ICOM Finland have published a translation of 'Analysing Significance', by Leena Paaskoski, Heikki Häyhä and Sari Jantunena: a systematic approach for analysing the significance of a chosen object.
Values vary heavily depending on culture, person-al history, situation and so on. They also change and can be used selectively. "These are my values. If you don't like them, I have others," joked Groucho Marx. Significance, too, is something that can take a range of different forms depending on the circumstances. What is significant to somebody might look completely different to others. Much depends also on the chosen point of view. Cultural heritage is everywhere, we are surrounded by it every day, and chosen bits are canonized and maintained as sites and museum collections. And it's not just physical things, as a lot of cultural heritage is intangible. A great variety of significance can be found within cultural heritage, and this is putting it mildly. What is significant in a certain object, collection, place, shipwreck or other? How should we deal with all those possible aspects that need to be highlighted? This publication presents one method, drawn from international examples, that can be used to analyse significance.
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