Interpretation of sites of memory

(2018) Interpretation of sites of memory. Technical Report. UNESCO, Paris, 48p. [Book]

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Study commissioned by the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO and funded by the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Korea. The memorial aspect of heritage places has long existed but in recent decades it has come to be recognised more explicitly through recognition of a category of Sites of Memory. The recognition of Sites of Conscience, with their future-looking focus on the healing of past injuries, is even more recent. While some heritage places are primarily significant because of their memorial aspects, there are many others, whose primary significance is in other respects, but nonetheless have memorial aspects which need to be taken into account in their interpretation. Both Sites of Memory and Sites of Conscience and, indeed, any site with memorial aspects can be contentious because of conflicting views among those concerned with them, and require careful interpretation of such differing views. This interpretation needs to be inclusive and address all the sensibilities associated with a particular place, as is the case for designation and overall management of such places. This report tries to propose recommendations, elements of methodology and examples of good pratctices to the State Parties considering the nominations (or the management of already inscribed) world heritage properties.

Item Type: Book (Technical Report)
Luxen, Jean-Louis
Corporate Authors: International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
Languages: English
Keywords: Interpretation; world heritage sites; memory; war damage; armed conflicts; management of cultural heritage; theory of conservation; philosophy of conservation; values; Cultural significance; cultural identity; case studies
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 09. Philosophy of conservation
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 12. Theory of conservation
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 02. Theory and doctrinal texts
Institutions & Partners: UNESCO WHC
Number of Pages: 48
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2019 16:10
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2019 16:10
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