The BC heritage sector believes heritage is broad and encompassing, describing the “tangible and intangible record of human imprint on the world.” It is culture and environment; it is how we connect to place and space and to each other, and it is alive with stories.
Heritage is buildings and artifacts, and traditions and knowledge. It is found in museums and historic sites, but it is also found in the land, water and air. It is what we see and what we can no longer see, but still hold in memory.
Heritage is not fixed in the past, but it is also found in our present, describing who we were and how we are, as well as who we might be in the future.
It is likely you recognize this approach to heritage. But you should not assume everyone has a similar appreciation of heritage. Help people to understand the evolving practice of heritage and its broad meaning and influence on your community.
Use the intrinsic-instrumental-institutional framework to develop a well-rounded description of heritage in your community. Here are some suggestions to help you get started. (Read this short introduction to our recommended approach to making a case.)
What does heritage mean to your community?
How can I count the importance of heritage to my community?
How does your organization uphold this understanding and value of heritage?
More information about the definition of heritage can be found in the State of Heritage, as well as on our Heritage Definitions and FAQs page.