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Heritage Conservation 20/20: Hindsight and Foresight, 7th Round Table of the Chair

Participants at the 2012 Round Table.

The 7th Montreal Round Table (2012) examined the evolution of the theory and practice of heritage conservation over the past 50 years and how it might evolve by the year 2020. Taking as its starting point the emergence of a concern for heritage - which was in large measure initiated by the recommendations of the Massey Royal Commission on the National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences (1949-1951) – the Round Table also sought to better understand the achievements of the second half of the 20th century in terms of institution building, research, policy development and conservation practice. It examined weaknesses that emerged during this period, including the perception that heritage is an obstacle to development and the apparent lack of enthusiasm among the general public for heritage issues. Participants reflected on the conditions needed for a future where heritage conservation might play a more significant role in the economic, social and cultural development of society 

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