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How can you get involved?

As you’ve seen, lots of people from around the world are getting involved. You’ve planned your dream career path, but what can you do to get started promoting heritage conservation?

There are many ways to get involved in the promotion of heritage conservation. Now that you’ve had an overview of the different ways, how do you think you could contribute?

Know yourself

Maybe the first step is to get to know yourself a little bit more.

  • Do you prefer to do or to think? (It can be both of course.)
  • Do you like to speak in public or do you prefer to stay behind the scene?
  • Would you prefer to contribute to a project working with recognised heritage without big issues, or a project involving contested heritage which will need strong debating skills?
  • Which skills do you already have that could add value to a conservation project?
  • What types of skills would you like to develop when working on heritage conservation?

Once you have answered these questions, you’re ready for the next step.

Find a project

The second step is to actually find a project. It could be in your neighborhood, but also be somewhere you visited during your holidays or just somewhere that you’ve heard of.

Once you have identified the location of this heritage project, try to understand as much as possible about it. You may find this checklist of questions helpful when scouting for a heritage project. There is a PDF version of this checklist at the bottom of the step under the heading ‘Downloads’

  • What is the local context?
  • What is the major issue?
  • Who is already involved?
  • How can you contribute (filling a gap or adding to existing forces)?

For example, if we take the Sirius building in Sydney:

  • The local context is about threat for demolition and the resistance from the residents.
  • The major issue concerns the recognition of the building as heritage.
  • Plenty of people are already involved at different levels, including residents, historians, architects, lawyers and governmental stakeholders.
  • Since now the debate has taken an international direction, if you have skills in language translation, you may be able to contribute to the identified gap in communication.

As you will see, very often the major issue for heritage project concerns the financial sustainability of the project. Creative accountants, sponsor-seekers and marketing people are much needed.

Make contact and get started

Finally, identify the person to contact or to start the project with and just do it.

Your task

Now it’s your turn to answer the questions and find a heritage project you would like to be involved with.

Share the details of the project you have identified and how you might get involved in the comments.

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This article is from the free online course:

Cities of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Why Heritage Conservation Matters

Griffith University

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