president of Blue Shield International Karl von Habsburg summed it up with the words: “Without the local community and without the local participants, that would be completely impossible”.
The ethics and rationale of cultural preservation
Objects are a part of the study of human history because they provide a concrete basis for ideas, and can validate them. Their preservation demonstrates a recognition of the necessity of the past and of the things that tell its story. In ''The Past is a Foreign Country'', David Lowenthal observes that preserved objects also validate memories. While digital acquisition techniques can provide a technological solution that is able to acquire the shape and the appearance of artifacts with an unprecedented precision in human history, the actuality of the object, as opposed to a reproduction, draws people in and gives them a literal way of touching the past. This unfortunately poses a danger as places and things are damaged by the hands of tourists, the light required to display them, and other risks of making an object known and available. The reality of this risk reinforces the fact that all artifacts are in a constant state of chemical transformation, so that what is considered to be preserved is actually changing – it is never as it once was. Similarly changing is the value each generation may place on the past and on the artifacts that link it to the past.
Classical civilizations, and especially the Indian, have attributed supreme importance to the preservation of tradition. Its central idea was that social institutions, scientific knowledge and technological applications need to use a "heritage" as a "resource". Using contemporary language, we could say that ancient Indians considered, as social resources, both economic assets (like natural resources and their exploitation structure) and factors promoting social integration (like institutions for the preservation of knowledge and for the maintenance of civil order). Ethics considered that what had been inherited should not be consumed, but should be handed over, possibly enriched, to successive generations. This was a moral imperative for all, except in the final life stage of sannyasa.
What one generation considers "cultural heritage" may be rejected by the next generation, only to be revived by a subsequent generation.
Types of heritage
Cultural property includes the physical, or "tangible" cultural heritage, such as artworks. These are generally split into two groups of movable and immovable heritage. Immovable heritage includes building so (which themselves may include installed art such as organs, stained glass windows, and frescos), large industrial installations, residential projects or other historic places and monuments. Moveable heritage includes books, documents, moveable artworks, machines, clothing, and other artifacts, that are considered worthy of preservation for the future. These include objects significant to the archaeology, architecture, science or technology of a specified culture.
Aspects and disciplines of the preservation and conservation of tangible culture include:
* Archival science
* Conservation (cultural heritage)
** Art conservation
** Archaeological conservation
** Architectural conservation
** Film preservation
** Phonograph record preservation
* Digital preservation
"Intangible cultural heritage" consists of non-physical aspects of a particular culture, more often maintained by social customs during a specific period in history. The concept includes the ways and means of behavior in a society, and the often formal rules for operating in a particular cultural climate. These include social values and traditions, customs and practices, aesthetic and spiritual beliefs, artistic expression, language and other aspects of human activity. The significance of physical artifacts can be interpreted as an act against the backdrop of socioeconomic, political, ethnic, religious and philosophical values of a particular group of people. Naturally, intangible cultural heritage is more difficult to preserve than physical objects.
Aspects of the preservation and conservation of cultural intangibles include:
* oral history
* language preservation
"Natural heritage" is also an important part of a society's heritage, encompassing the countryside and natural environment, including flora and fauna, scientifically known as biodiversity, as well as geological elements (including mineralogical, geomorphological, paleontological, etc.), scientifically known as geodiversity. These kind of heritage sites often serve as an important component in a country's tourist industry, attracting many visitors from abroad as well as locally. Heritage can also include cultural landscapes (natural features that may have cultural attributes).
Aspects of the preservation and conservation of natural heritage include:
* Rare breeds conservation
* Heirloom plants
World heritage movement
Significant was the Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage that was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in 1972. As of 2011, there are 936 World Heritage Sites: 725 cultural, 183 natural, and 28 mixed properties, in 153 countries. Each of these sites is considered important to the international community.
The underwater cultural heritage is protected by the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. This convention is a legal instrument helping states parties to improve the protection of their underwater cultural heritage.
In addition, UNESCO has begun designating masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights sitting as part of the United Nations Economic and Social Council with article 15 of its Covenant had sought to instill the principles under which cultural heritage is protected as part of a basic human right.
Key international documents and bodies include:
* Athens Charter, 1931
* Roerich Pact, 1935
* Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, 1954, (with a definition of cultural heritage item adopted by some national law)
* Venice Charter, 1964
* Barcelona Charter, 2002 (regarding maritime vessel preservation)
*The Blue Shield, a network of committees of dedicated individuals across the world that is “''committed to the protection of the world’s cultural property, and is concerned with the protection of cultural and natural heritage, tangible and intangible, in the event of armed conflict, natural- or human-made disaster''.”
