Protecting Heritage Places
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)
Finding out more about heritage
If little recorded information exists, you may need to become involved in one or more of the following basic types of heritage studies. It is wise to seek professional heritage advice, although information gathering is something everyone can be involved in.
- Documentary research.
- A field study such as a field survey or field recording.
- Collecting community knowledge by talking to individuals, doing oral histories, or holding community workshops.
- Thematic studies, where you make use of information about existing similar heritage places.
- Studies of Indigenous heritage places require special consideration.
A collection of information from site registers, field studies and other research can produce list of the known heritage places - called an inventory of heritage places - which is a particularly useful tool for many people working in a region.
Step 4 will give you more information on determining the significance of heritage values of the place.