Values and interventions: dynamic relationships in international doctrines

M. Lin*, A. Pereira Roders, Wessel de Jonge, Ivan Nevzgodin

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Purpose: Even if there is a wealth of research highlighting the key role of values and cultural significance for heritage management and, defining specific interventions on built heritage, seldom the relation to their leading values and values hierarchy have been researched. How do values and interventions relate? What values trigger most and least interventions on heritage? How do these values relate and characterize interventions? And what are the values hierarchy that make the interventions on built heritage differ? Design/methodology/approach: This paper conducts a systematic content analysis of 69 international doctrinal documents – mainly adopted by Council of Europe, UNESCO, and ICOMOS, during 1877 and 2021. The main aim is to reveal and compare the intervention concepts and their definitions, in relation to values. The intensity of the relationship between intervention concepts and values is determined based on the frequency of mentioned values per intervention. Findings: There were three key findings. First, historic, social, and aesthetical values were the most referenced values in international doctrinal documents. Second, while intervention concepts revealed similar definitions and shared common leading values, their secondary values and values hierarchy, e.g. aesthetical or social values, are the ones influencing the variation on their definitions. Third, certain values show contradictory roles in the same intervention concepts from different documents, e.g. political and age values. Originality/value: This paper explores a novel comparison between different interventions concepts and definitions, and the role of values. The results can contribute to support further research and practice on clarifying the identified differences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Built heritage
  • Cultural significance
  • International doctrine
  • Intervention
  • Intervention concepts
  • Values


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