A Tool for Assessing Heritage Places

The Twentieth Century Historic Thematic Framework (HTF) aims to develop, and widely share a historic thematic framework that can be utilized for the identification and the development of inventories for 20th century heritage, to ultimately better recognize, protect and conserve this valuable heritage.

A long-time project of the IS20C, the HTF was catalyzed by the need to assist researchers to identify potentially significant sites by using historic themes to guide research. The framework also sought to support the world heritage listing process, by providing a tool to contextualize places nominated, and assist assessors undertaking reviews, particularly in undertaking comparative analysis. The HTF identifies global themes of relevance to the twentieth century, but can also be used and adapted to regional or national contexts.

The HTF has been developed to promote broad thinking about heritage places from the twentieth century. It identifies and analyzes the principal social, technological, political, and economic drivers that have shaped the buildings, cities, industries, and landscapes of the twentieth century, emphasizing global forces, trends, and phenomena that have shaped the built environment.

The HTF was developed in partnership with the Getty Conservation Institute, who worked with an international advisory group and a team of consultants to produce the publication. It is currently available for free download in English and French; a Spanish version is pending.

Over the next two years the ISC20 will be organizing a series of regional webinars to share the HTF, debate and stimulate its use. Members are encouraged to download, investigate and promote the use of the HTF.

The HTF is now available for download in English and French, with a Spanish version coming soon.
Susan Macdonald

Grethe Pontoppidan

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