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Museum Studies: Cultural Heritage

This guide will help you get started with your museum studies and public history research. In addition to recommending useful databases, this guide provides information about museums, collections, and exhibitions, professional organizations, how to keep i

Cultural Heritage

While the definition of Cultural Heritage can vary from nation to nation, the 1973 legislation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defined the different aspects of cultural heritage as follows:

  • Tangible cultural heritage which includes movable cultural heritage (paintings, sculptures, coins, manuscripts); immovable cultural heritage (monuments, archaeological sites); and underwater cultural heritage (shipwrecks, underwater ruins and cities)
  • Intangible cultural heritage: oral traditions, performing arts, rituals
  • Natural heritage: natural sites with cultural aspects such as cultural landscapes, physical, biological or geological formations           

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