Last edited 19 Aug 2021

Value of a place

Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance, For the sustainable management of the historic environment, published by Historic England in 2008, suggests that value is: ‘An aspect of worth or importance, here attached by people to qualities of places.’

Aesthetic value is: ‘Value deriving from the ways in which people draw sensory and intellectual stimulation from a place.’

Communal value, is: ‘Value deriving from the meanings of a place for the people who relate to it, or for whom it figures in their collective experience or memory.

Evidential value is: ‘Value deriving from the potential of a place to yield evidence about past human activity.’

Historical value is: ‘Value deriving from the ways in which past people, events and aspects of life can be connected through a place to the present

Value-based judgement is: ‘An assessment that reflects the values of the person or group making the assessment.’

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