Principles, Theory & Philosophy of Conservation

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The Burra Charter: The Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance. Australia ICOMOS, 2013.


Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance. English Heritage, 2008

The primary aim of the Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance is to support the quality of decision-making, with the ultimate objective of creating a management regime for all aspects of the historic environment that is clear and transparent in its purpose and sustainable in its application.

(From personal reference resources of ISC20C member Sheridan Burke)


The Illustrated Burra Charter: Good Practices for Heritage Places. M. Walker & P. Marquis-Kyle, Australia ICOMOS Inc., 2004.

The Illustrated Burra Charter outlines the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter process for cultural heritage conservation. The Burra Charter is extensively applied and used throughout Australia, and has also been applied in countries of Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia.


ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration (SCTC)

The aim of SCTC is to explore the basis and framework of conservation, restoration and preservation theory and practice in the globalised world. With these developments in mind, the Committee hopes to achieve the ambitious goal of analysing recent problems and suggesting appropriate proposals, perhaps even answers.

This ISC has no website at present.


Guideline: Assessing cultural heritage significance – Using the cultural heritage criteria, Heritage Branch, QLD Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, 2013 [PDF size: 5.31MB]

This guideline provides a methodological framework for assessing cultural heritage significance of heritage places. It is the basis on which places are assessed for entry onto the Queensland Heritage Register and received an award for excellence from the Queensland Division of the Planning Institute of Australia Awards.

(From personal reference resources of AICOMOS member Fiona Gardiner)


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