This eight-week course aims at serving a wide range of conservation practitioners and decision-makers by placing technical issues within the broader conservation context, in order to link them to planning and management concerns. At the conclusion of the course, participants will
- improve their understanding of critical processes in conservation so as to apply them at the macro and micro levels;
- improve their strategic planning skills relevant to heritage management;
- expand their awareness, knowledge, and understanding of current principles and practices in the conservation of built heritage;
- and enhance their skills, judgments, and experience.
The first part of the course consists of an overview of the current practices of defining heritage, and the evolution of different concepts and key approaches currently used in built heritage conservation. The second part of the course focuses on planning and management issues, and the third part focuses more closely on technical issues including documentation, condition assessments, and various treatments, plus interpretation and public access. The final week of the course is be a special one-week seminar looking at World Heritage properties and sustainable development.