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Definition: Conservation

1) “The process of maintaining and managing change to a heritage asset in a way that sustains and where appropriate enhances its significance.”

Annex 2: Glossary, National Planning Policy Framework, Department for Communities and Local Government 2012

2) “The process of managing change to a significant place in its setting in ways that will best sustain its heritage values, while recognising opportunities to reveal or reinforce those values for present and future generations.”

p71, Conservation Principles, English Heritage, 2008

3) “All operations designed to understand a property, know its history and meaning, ensure its material safeguard and, if required, its restoration and enhancement.”

The Nara Document on Authenticity (ICOMOS 1994)

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