The principles set out in the Charter are:
- Heritage places are worth keeping because they enrich our lives – by helping us understand the past, contributing to the richness of the present environment and because they will be of value to future generations.
- The cultural significance of a place is embodied in its:
> associated documents
> meaning to people through their use and associations with it
- The cultural significance of a place are best understood by a process of collecting and analysing information before making decisions
- Keeping accurate records about decisions and changes to the place helps in its care, management and interpretation.
The aims of the Burra Charter are to ensure that people involved in the conservation of heritage places:
- Make decisions on the future of a heritage place based on an understanding of the place, its cultural significance and its meaning to people
- Involve the communities associated with the place
- Care for the significant fabric and other attributes, taking into account of all aspects of significance
- Care for the place’s setting
- Find an appropriate use for it
- Provide security for the place
To download a copy of the Charter visit the Australia ICOMOS web site downloads page here [PDF 5 MB]
Click here to find out more about the history of the Burra Charter.