Full text: New perspectives to save cultural heritage

CI PA 2003 XIX th International Symposium, 30 September - 04 October, 2003, Antalya, Turkey 
The completion of this heritage record of the fort, combined 
with various condition assessments, represents the first time 
that accurate numbers could be produced for quantities of 
stones, windows, rafters and other specific elements of the fort. 
Various conservation professionals will have access to the 
documentation when needed for future projects. Before this 
record was generated, information users would have to produce 
their own drawings. In certain cases, the heritage record may 
not be precise or detailed enough for a specific area, but will 
provide a base from which to produce the required drawings. 
Feedback was provided by the Project Manager regarding the 
overall usefulness of the heritage record. It was noted that the 
heritage record has not yet been fully utilized, however, the 
recording of the Commissariat Stores roof is currently being 
used by a consultant who is designing a new roof and repair 
measures. The consultant stated that the recording was very 
useful and detailed. The Project Manager also noted that the 
heritage recording for the Redoubt will also be used by a 
consultant in the near future for the design of stabilization 
measures. The heritage recording products were created to 
establish a reference point of the fort in its current state. 
Another major use of the products will be realized when the 
masonry stabilization phase of the project is implemented. 
The Fort Flenry NHSC rehabilitation project presented an 
opportunity to add a valuable training component to the 
recording process. In recent years, HCS has replaced many of 
its retiring senior staff through succession planning. Although 
joining HCS with impressive academic credentials and 
experience, few of the newly hired conservation architects and 
engineers had heritage recording exposure. To address this 
situation six new employees participated in the Fort Henry 
NHSC heritage recording field work for approximately 1.5 days 
each. All were given instruction as to why the heritage 
recording was being carried out, what the recording methods 
and tools were, and how the recording would provide basic but 
essential documentation resources to the rehabilitation project. 
With this new knowledge they were given individual 
instruction on how to use the recording equipment and then 
asked to participate in the actual recording. Their heritage 
records became part of the project recording deliverables. The 
purpose of this exercise was not to train architects and 
engineers to become heritage recorders, but rather to educate 
these individuals about the potential benefits heritage recording 
services may offer future conservation projects. 
The exercise of sharing information between information users 
and information providers was a valuable experience for the 
information users and it proved to be an important lesson for the 
information providers as well. The approach taken will help the 
heritage recording team make better decisions in future 
projects, when selecting documentation techniques and 
determining deliverables, by providing a better understanding 
of information user requirements. This positive outcome was 
achieved by open dialogue and collaboration with the identified 
information users throughout the Fort Henry rehabilitation 
project. As a final point, it was also interesting for the 
recording team to note how the heritage record benefited 
various users in their project delivery, and often in ways that 
was not initially expected. 
The Fort Henry Conservation Project has proven that 
collaboration between information users and providers may 
provide a value-added component to a complex restoration 
project. Furthermore, it is proving to be an excellent starting 
document to be used by various players involved in the 
rehabilitation of the Fort Henry NHSC. 
Heritage Conservation Services, 2003, Fort Henry N.H.S.C. 
Redoubt Exterior Conservation Guidelines (DRAFT) 
Parks Canada, 2002, Fort Henry Conservation Program - 
Project Charter (DRAFT), Canada 
Parks Canada, 2003, Fort Henry National Historic Site of 
Canada, Consultation to Prepare a Management Plan, Canada 
The authors wish to express their sincere gratitude to the 
following individuals for their contribution in the execution of 
the Fort Henry recording project or towards the development of 
this paper: J-P. Jerome, P. Sawyer, J. Gregg, R. Mitchell, B. 
Prins, K. Elder, B. Kirkhope, D. Duchesne, I. Cameron, J. 
Grenville, S. Filion, B. Warren, P. Buchik.

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