Proceedings book of the international scientific symposium safety in heritage

On the occasion of the publication of the book of proceedings, we would like to recall here the International Scientific Symposium Security in Heritage, an event in which we poured effort and enthusiasm to create a space in which to share and debate such relevant issues in the field of cultural heritage.

This symposium not only allowed us to open a line of knowledge and discussion in the company of international speakers from the most prestigious institutions, but it was also the framework in which the document of the Declaration of the Círculo, which takes its name from the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid that hosted this meeting, was conceived. Likewise, the papers and articles selected in an open call for papers, as well as other contents, have been collected in a carefully edited book of proceedings.

It is a joy for Kalam to be able to disseminate this fantastic result of the meeting, hoping that it can reach the widest possible audience and contribute to the field of our activity and to the important subject of heritage security.

Download the book of Proceedings of the Heritage Security Symposium

The publication brings together all the contents of the symposium, which were structured around its three thematic axes. The first dealt with criteria and intervention, with the recovery of the value of the site by providing security. Thus, the opening day focused on the definition of the concept of security, its scope and the complexity of its application to heritage assets, as well as on proposals for intervention criteria in heritage derived from security requirements.

The second axis focused on issues related to rehabilitation techniques and processes to improve security, analysing the most frequent risks generated in cultural heritage and their causes, as well as innovative solutions, both constructive and related to the management of the property, to improve security for heritage and its users and visitors.

Finally, a third axis was dedicated to normative aspects related to the management and regulation of security, in which action policies, shortcomings, proposals for improvement, new approaches and possibilities for development were debated. The work of associations and society in general was also represented, considering the responsibility in this area of public and private entities, owners and the involvement of the business world.

A relevant section of this publication, which complements the rest of the contents and contributions, is the one that includes the Declaration of the Circle itself. A result of the symposium, on which its drafting team worked under the supervision and advice of the Scientific Committee during the months prior to the celebration of the meeting, and which was also subject to revision by the participants in the same until its approval on the closing day. The declaration, subtitled Security in Heritage: Security in the use, management, maintenance and conservation of cultural heritage, is a document that recommends criteria for the incorporation of measures on Cultural Heritage and Security, ranging from aspects related to the security of people, to that of the material assets themselves or of the maintenance and intervention actions on them.