* International Institute for Conservation
National and regional heritage movements
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Much of heritage preservation work is done at the national, regional, or local levels of society. Various national and regional regimes include:
:Heritage Overlay in Victoria, Australia
:National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage
:Heritage conservation in Canada
:National Monuments Council (Chile)
:State Administration of Cultural Heritage
: Supreme Council of Antiquities
: Ministry of Culture (Estonia)
: National Heritage Board (Estonia)
:Ghana’s material cultural heritage
: Secretary of State for Culture, Arts and Sports
* Hong Kong
:Heritage conservation in Hong Kong
:Ministry of Culture (India)
:National Archives of India
:Archaeological Survey of India
:Anthropological Survey of India
:Culture of India
:National Museum Institute of the History of Art, Conservation and Museology
:List of World Heritage Sites in India
:Indian Heritage Cities Network, Mysore
:Heritage structures in Hyderabad
:Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization
:Cultural Properties of Japan
: Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments
:The National Heritage Act
:National Heritage Council of Namibia
:National Monuments Council
* New Zealand
:New Zealand Historic Places Trust
: Lahore Museum of Art and Cultural History
: Lok Virsa Heritage Museum
: National Museum of Pakistan
: Pakistan Monument and Heritage Museum
:National Commission for Culture and the Arts
:National Historical Commission of the Philippines
:National Ossoliński Institute
* South Africa
:South African Heritage Resources Agency
:Provincial heritage resources authorities
:Heritage Western Cape
:Northern Cape Heritage Resources Authority
:National Monuments Council
:Historical Monuments Commission
* United Kingdom
:Conservation in the United Kingdom
:English Heritage Archive
:Northern Ireland Environment Agency
:Historic Environment Scotland
:National Trust for Scotland
* United States of America
:National Register of Historic Places
:National Monuments of Zimbabwe
Issues in cultural heritage
Broad philosophical, technical, and political issues and dimensions of cultural heritage include:
* Cultural heritage repatriation
* Cultural heritage management
* Cultural property law
* Heritage tourism
* Virtual heritage
Management of cultural heritage
Issues in cultural heritage management include:
* Exhibition of cultural heritage objects
* Objects conservator
* Radiography of cultural objects
* Storage of cultural heritage objects
Value Creation through Digitisation
Through digitisation a range of values can be created relating to documentation, preservation, research, education, commercialisation, engagement, etc.
* Architectural Heritage
* Heritage film
* International Council on Monuments and Sites
* Values (heritage)
Digital methods in preservation
* Intellectual property issues in cultural heritage (IPinCH)
* Michael Falser. ''Cultural Heritage as Civilizing Mission. From Decay to Recovery''. Heidelberg, New York: Springer (2015), .
* Michael Falser, Monica Juneja (eds.). Archaeologizing' Heritage? Transcultural Entanglements between Local Social Practices and Global Virtual Realities''. Heidelberg, New York: Springer (2013), .
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* Barbara T. Hoffman, ''Art and cultural heritage: law, policy, and practice'', Cambridge University Press, 2006
* Leila A. Amineddoleh, "Protecting Cultural Heritage by Strictly Scrutinizing Museum Acquisitions," Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 24, No. 3. Available at: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2467100
* Paolo Davide Farah, Riccardo Tremolada, Desirability of Commodification of Intangible Cultural Heritage: The Unsatisfying Role of IPRs, in TRANSNATIONAL DISPUTE MANAGEMENT, Special Issues “The New Frontiers of Cultural Law: Intangible Heritage Disputes”, Volume 11, Issue 2, March 2014, Available at: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2472339
* Paolo Davide Farah, Riccardo Tremolada, Intellectual Property Rights, Human Rights and Intangible Cultural Heritage, Journal of Intellectual Property Law, Issue 2, Part I, June 2014, , Giuffrè, pp. 21–47. Available at: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2472388
* Nora Lafi
Building and Destroying Authenticity in Aleppo: Heritage between Conservation, Transformation, Destruction, and Re-Invention
in Christoph Bernhardt, Martin Sabrow, Achim Saupe. Gebaute Geschichte. Historische Authentizität im Stadtraum, Wallstein, pp.206-228, 2017
* Dallen J. Timothy and Gyan P. Nyaupane, ''Cultural heritage and tourism in the developing world : a regional perspective'', Taylor & Francis, 2009
* Peter Probst, "Osogbo and the Art of Heritage: Monuments, Deities, and Money", Indiana University Press, 2011
* Constantine Sandis (ed.), ''Cultural Heritage Ethics: Between Theory and Practice'', Open Book Publishers, 2014
* Zuckermann, Ghil'ad et al.
''ENGAGING - A Guide to Interacting Respectfully and Reciprocally with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and their Arts Practices and Intellectual Property''
Australian Government: Indigenous Culture Support, 2015
* Kocój E., Między mainstremem a undergroundem. Dziedzictwo regionalne w kulturze europejskiej – odkrywanie znaczeń, :Dziedzictwo kulturowe w regionach europejskich. Odkrywanie, ochrona i (re)interpretacja, Seria wydawnicza:, Studia nad dziedzictwem i pamięcią kulturową“, tom I, Kraków 2019, red. Ewa Kocój, Tomasz Kosiek, Joanna Szulborska-Łukaszewicz, pp. 10–35.
* Dziedzictwo kulturowe w regionach europejskich. Odkrywanie, ochrona i (re)interpretacja, Seria wydawnicza:, Studia nad dziedzictwem i pamięcią kulturową“, tom I, red. Ewa Kocój, Tomasz Kosiek, Joanna Szulborska-Łukaszewicz, Kraków 2019, p. 300.
Cultural heritage policy - history and resources
Getty Museum - list of major international cultural heritage documents, charters, and treaties
UNESCO World Heritage Centre
– Official website of the United Nations cultural heritage body
International Council on Monuments and Sites
International Council of Museums
International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property
Inventory of Heritage Organisations in Europe
(English, French, German and Dutch language)
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
Cultural routes and landscapes, a common heritage of Europe
(English and French language)
EPOCH – European Research Network on Excellence in Processing Open Cultural Heritage
Cultural heritage search engine
Peace Palace Library - Research Guide
National Council for Preservation Education
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