Last edited 20 Oct 2021


In its broadest sense, the word setting refers to the degree to which something is important or worthy of attention.

In relation to heritage assets, Conservation Principles, Guidance for the sustainable management of the historic environment in Northern Ireland, published by the Historic Environment Division in July 2021, defines significance as: ‘The value of a heritage asset to past, present and future generations because of the sum of its embodied heritage interests. Those interests may be archaeological, architectural, historic or others. Significance also derives from its setting.’

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