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Reflections on the Use of Heritage Charters and Conventions

Ruins of Hampton Township, Burra, Australia. In 1979, members of Australia ICOMOS met in the historic mining town of Burra to review the applicability of the Venice Charter in Australia. The result was the Burra Charter, which adapts the general philosophy of the Venice Charter to the specific needs of Australian heritage—and which has become a model of how international principles can be refined to embrace the values and needs of a particular nation or particular cultural groups within that nation. Photo: Neville Agnew.