‘Managing Built Heritage: The Role of Cultural Significance’

‘Managing Built Heritage: The Role of Cultural Significance’, Derek Worthing and Stephen Bond, Blackwell Publishing, London, 2008, 215 pp., ISBN 978 1 4051 1978 8

Stephen Bond co-authored ‘Managing Built Heritage’ with Derek Worthing of the University of the West of England, having collaborated on a number of papers and articles previously. It was published by Blackwells, now part of Wiley, in 2008 and has since sold strongly both in the UK and internationally.

‘Managing Built Heritage’ examines management of the built cultural heritage through the use of the concept of cultural significance (or heritage values). It considers how and why cultural significance is assessed and how it can be used as an effective focus and driver for management strategies and processes.

Effective management of the built cultural heritage requires a clear understanding of what makes a place significant (and how that significance might be vulnerable) but the book also emphasises that this understanding of cultural significance must inform all activities in order to ensure that what is important about the place is protected and enhanced.

The book was written in the midst of much fundamental rethinking, both nationally and internationally, on approaches to the conservation of our built cultural heritage. ‘Managing Built Heritage’ is analytical and reflective, but also draws on real life examples to illustrate particular issues, looking at current approaches and drawing out best practice.
The book has had many positive reviews, including the following:

“The book is clear and logical in its organisation, well illustrated both with photographs and case study examples… A handy desk reference for the busy professional.” (Journal of Architectural Conservation, November 2008)

“It is a highly informative text and, therefore, must be invaluable to those who are part of this very specialised area of the construction industry/ academia.” (Building Engineer)

“Set out in a clear print, with good use of colour, visual illustrations and abundant real–life examples and cases (clearly set out in highlighted boxes), this volume would definitely make a great supplementary, or even core text, for students of built heritage conservation . While the specialists would appreciate the new evaluation approach presented by the authors, I believe the book would be a useful read for all built environment professionals. The evaluation approach is applicable to all contemporary structures and this book is certainly worth consideration for facilities management professionals.” (Facilities)

‘Managing Built Heritage: The Role of Cultural Significance’ can be purchased from Wiley’s website.