Cultural & Public

Cultural Heritage

Cultural Heritage is an expression of the ways of living developed by a community and passed on from generation to generation, including customs, practices, places, objects, artistic expressions and values. Cultural Heritage is often expressed as either Intangible or Tangible Cultural Heritage.

Our cultural heritage is important because it strongly influences our sense of identity, our loyalties, and our behaviour. Attention to cultural heritage leads to wider awareness of the complexity and cultural bases of archives, libraries, and museums. Specialized terms are explained. The role of time is discussed and the past, history, and heritage are distinguished. Cultural heritage has some specialized legal and economic consequences and is deeply associated with much of the conflict and destruction in the world.

As part of human activity Cultural Heritage produces tangible representations of the value systems, beliefs, traditions and lifestyles. As an essential part of culture as a whole, Cultural Heritage, contains these visible and tangible traces form antiquity to the recent past.

Cultural Heritage is a wide concept and is made up of the following:

  • Built Environment (Buildings, Townscapes, Archaeological remains)
  • Natural Environment (Rural landscapes, Coasts and shorelines, ¬†Agricultural heritage)
  • Artefacts (Books & Documents, Objects, Pictures)

Today, we consider the tangible heritage inextricably bound up with the intangible heritage. In conservation projects we aim to preserve both the tangible as well as the intangible heritage.

At CRL Restoration we believe it is important to maintain our cultural heritage in the form of buildings and structures by conserving and restoring them where-ever possible.

Public Heritage

Historic and listed public buildings and places all have intrinsic value in their own right as the fabric of human achievement in the arts, design and construction, essential to the spiritual and cultural wellbeing of the nation. Public Support Surveys have shown that protecting our public heritage, including twentieth century buildings, enjoys the support of the vast majority of the population.

There is a public acceptance that we have a duty to conserve the built heritage for current and future generations. Monies spent on the upkeep and investment in historic public places helps to support local businesses, industries and communities, preserve local distinctiveness and identity which all create a sense of place, and foster local pride. Historic public buildings are structures that are used by the public on a daily basis, or used by local voluntary groups and third sector organisations, such as building preservation trusts and development trusts, to provide facilities for local people to improve their skills and opportunities.

The conservation and refurbishment of historic public buildings is an intrinsically sustainable form of development, avoiding the use and waste of scarce resources associated with demolition and redevelopment, and helping to achieve sustainable growth.

Many of the facilities that we use on a daily basis are designated as listed and historic public heritage buildings and structures. These comprise of such facilities as libraries, town halls, underground and main line stations, theatre venues and our courts. That we can continue to use these facilities is a legacy to the work done by parliament in introducing the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947 and more latterly, by English Heritage.

Looking after our public heritage buildings and facilities is vitally important, from the cultural, historic and sustainability point of view. CRL Restoration strongly believe that these facilities should be preserved and continue to be used.