Access to cultural property is critical to our study and understanding of both past and contemporary culture and of what it means to be human. Regardless of whether cultural property is claimed by only a small community or is considered to have value for the whole of humanity, if the physical evidence of past and contemporary culture does not exist, or if the community remembering intangible cultural heritage has been destroyed, a vital element in our ability to understand human society and its development has been lost, and with it, a vital piece of who we are.

Photo: Wick Ferry terminal, Christchurch, United Kingdom. 1900.
By: L’Estrange, Robert Augustus Henry, from the QUT Alumni Donations Collection, Queensland University of Technology. Digital Collections. CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.