International Cultural Site Management

Historic Preservation

Fall 2012

Pamela Jerome, instructor

Impetus for the preservation of cultural heritage has developed through the recognition of sites as non-renewable resources. Training is readily available in the specific tasks required to implement preservation, such as documentation and conservation. However, with the exception of sporadic seminars, conferences, short courses or on-the-job training, far less attention has been paid to the larger, more complex and comprehensive issues of management—the process by which the individual components of preservation are fit together and either succeed or fail. This course utilized the conservation process in the Burra Charter as the basis for a rational approach to managing cultural sites. The course had an international focus and reviewed case studies from both historic and archaeological sites. It was divided into three parts: the first focused on the compilation of background information and identification of the key interested parties; it then progressed to the analysis of the site significance and assessment of existing conditions and management constraints; and finally, the development of the management policy and strategies for its implementation were reviewed. The delicate balancing act between cultural enhancement and exploitation was explored, as well as the need to periodically monitor and reassess management policy.