and Sites (ICOMOS) (Moscow ), the Burra Charter was adopted by Australia ICOMOS (the Australian. National Committee of ICOMOS) on 19 August the Burra Charter was adopted by Australia. ICOMOS (the Australian National Committee of. ICOMOS) on 19 August at Burra, South. The Burra Charter, drawn up in , has made Australia a leading and influential voice in the field of cultural preservation. Luise Rellensmann.
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Blog Comment 24 Nov How do you go about preserving a place whose constructed elements are not bricks, concrete or steel, but a rich and intricate ancient fabric of dreams and stories? The Burra Charter, drawn up inhas made Australia a leading and influential voice in the field of cultural preservation.
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Crooked trees, rough rocks and waterholes are commonly places of worship in Aboriginal culture — in ways that are often incomprehensible to others, including their non-Indigenous fellow Australians. Sydney Opera House and Uluru or Ayers Rocktwo Australian icons, could be seen to symbolise concepts of heritage constructed in completely different ways by two different cultures: Against this context, the rigid principles of The Venice Charterfocused on the material authenticity of built heritage, could be seen to have limitations.
It is an idea that disregards the possibility that objects or places do not come into existence as monuments, but become monuments through human perception, by what people attribute to them. According to The Burra Charter, preservation aims at retaining the cultural significance of a place not limited to its aesthetic and historic values alone but embracing social and spiritual values as well.
Thus The Burra Charter puts the people and their perception at the centre, asking for whom do we need to preserve what? Its emphasis is on understanding places first and then developing ways to manage them and their changes into the future.
As is often misunderstood in the Western approach to conservation, it is not about keeping a place in a particular state, and preservation is seen as a process that needs to be cnarter afresh again and again. In the charted way The Burra Charter has itself been revised many times since coming into being inthe last time in The guidelines of the Charter have become increasingly influential over the years and have been applied outside Australia in parts of Africa, India, Vietnam and China amongst other places.
The Burra Charter and can be viewed and downloaded here.
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