The Interpretation of World Heritage refers to a full range of potential activities to increase public awareness and understanding of cultural heritage.
The Presentation of World Heritage refers to well-designed communication of interpretive content on cultural heritage through the arrangement of interpretive information, people’s approach, or an interpretive facility structure.
ICOMOS, 2008, "International Charter for the Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites"
"International Charter for the Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites"
- ICOMOS, 2008 -
Nature of Heritage
Heritage has a variety of values because, in different contexts, stakeholders can grant different values to the same heritage
OUV of World Heritage
A property must have “Outstanding Universal Value” (OUV) to be inscribed on the World Heritage List. This is a value that can be deemed universal and is selected by the nominating country during the inscription process. However, this may mislead the general public to think that the OUV is the only value of heritage.
Conflict over Heritage
Stakeholders' different interpretations of World Heritage might trigger conflicts over its values and meanings.
Inclusive Heritage Interpretation
It is necessary to identify and explain heritage's various meanings and values for the comprehensive understanding and judgment of its value.
Heritage can hold multiple values because a single property can have different values depending on its context, and each group of stakeholders grants it different values. For a property to be on the World Heritage List, it must be recognized for its “Outstanding Universal Value”, which may not include every value it has.
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