The online resource for the historic environment

How to use this site

The Units feature different types of information, including:

  • textual and illustrative information
  • essential reading,
  • recommended reading,
  • additional reading and web sites to visit

Self-reflective questions
These will be posed and will be indicated like this in the text

These questions are designed to test your understanding and comprehension of each section and the overall concept of cultural significance. They are rhetorical in nature and require you to respond in your own way. The in text questions are progressive in nature and build up to a better understanding and decision making about what to include as your evidence for accreditation.

You should answer these questions by reference to both the text of each Unit and by reading the material suggested. Omission of these actions may reduce your understanding of each Unit; completion of the reading suggested will provide better understanding of the discipline of conservation and how professionals within it function and operate to preserve and protect the historic environment: You should consider how the body of conservation knowledge is constantly being questioned, expanded and added to by specialists within the field and how the principles, ethics and philosophy of conservation informs and structures any intervention response. A personal acceptance of this fact will help you to understand that you must also continually expand your own knowledge of conservation philosophy – it is subject to continuous change and your understanding of it needs constant updating. The important fact to recognise is that it is a process of personal improvement that needs to be self-generated through enthusiasm for the subject!