Public Trust in Stewardship and Public Service

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Public trust is expressed and given meaning in the administration and delivery of preservation and interpretations activities. Public trust refers to stewardship and public service. It ensure that heritage will be able to be passed on to future generations. This essay will examine how preservation and interpretation of both tangible and intangible heritage build public trust in museums, archives and historic places. It will examine preservation, administration and visitor policies that encourage and maintain public trust. Before discussing public trust, this essay will define key terms used in the subsequent discussion: conservation, preservation, tangible heritage and intangible heritage. Conservation refers to the "act of …show more content…
Preservation of historic buildings and its original setting can give the structure even more meaning (Lewis, 2004, 7). This is because the historic building, tangible heritage, and its cultural setting (intangible heritage) work together to recreate the context of the events that occurred in the past. The conservation of heritage sites makes cities viable and equitable (Rypkema, 2006, 36). The conservation of heritage sites also is a lot more environmentally conscious than demolition. The demolition of heritage sites is a waste of materials and a vast consumption of energy when the conservation alternative reduces maintenance expenses and construction costs. According to Rypkema, repairing historic windows makes them indistinguishable from modern windows (Rypema, 2006, 34). Furthermore, she states that one fourth of the material in Canada's solid waste facilities is the debris from construction projects, of which a great portion is the demolition of historic buildings (Rypkema, 2006, 34). Public trust is built by addressing the needs of the local community (Edson and Dean, 1994, 5). This is achieved by audience confirmation and reassurance. It seeks to add and clarify cultural and intellectual knowledge already acquired of the audience (Edson and Dean, 1994, 5). Museums serve both as providers of knowledge and as an important medium is its dissemination (Weil, 1989, 50).