Heritage, volume 1

Cahiers, no. 129

30 décembre 2000ContactIAU île-de-France, DRAC, Regional Department of Cultural Affairs, DIREN, Regional Environmental Protection Agency

The State has played a key role in the protection, restoration, management of heritage

The Ile-de-France area is rich in both natural and architectural heritage. The locality enjoys a wealth of features both in the form of monuments and sites, recorded and preserved very early on thanks to an appreciation of their value although, at times, necessity has meant reconciling conflicting forces of change. The State has played a key role in this area. For over forty years it has invested in the protection, restoration, management of heritage which belongs to the nation as a whole. The combined pressures of the legislator, local managers and public opinion have resulted in significant changes in the very concept of heritage itself and its management policy over time. Today, the new school heritage management involves a dynamic, local approach which takes a whole range of issues into consideration. The very meaning of the term heritage has considerably broadened from a narrow definition involving historical monuments to encompass natural environments and the protection of fauna and flora in the name of biodiversity. The trend has also shifted from conservation to management, effective presentation and sustained preservation.

Heritage is all about common recognition on a local, regional, national and European level

Heritage has also become an economic, social and cultural issue whose future is no longer solely the remit of government authorities, associations and private individuals but an essential part of any decision-maker’s development strategy. Finally, and, above all, heritage is all about common recognition on a local, regional, national and European level. It is both a factor and vehicle of our identity. This phenomenon is even more marked in the Ile-de-France area whose citizens have manifested a strong desire to see their heritage not only recognised but, above all, treated with respect.

The first volume is devoted to defining the concept of heritage in all its forms, the way it has changed over time and those that have worked for its recognition and restoration.

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Château de Versailles © IAU îdF
Villa Hennebique at Bourg-la-Reine (92) © IAU îdF
Château de Gillevoisin in the Juine valley. © IAU îdF

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