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Documents on cultural heritage protection

 

 

Last updated 21 February 2001
New additions since January 2001 marked with [NEW]

Charters and other instruments
Links to cultural protection charters and other international agreements in the field of built heritage conservation.
[http://www.international.icomos.org/icomos/e_charte.htm]

Cultural protection treaties
Links to cultural protection treaties and other international agreements in the field of built heritage conservation.
[http://www.tufts.edu/departments/fletcher/multi/cultural.html]

Guidelines for education and training
Guidelines for education and training in the conservation of monuments, ensembles and sites. Sri Lanka (1993)
[http://www.icomos.org/docs/guidelines_for_education.html]

The Venice Charter
International Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites. IInd International Congress of Architects and Technicians of Historic Monuments. Venice (1964)
[http://www.icomos.org/venice_charter.html or
http://www.international.icomos.org/icomos/e_venice.htm]

The Athens Charter
The Athens Charter for the Restoration of Historic Monuments. Adopted at the First International Congress of Architects and Technicians of Historic Monuments. Athens (1931)
[http://www.icomos.org/athens_charter.html]

The Burra Charter
The Australia ICOMOS Charter for the Conservation of Places of Cultural Significance (the Burra Charter). Australia (1981)
[http://www.icomos.org/docs/burra_charter.html]

European Charter of the Architectural Heritage
Adopted by the Council of Europe (1975)
[http://www.icomos.org/docs/euroch_e.html]

Declaration of Amsterdam
Congress on the European Architectural Heritage (1975)
[http://www.icomos.org/docs/amsterdam.html]

Protection of world heritage
Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972)
[http://www.unesco.org/whc/world_he.html]

Protection of cultural property
European Convention on Offences Relating to Cultural Property (1985)
[http://www.tufts.edu/departments/fletcher/multi/texts/BH863.txt]

Conservation of places of cultural heritage value
ICOMOS New Zealand Charter for the Conservation of Places of Cultural Heritage Value. New Zealand (1992)
[http://www.icomos.org/docs/nz_92charter.html]

Preservation of Cultural Property Endangered by Public or Private Works
UNESCO recommendations (1968)
[http://www.unesco.org/general/eng/legal/cltheritage/works68.html]

Conservation of historic towns
The ICOMOS Charter for the Conservation of Historic Towns and Urban Areas. Washington (1987)
[http://www.international.icomos.org/icomos/e_towns.htm]

Conservation of smaller historic towns
Resolutions of the International Symposium on the Conservation of Smaller Historic Towns, at the 4th ICOMOS General Assembly. (1975)
[http://www.icomos.org/docs/small_towns.html]

Safeguarding and Contemporary Role of Historic Areas
UNESCO recommendations (1976)
[http://www.unesco.org/general/eng/legal/cltheritage/areas76.html]

Preservation and Revitalization of Historic Centers
First Brazilian seminar about the preservation and revitalization of historic centers. (1987)
[http://www.icomos.org/docs/itaipava.html]

Protection, at National Level, of the Cultural and Natural Heritage
UNESCO recommendations (1972)
[http://www.unesco.org/general/eng/legal/cltheritage/national72.html]

Declaration of Rome
Declaration of Rome regarding actions for the integrated conservation of the national cultural heritage. (1983)
[http://www.icomos.org/docs/rome.html]

Introduction of Contemporary Architecture into Ancient Groups of Buildings
Resolutions of the symposium on the introduction of contemporary architecture into ancient groups of buildings, at the 3rd ICOMOS General Assembly. Budapest (1972)
[http://www.icomos.org/docs/contemporary_architecture.html]

Safeguarding of the Beauty and Character of Landscapes and Sites
UNESCO recommendations (1962)
[http://www.unesco.org/general/eng/legal/cltheritage/landscapes62.html]

Cultural tourism
Charter of Cultural Tourism. Brussels (1976)
[http://www.international.icomos.org/icomos/e_touris.htm]

The Norms Of Quito
Final Report of the Meeting on the Preservation and Utilization of Monuments and Sites of Artistic and Historical Value. Quito, Ecuador (1967)
[http://www.icomos.org/docs/quito67.html]

The Nara Document on Authenticity
Nara Conference on Authenticity in Relation to the World Heritage Convention. Nara, Japan. (1994)
[http://www.international.icomos.org/icomos/nara.htm]

The Declaration Of San Antonio
InterAmerican Symposium on Authenticity in the Conservation and Management of the Cultural Heritage. (1996)
[http://www.icomos.org/docs/san_antonio.html]

Appleton Charter
Appleton Charter for the Protection and Enhancement of the Built Environment. (1983)
[http://www.icomos.org/canada/appleton_charter.html]

Deschambault Declaration
Charter for the preservation of Quebec's heritage. (1982)
[http://www.icomos.org/docs/desch_anglais.html]

Preservation Charter for the Historic Towns and Areas of the United States of America
A Preservation Charter for the Historic Towns and Areas of the United States of America. (1992)
[http://www.icomos.org/usicomos/us_towns_charter.html]

Protecting Local Heritage Places [NEW]
From the site: "A guide for communities is a 120-page, step-by-step guide to help communities conserve their local heritage places. It contains the best of what is currently known about looking after Australia's special heritage places. Protecting Local Heritage Places is based on the framework provided in Australia's ... nationally accepted voluntary standards to guide decision-making about natural and cultural heritage places in Australia."
[http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/infores/publications/localheritage/ahc-2.html]

Conservation of Historic Stone Buildings and Monuments [NEW]
From the site: "Report of the Committee on Conservation of Historic Stone Buildings and Monuments, National Materials Advisory Board, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, National Research Council. National Academy Press. Washington, D.C. 1982. The work represented by this document grew out of a meeting of specialists concerned with the preservation of stone monuments held at the U.S. National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on September 28, 1978. The meeting was initiated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the primary U.S. agency participating in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (NATO-CCMS); it was organized by the Smithsonian Institution. The CCMS coordinator had proposed a pilot study, "The Impact of Pollution on Cultural Artifacts." However, the consensus of those assembled was that it would be both timely and essential to limit the study to the preservation of stone, because problems with deterioration of stone were a growing concern in virtually all NATO nations."
[http://www.ul.cs.cmu.edu/webRoot/Books/National_Academy_Press_Books/conservation/0000001.htm]

Archaeological heritage management
ICOMOS Charter for the Protection and Management of the Archaeological Heritage (1990)
[http://www.icomos.org/archaeological_charter.html or
http://www.international.icomos.org/icomos/e_archae.htm]

Protection of archaeological heritage
European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (Revised). La Valette (1992)
[http://www.tufts.edu/departments/fletcher/multi/www/bh997.html]

International Principles Applicable to Archaeological Excavations
UNESCO recommendations (1956)
[http://www.unesco.org/general/eng/legal/cltheritage/delhi56.html]

Underwater Cultural Heritage
Charter on the Protection and Management of Underwater Cultural Heritage (1996)
[http://www.international.icomos.org/icomos/under_e.htm]

Declaration of Dresden
Reconstruction of monuments destroyed by war. Dresden (1982)
[http://www.icomos.org/docs/dresden.html]

The Hague Convention (1954)
Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (1954)
[http://www.icomos.org/hague/hague.convention.html
or http://www.unesco.org/general/eng/legal/cltheritage/hague/index.html]

The Hague Convention (1999)
Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (1999)
[http://www.unesco.org/general/eng/legal/cltheritage/hague/hague2/protocol2.html]

 

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