Significance by Decree

Monday, April 18, 2016

Further to Director Veronica Bullock's visit to FARO (Flemish Interface Centre for Cultural Heritage) in September 2015, Prof. Marc Jacobs reports that a Policy / Concept Note to the Flemish Government in March 2016 has been accepted.

Click here to read our 'Customising Significance' news item of 14 October 2015 about Veronica's talks with Flemish cultural heritage colleagues (scroll down).

Click here to access the Policy Concept Note to the Flemish Government (in Flemish Dutch).

Prof. Jacobs explains that 'values and significance are in the Concept Note'. 'On the one hand it influenced the operational definition of heritage, on p. 7:

'In deze Conceptnota omschrijven we cultureel erfgoed als 'roerende en immateriële culturele uitingen die gemeenschappelijke betekenissen en waarden krijgen binnen een actueel referentiekader en die worden doorgegeven over generaties heen.'

Rough Translation:

''Cultural heritage are movable and intangible cultural expressions that get shared meanings ('significances') and values within a contemporary framework and that are passed on from generation to generation.

'Betekenis' and 'waarde' are two ways to translate significance / value in Flemish Dutch. So this is new in the definition that will be used by policymakers. The explanation is to be found on pp. 7-8 and it comes near what you and Tessa explained.' [1]

Prof. Jacobs continues:

'...on p. 47...translated into the first major policy goal: to try and introduce a 'valuation/significance' framework and practice in the next years/decade. It refers to a working group FARO has started up to develop this.'

The Policy Concept Note is now being transformed into the new Flemish Government Heritage Decree (Law) which will go to Parliament for consideration in the Summer.

We'll keep you posted on how this goes!

[1] Along with Veronica, Tessa Luger of the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency RCE, also gave a presentation to Flemish cultural heritage experts and policymakers in September 2015.

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