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Directorate for Cultural Heritage

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Strategy

The strategic priorities of the Directorate for Cultural Heritage are:

1. THE DIRECTORATE WILL PROMOTE THE CONSERVATION, USE, ENJOYMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE CULTURAL HERITAGE BY

a. working to provide various forms of protection for cultural monuments and sites, cultural environments and landscapes; the Directorate will do this by making use of the whole range of instruments available for this purpose in line with its own thematic strategies

b. ensuring that climate and environmental considerations are taken properly into account in management, maintenance and re-use of the cultural heritage

c. seeking to ensure that valuable information and understanding we can gain from the cultural heritage benefits society as a whole  

d. helping to devise ways of using and developing the cultural heritage for the benefit of society as a whole 

e. using conservation programmes and grant funding effectively to achieve national targets 

 

2. THE DIRECTORATE WILL PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT BY

a. analysing and defining the knowledge needs of the cultural heritage authorities

b. promoting education and research and development in priority areas

c. working actively to ensure that relevant sectors and the public administration benefit from research results and other knowledge about cultural monuments and sites, cultural environments and landscapes

d. taking steps to ensure that accurate data on the cultural heritage are publicly available

e. taking part in international cooperation and making use of international research results and experience in Norwegian cultural heritage management

f. ensuring that the directorate has the expertise it needs for its new and existing roles and responsibilities

 

3. THE DIRECTORATE WILL MAINTAIN A HIGH PROFILE AND PLAY A VALUABLE ROLE IN SOCIETY

a. raising awareness of cultural heritage values in the public debate

b. building up and communicating knowledge about the benefits society can derive from our cultural heritage

c. promoting and supporting local participation and engagement, particularly among municipal authorities, voluntary groups and owners of cultural heritage properties and sites

d. identifying monuments and sites of national interest and encouraging counties and municipalities to identify monuments and sites of regional and local value 

e. building up knowledge about and engagement in cultural heritage through communication activities

 

4. THE DIRECTORATE WILL PROMOTE INTEGRATED AND EFFECTIVE CULTURAL HERITAGE MANAGEMENT BY SEEKING TO ENSURE THAT

a. cultural heritage responsibilities are at all times assigned to the most appropriate administrative level

b. all levels of the public administration have sufficient capacity and expertise

b. all levels of the public administration have the tools and resources they need, such as IT systems and guidelines

d. digitisation and a good flow of information result in effective administration

e. that the cultural heritage administration follows uniform, predictable procedures in line with central government political guidelines; the Directorate will do this by drawing up policy documents, strategies and guidelines for priority areas.

Download the strategy 

Directorate for cultural heritage strategy 2017-2021 (pdf)

Strategy 2017-2021