Arbejdermuseet, exterieur, Rømersgade 22

Criteria and Outstanding Universal Value


The nomination is based on three of the ten criteria for a UNESCO World Heritage site:

(iii) to bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.

(iv) to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history.

(vi) to be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The UNESCO World Heritage Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria).

Statement of Outstanding Universal Value

To guide the project to ensure we collect the right series of workers’ assembly halls, the Statement of Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) is a valuable tool. You can read our proposed Statement of Outstanding Universal Value here (The OUV will be revised, shortened and altered as needed througout the project).

What Binds the Assembly Halls Together?

The buildings have been built in different times and therefore represent architecture of their time. The architecture is seldomly atypical for their time, but instead represent that workers’ wanted to fit into society and claim a seat in sorciety equal to other social classes. The nominated series will therefore show varying architetural styles but with similar elements and attributes, where access, layout of rooms and function of these rooms is far more important.

Below are some of the attributes that bind the buildings together in a series:

  • Multi-functional
  • Multi-generational effort
  • Self-organised entity independent from the state
  • Democratisation of education and recreation
  • Mass mobilisation
  • Cultural, educational, political, social activities
  • Migration/transmission of ideas
  • Everyday lives of the working class, a life world for workers
  • Used by men, women and children
  • Instruments of organisation
  • Established/acquired out of necessity
  • Sociability
  • Easy access
  • Long-lasting structures
  • Awareness with locals today

Juletræsfest i forsamlingsbygningen

Read More About the Project