2012 | 1-2 | 49-56
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Narodowy Instytut Dziedzictwa czyli Ośrodek Dokumentacji Zabytków 50 lat później

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The National Heritage Board of Poland – the Centre for Documentation of Monuments 50 years later
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Formally speaking, the National Heritage Board of Poland (NHBP) is simply the National Centre for Research and Documentation of Monuments (NCRDM) with the altered name and the revised statutes adapted to current challenges faced by the monument protection system. Thus, NHBP is not only a continuation of NCRDM, but still the same institution. This means it is also the legal successor of institutions that were incorporated into it during the last 10 years: the Centre for the Protection of Archaeological Heritage (2007), the Centre for the Protection of Historic Landscape (2002) and, primarily, the Centre for Documentation of Monuments (2002). The Centre for Documentation of Monuments was established on 1 January 1962 in order to improve the stock-taking of monuments for the rational planning of their reconstruction and maintenance. The establishment of CDM anticipated the provisions of the 1970 UNESCO Convention, which recommended, among others, the creation of services and agencies collecting the records and documentation of national heritage and their regular updating by member states. The primary foundation of CDM’s activity was the stock-taking and documentation of historic objects. The mission of the National Heritage Board of Poland is to create a basis for the sustainable protection of heritage. The activity of NHBP focuses on three main areas. These are: the collection and dissemination of knowledge about heritage, the determination and dissemination of standards of protection and maintenance of monuments, the formation of social awareness regarding the values and maintenance of Polish cultural heritage for future generations. The similarity of goals and tasks of the National Heritage Board of Poland and the Centre for Documentation of Monuments is striking and unaccidental. As in the peak period of CDM’s activity, the most important priority is the need to record and document the resource of monuments. Another area that is still an important priority is the dissemination of the best standards of protection and maintenance of particular categories of monuments. Finally, there is an area of education regarding heritage, which is understood as training and popularisation activities carried out in many fields and adapted to the needs of various professional and social groups, the aim of which is to convince the public opinion that heritage is not only something that must be protected, but something that is worth protecting. The foundation of all activities of NHBP is the conviction of the need to collect full and reliable information about the resource of cultural heritage of Poland in one place, in the form adapted to the needs of all groups of recipients, with the use of tools adequate to the 21st-century requirements. NHBP is still not a scientific or research institution, nor does it take over the competencies of conservation services. It constitutes a base for all environments and professional groups dealing with the protection of monuments in Poland and builds a social base for the idea of protection of our heritage for future generations – if we combine NHBP’s activities with CDM’s activities, this process has been carried out for 50 years.
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  • z wyróżnieniem ukończyła studia w Instytucie Archeologii Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, specjalizując się w zakresie archeologii późnego średniowiecza i czasów nowożytnych. Autorka wielu publikacji z zakresu polityki kulturalnej, projektowania i finansowania przedsięwzięć kulturalnych, edukacji na rzecz dziedzictwa, promocji zabytków oraz zwalczania przestępczości w sferze archeologii. Wykładowca na studiach podyplomowych „Ochrona i zarządzanie dziedzictwem archeologicznym” organizowanych przez NID i UAM oraz „Zarządzanie kulturą w strukturach Unii Europejskiej” organizowanym przez Instytut Badań Literackich PAN. Zawodowo związana zarówno z organizacjami pozarządowymi – Fundacją im. Stefana Batorego, Fundacją Edukacji Ekonomicznej, jak i instytucjami publicznymi – Narodowym Centrum Kultury i Ośrodkiem Ochrony Dziedzictwa Archeologicznego. Członek EU & Cultural Heritage Reflection Group, Monitoring Group on Cultural Heritage in Baltic Sea Region oraz szeregu paneli ekspertów poświęconych tematyce zarządzania dziedzictwem kulturowym. Od 2011 r. dyrektor Narodowego Instytutu Dziedzictwa.
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