10 steps to help protect the natural and cultural significance of places
Australian Heritage Commission, 2000
Step 3: What do you need to know? (continued)
What goes into a heritage study?
The outcomes of any heritage investigation should be presented in a heritage study report. Your heritage study will be the basis of any funding submission, as well as being a resource document for any plan you develop for your heritage place.
While reports can vary considerably, they are usually divided into four main sections:
- description of the heritage place (Step 1)
- the significance of the heritage place (Step 4)
- results and recommendations
- the goal of the study
- the boundaries of the heritage study area
- who prepared the study.
- the study area environment and history
- the study methods used (such as community knowledge), and how much of the study area was covered by each method
- what community consultation was undertaken
- whether there are known gaps in the information
- where the contributing information was found
- identify the places that have significance, and
- the criteria used to assess significance, and
- statement of the significance of the place
- More information about significance is further discussed in Step 4
Results and recommendations:
- a succinct summary of the findings
- what steps are proposed to protect heritage places
Having written your report, the last step is to decide how to use it.
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