Museums and built heritage in Culture and Development
A special issue about Museums and Built Heritage of the periodic magazine Culture and Development is already on-line.
In the editorial to this issue, Herman van Hooff, Director of UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, underscores the importance of museums and cultural centers as vectors of cultural values, knowledge and identities, and their contribution to investment, economic benefits and job generation.
This issue presents the results of the workshop Transformation of Historical Buildings in Museums: Cultural Management, Education and Development, which, thanks to a generous contribution of the Norwegian Embassy in Cuba, UNESCO Havana organized in cooperation with the Office of the Historian of Havana, the National Council for Cultural Heritage of Cuba, the Cuban National Museum of Fine Arts and the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO, from 5 to 7 December 2011.
Caribbean experts, together with representatives from institutions in Latin America and Europe, examined the challenge posed when a historical building is restored to function as a museum or cultural centre. They also analyzed the impact that the museum or cultural centre could have on the conservation of the historic building while complying with its education, research and leisure functions.
Number 8 of Culture and Development also presents several case studies, of which the restoration of Havana’s Palacio del Segundo Cabo is particularly relevant. The Palace is being restored thanks to an international cooperation initiative by the European Union, UNESCO and the Office of the Historian of Havana. Once restored, the Palace will be used as a meeting place between Cuba and Europe.