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According to the Land Use and Building Act and the Act on the Protection of Buildings, the expert duties involved in the management of the building heritage are the responsibility of the National Board of Antiquities. Since 2001 an acting building researcher has been working at the Museum of Ostrobothnia. The building researcher collects basic information about old buildings by means of inventories and documentation. These reports serve to aid local heritage work and land-use planning. The building researcher's work largely consists of drafting reports and statements related to planning and building projects. The researchers also gives advice on the maintenance and preservation of the building heritage.
The Museum of Ostrobothnia acts as an advisor in matters concerning the management of the building heritage and the cultural environment. In addition the museum answers inquiries about the history of the constructed environment within its region of operation. The building researcher will, if needed, go on site to give an estimation of the historical value of the building or the surrounding area. This is mainly done in order to estimate the need for building protection or to define the principles for the repair work that will be carried out on a historically valuable building.
Maintenance of old buildings
Restoration of old buildings is best done using traditional methods and the same materials already present in the house. For best results it is also important to have knowledge about different styles and building techniques. Renovate only what is necessary and save both time and money while also minimizing wear on the building. However, begin by establishing the cause of the damage. The value of an old building lies in the old things - reproductions will always be just reproductions.
Building protection and research
Building protection in Finland is mainly carried out as stipulated in the Land Use and Building Act by means of various plans (city plan, shoreline detailed plan, component master plan, general plan or shoreline general plan). If there is no plan which will guarantee protection of the building, the building can be protected by means of a protection decision as stipulated in the Act on the Protection of Buildings. The owner of the building, a registered association or a municipality can make an application to include the object on the list of protected buildings.
For further information on the protection of culturally valuable buildings, please refer to the website of the Ministry of the Environment or the National Board of Antiquities, or contact your local authorities. The Museum of Ostrobothnia will answer inquiries about the historical value of buildings. Building inventories have been carried out by the museum since the 1990’s in order to establish the value of buildings in the city of Vaasa and in the municipalities within the museum’s region of operation.
Buildings protected by the Act on the Protection of Buildings in the former province of Vaasa:
Grants for managing building heritage
It is possible to apply for a grant from both the National Board of Antiquities and the Finnish Environment Institute for the necessary repairs on a historically valuable building. The application period usually ends by the latter half of October. The Museum of Ostrobothnia participates in the grant decision preparations and it also supervises the repair work together with the National Board of Antiquities. For information about grants, please contact the museum's building researcher or provincial museum researcher.
The management of building heritage and cultural environments: official responsibilities
In its capacity of protector of cultural environments the provincial museum delivers opinions on land use and planning through statements, considerations and use of the museum's expertise. The museum acts as an authority related to building heritage and cultural environments within its region of operation in Ostrobothnia and parts of Southern Ostrobothnia. The museum issues statements about plan drafts, proposals and road construction plans and presents estimates of environmental impact in land use projects.
The Museum of Ostrobothnia also delivers opinions on demolition and alteration projects in the municipalities within its regional jurisdiction. This applies especially to the region’s larger cities such as Vaasa, Pietarsaari, Uusikaarlepyy, Kristiinankaupunki and Närpiö.
The Ostrobothnian Museum's region of operation
Assignments linked to the management of building heritage and cultural environments are administered by:
Outi Orhanen, building researcher, 040 531 3918
Magdalena Lindroos, away until December 31, 2015, temp Outi Orhanen