Principle 1

Taking a values-based approach: understanding the values of the place or object

Heritage values distinguish heritage places and objects. Heritage values are dynamic and change over time.

Policy and actions to manage the impacts of climate change on heritage places and objects should take a values-based approach. This approach should consider:

  • tangible and intangible heritage values
  • natural values
  • community values
  • economic values.

Understanding how heritage values are reflected in fabric is a prerequisite for both:

  • assessing climate risks to heritage places and objects
  • developing responses to those risks.

Practical tips for owners and managers

  • Identify the heritage values of your place or object:
    • tangible heritage values, e.g. built and landscape elements and moveable and collection items
    • intangible heritage values, e.g. how the place/object is used culturally and socially, and its links to significant people or events
  • Consider how materials and values of these significant items and aspects may be sensitive to climate change.
  • Remember that values change over time and old assessments may need updating.