Cultural Heritage Management
MRA advocates the use of internationally adopted standards in recording, understanding and managing cultural heritage. This can be a simple Statement of Significance for a building, historic area or collection, or it could be an extremely detailed suite of documents and drawings, policies and maintenance manuals formally recognised by all stakeholders in a World Heritage Site. The common principles are developed using similar methodology, only the scale and complexity vary.
In both teaching and practice, cultural heritage management is about identifying the distinctiveness of place. MRA has devised courses and case studies that demonstrate how to analyse places in terms of their character and then develop effective management tools to preserve and enhance that distinctiveness. Understanding the relationships between buildings and their setting, and the inter-relationships between buildings and spaces in urban areas, both require care in conservation of historic cultural assets and in the design of new interventions. The process of learning about significance and how to express it is a valuable and enjoyable experience for community groups, students and professionals.
MRA works with the Gyula Forster National Centre for Cultural Heritage Management, ICOMOS, Europa Nostra and other national and international organisations.