ICOMOS Charter on the Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites (2008)


Building on the Venice Charter, this charter seeks to establish guidelines for the interpretation of cultural heritage sites. It emphasizes the role of public communication and education in heritage preservation. The Charter identifies heritage sites and the intangible elements associated with the site as a resource for learning from the past. Therefore, interpretive programs must distinguish and recognize the phases in the site's evolution in order to respect their authenticity. The Charter also emphasizes the inclusion of all stakeholders in the interpretation of a site and acknowledges that in some circumstances, a community may opt to not have a site publicly interpreted.

Last updated: August 2016