Research of heritage sites

Based on the research surveys, a historical site can be thoroughly examined, including its development. We may understand its story and obtain necessary information for further care. The activities include archaeological research, surveys of masonry and plasters, restoration surveys, surveys of trusses and ceilings, dendrochronological surveys and many others, based on the specific needs. They are performed by experts and specialists of various subjects using standard methodology.

The surveys are mostly conducted during reconstructions. It’s best to start with them before the reconstruction is planned as they may enable us to discover what’s most valuable in the building and what should be protected. Further information can be obtained during the reconstruction, so operative surveys are highly appropriate. When the reconstruction works are finished, the surveys can be finished and the findings sorted.

The standard methodology involves the building-historic survey (SHP), revealing the building development of the site, as well as changes in its use and design. The procedures and outcomes are set by standard methodology, including the formal description of the site, on-site survey, interpretation of the archive materials, summary of the building development and suggestions for further care. The conclusions and assessments are the main background for the statement of heritage care officials.

The National Heritage Institute experts provide surveys for sites that are managed by the institute. Of course, the surveys are realized by many other experts and companies that can be contracted. The National Heritage Institute staff will be happy to help you find appropriate contacts.