Cultural heritage management: A possible role for charters and principles in Asia

Ken Taylor*

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A number of countries now have charters or principles to underpin approaches to conserving and managing cultural heritage resources. Notably, there is growing interest in their adoption in the Asia-Pacific region. Paralleling this is the development of university courses in heritage management and tourism in the region. Charters help to define the critical notion of significance which must try to embrace both the tangible and the intangible. Critical to the existence of charters and conventions is the process of establishing and assessing values. In Asia, integrity of heritage places and their continuing authenticity are fundamental concerns, particularly as the notion of heritage embraces traditions, and everyday places. This paper sets out to review current interest in cultural heritage and the various charters we use to assess significance and to offer comment on them with particular reference to heritage management in Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-433
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Heritage Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


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