Moveable heritage

Moveable heritage provides historical information about people's experiences, ways of life and relationships with the environment.

What is Moveable Heritage?

Moveable heritage means any portable natural or manufactured objects of heritage significance. Moveable heritage does not include archaeological relics found underwater or underground.

Like other types of heritage, moveable heritage provides historical information about people's experiences, ways of life and relationships with the environment. It helps us to learn about people who may have been left out of written historical accounts, including women and migrant communities.

Because moveable heritage is portable, it is easily sold, relocated or thrown away during changes of ownership, fashion and use. For this reason, moveable heritage is vulnerable to loss, damage, theft and dispersal, often before its heritage significance is appreciated.

Moveable heritage items may be an integral part of the significance of heritage places. They can also be associated with cultural groups, communities or regions of New South Wales.

Guidance

Moveable Heritage Principles  describes basic principles for managing heritage items

Objects in Their Place: An Introduction to Moveable Heritage describes moveable heritage and policies for caring for it

Significance 2.0: A guide to assessing the significance of collections (Russell and Winkworth, 2009) describes how to determine the significance of cultural and heritage objects