The Management of Cultural Heritage: a tool for sustainable development. A practical case: a local development project “Os Ambientes do Ar”.

Heritage fulfils a fundamental role in society today because of the values it can contribute: identity value, economic value and social value.

In this way it is necessary that the inhabitants learn to discover these values in heritage and understand how heritage can be a factor in determining their development, both personal and communitarian.

We are convinced that whichever management project has a well-considered cultural heritage as a resource should have as its backbone good connections with the local population. For that we propose that cultural heritage management should be considered a social project of community development where the principal protagonists are the people themselves.

To reinforce this thesis and as the practical part of our scientific investigation we worked with a specific case; the community water-mills of the hamlet of Souto Bon (situated in Tondela, in the district of Viseu, Portugal); we analyzed the reality of the hamlet and proposed a project of locally based ambit within a strategy of community intervention, whose principal objective was the valorization of the mills and their transformation from good local utilities to good local “heritage” and utilities, generators of wealth, where the people of the community acquire a very important responsibility in the success of the project.

Other aspects that we wanted to deal with in these works are:

– To define the concepts key relationships with the culture in the middle and end of development.

– To analyse the existing resources in a community, based in the process of a project of heritage management.

– To study and analyse projects that have as a line of action, the identification, valorization and conditioning of heritage resources.

– To realise the investigations necessary in Souto Bom, to be able to propose a project of local development for this hamlet.

More Information About the project

Year 2013
Type Thesis
Institution Universidad de Salamanca
Degree PhD
Supervisor(s) Rafael Sánchez carralero
Language Spanhish
Field Cultural Heritage, Cultural Policies, Community Development, Arts, Space