*Heritage Care

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Principles in Restoring Heritage Assets

from the EMACHS Conference in Derby, 2012:


The Victorians popularly saw restoration as a process of

regularising ,  by eradicating all signs of idiosyncrasies

of craftsmanship and age

Today, a building or site’s aesthetic needs to be



  • its appearance ;

  • its genius loci or special atmosphere;

  • its cultural and historic continuity


A heritage asset can give a psychological reassurance ,

with the evolution of its past allowing an idea of its

future potential


Amenity societies can act in loco parentis , or as

temporary parents, to hold on to a heritage asset until

its long-term future can be secured


A crumbling building or neglected site can be given a

quick, temporary use that keeps it alive , until a

sustainable solution is eventually found and turns it into

an economically viable amenity


Attitudes to heritage assets have changed over the

years, with greater architectural understanding

affecting what is now respected and valued


  •  Location is a crucial factor that needs to be

    referenced, to justify a heritage asset’s sustainability


  • Flexibility needs to be incorporated in any

    restoration, to enhance the property’s potential use

    and economic value