Heritage objects pertain to landscapes, places and features, and are an aggregation of archival materials, memories, and perceptions of social and contemporary significance. Objects are defined as movable cultural heritage. Movable cultural heritage is defined as 'any non-living natural or manufactured object of cultural heritage significance. Movable cultural heritage can be of historic, aesthetic, scientific and/or social significance and ranges from notable everyday objects to antiques. It may be a single item, a group of items, or the whole or part of a recognisable collection. Movable cultural heritage includes artifacts and archives, archaeological items, cultural objects, fine art, machinery and apparatus, as well as selected natural items such as fossils and botanical specimens.
Heritage objects may be lodged in museums, art galleries, in government ownership, or found in the homes of private individuals. They may be publicly, privately or commercially owned. It is important to recognise the value of provenance and context in establishing the story of objects. There is a risk that when objects become part of a collection their stories may be lost.