Burra Charter


The Burra Charter defines the basic principles and procedures to be followed in the conservation of Australian heritage places. In 1979, the Australia ICOMOS Charter for the Conservation of Places of Cultural Significance was adopted at a meeting of Australia ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) at the historic mining town of Burra, South Australia. It was given the short title of The Burra Charter. The Charter accepted the philosophy and concepts of the ICOMOS Venice Charter, but wrote them in a form which would be practical and useful in Australia. The Charter is periodically revised and updated, and the 2004 publication The Illustrated Burra Charter elaborates and explains the principles of the 1999 version in an easy to understand form. In 2013 the Charter was again revised and updated, and is available online here. The Burra Charter has been adopted by the Australian Heritage Council (December 2004), the Heritage Council of New South Wales (December 2004), the Queensland Heritage Council (January 2005) and the Heritage Council of Victoria (July 2010). It is also recommended by the Heritage Council of Western Australia and the Tasmanian Heritage Council.The Burra Charter is especially useful when places with a high level of significance are proposed to be conserved or changed in some way, such as when restoring a house museum or changing the use of an historic public building. It is not so useful for everyday cases such as historic home renovation, and is rarely applied in that situation in Australia.
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