Code of conduct

The mission of the Heritage Council is governed by the Heritage Act 1995 which requires the Council to propose policies and priorities for the identification, protection, preservation and enhancement of the national heritage. The Heritage Council is motivated by the prospect that by 2022, heritage will be at the heart of Irish society and decision-making and that Ireland will be internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in heritage management, conservation and community engagement.

Our Mission and Vision

The mission of the Heritage Council is governed by the Heritage Act 1995 which requires the Council to propose policies and priorities for the identification, protection, preservation and enhancement of the national heritage. The Heritage Council is motivated by the prospect that by 2022, heritage will be at the heart of Irish society and decision-making and that Ireland will be internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in heritage management, conservation and community engagement.

Our Values

  • The highest standards of heritage care integrity
  • Accessibility and honesty
  • Professionalism and efficiency
  • Participation and partnership
  • Social inclusion
  • Sustainability and quality of life

This code is designed to provide Heritage Specialists with guidelines for appropriate professional conduct while arranging and delivering school visits. Heritage Specialists providing workshops under the Heritage in Schools Scheme should:

  • Promote the values of the Heritage Council and not undermine them through action or omission.
  • Clearly state in communicating with schools that visits are offered under the Heritage in Schools Scheme and part-funded by the Heritage Council.
  • Adhere to the approved visit content and format.
  • Behave in a professional, respectful, courteous, inclusive and ethical manner when arranging and delivering Heritage in Schools Scheme visits.
  • Avoid discussing personal or political views or promoting commercial services, or products during workshops.
  • Seek to resolve any grievances and concerns through the Heritage in Schools Scheme Complaints Procedure.
  • Adhere to leave no trace principles when working in the outdoors or visiting heritage sites.
  • Disclose employment or business interests which are or may be in conflict or in potential conflict with the business of the Heritage Council.