The Chronicle

Spring Newsletter 2013

Welcome to the electronic newsletter of Heritage Europe.The Chronicle will keep you regularly
informed of the activities, events and news of interest to Europe's historic cities, towns and regions.

Dates for your Diary

26-27 April 2013 - Bursa, Turkey
European Museum Academy
“Micheletti Award” ceremony and Bursa meeting

The meeting, hosted by Bursa Metropolitan Municipality as the Turkish representative of the newly formed European Museum Academy, will include presentations and workshops focusing on the conservation of industrial heritage. 

Go to the website for more information.

6-7 May 2013 Brussels, Belgium.
How to represent the interests of your Public Administration at the European Level
Seminar organised by European Academy for taxes, Economics and Law will be held in Brussels 6-7 May.

Visit the website for full information.

27-29 May Kos, Greece.
Sustainable Development and Planning 2013.

The sixth International conference on Sustainable Development and Planning builds upon a series that started in 2003. Sustainable Development and Planning 2013 aims to bring together scientists and other stakeholders from across the globe to discuss the latest scientific advances in the field, as well as to seek and highlight developments in managerial strategies and assessment tools for policy and decision makers.

Visit the website for more information and registration.

4 June 2013 Koblenz, Germany.
HISTCAPE Project - The first Major International Conference will take place on the 4th June 2013 in Koblenz. For information on the project and details of the conference visit the Histcape website.

13-17 June 2013 Athens, Greece.
Europa Nostra European Heritage Congress. The Congress will mark the 50th anniversary of Europa Nostra’s continuous action in favour of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage.

The Congress will also feature the recently launched “7 Most Endangered” programme and the first list of “7 Most Endangered” will be announced during the congress.

For Congress programme and how to register:
click here...

26-28 June 2013 Prague, Czech Republic. “Sustainable Building and Refurbishment for Next Generations” Conference on re-use and sustainable development of built heritage. The conference will be held in the Czech Technical University building Prague 6.

Visit the conference website for more details.

10-14 July 2013 Ironbridge, UK.
“Rust, Regeneration and Romance: Iron and Steel Landscapes and Culture” Industrial heritage conference held in the World Heritage site of Ironbridge gorge organised through the Cultural Heritage department of Birmingham University.

Go to the website and follow the conference links for more information.

9-15 August 2013 Dundee, UK. The Association for Industrial Archaeology Dundee Conference. The Association´s 40th conference will be held this year at Dundee University, organised with the Scottish Industrial Heritage Society, Scottish Transport and Industry Collections, Knowledge Network, and others.

Go to the website for the conference programme and details of how to register.

19-21 September 2013 Dubrovnik, Croatia.
The Best in Heritage is an annual survey of award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects. Organised in partnership with Europa Nostra and under special patronage of International Council of Museums, it is supported by The City of Dubrovnik and Croatian Ministry of Culture.

For more information click here...

23-28 September 2013 Amsterdam,
The Netherlands.
ICOMOS Conference organised by ICOMOS Netherlands - “Protecting deltas: heritage helps!” ICOMOS-NL aims to raise international awareness of the connection between water and heritage and will bring together experts from both fields during this conference. Click here for the draft programme and for more information please email.

15-17 October 2013 Norwich, UK. ENCLOSE Project Partner meeting and open seminar.
As part of the ENCLOSE project the partners will be holding the final meeting of 2013 in Norwich, UK hosted by Heritage Europe. We shall be posting further details on our website in the coming weeks.

Save the date in your diary.

Projects Update

HISTCAPE - HISTCAPE is moving into its second phase and the partnership is preparing for the implementation of specific pilot actions in 6 partner regions.

The 6 pilot actions will be based on good practice identified during the first year of the project. Selected examples for successful conservation of historic places along with their surrounding landscapes will be transferred to other regions and their effectiveness will be tested and validated. Go to the website and click on “Good Practice” for examples identified so far.

The district of Alytus, Lithuania recently hosted the 4th HISTCAPE Open Conference during which the new partner from Slovenia - The University of Ljubljana - was officially welcomed to the project.

Visit the website for the latest information, newsletters and updates on the project.

See “Major International Conference” below for next events in the project programme.

ENCLOSE. An IEE (Intelligent Energy Europe) programme project looking at logistics problems facing small and medium size historic towns. Targeted actions are proposed to increase the energy efficiency of freight distribution in historic urban areas.

Following the very successful and informative meeting held in Trondheim as reported in our last newsletter the next project consortium meeting will be held in Den ‘Bosch Netherlands 17-18 April.

The project’s first “Awareness Raising Event (ARE)” was recently held in Burgos, Spain, 6-7 March 2013 and attended by over 40 people, including technicians from the municipal departments involved, University of Burgos, Strategic Plan City of Burgos Association , transport operators and delivery companies, shop owners association and other stakeholders. Further Awareness Raising Events (AREs) are planned in order to integrate with and complement previous or concurrent technical study visits by providing a number of public events and presentations aimed at stimulating the uptake of energy-efficient urban logistics solutions in the ENCLOSE historic towns.

Burgos - The historic walled town

For more information and updates on the project visit the ENCLOSE website.

PERHT. The project is aimed at small to medium sized historic towns and will look at issues related to transport (people and goods) and mobility in their historic urban centres.

Submitted under the LIFE+2011 Programme the project was confirmed for funding in October 2012, with the “kick off” meeting held on the 22-23 October in Treviso, Italy. PERHT project partners also attended the LIFE+ Programme launch conference held in Rome in November 2012. The event offered the opportunity to meet and exchange views with other relevant initiatives implemented by Italian beneficiaries under the LIFE+ programme.

The 2nd project meeting which recently took place, also in Treviso Italy, 21-22 March 2013, provided an opportunity to review and discuss project activities and achievements of the first five months of project plan, as well as clarify the objectives and activities in the next short term project period.

Visit the website for the project outline and news.

Major International Conference
4 June Koblenz, Germany

Cultural Heritage in the Heart of Germany - the importance of cultural heritage to local communities and regional development in rural Germany
As part of the on-going programme of events for the HISTCAPE project the partners will be holding the first Major International Conference in Koblenz.

The conference is being hosted by project partner General-Directorate of Cultural Heritage Rhineland-Palatinate (GDKE) in the historic Prussian "Fortress Ehrenbreitstein", an outstanding example of good practice in the field of monument preservation.

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Fortress Ehrenbreitstein

Bookings are now being taken. To register your place please send an email - further details can be found on the project website.

Study Visit to Poitiers, September 2013

Book your place for our 2013 study visit to the historic City of Poitiers.
The main theme of the visit will be to examine Poitiers’ experience of the regeneration and use of public spaces within its project “Coeur d’Agglo”. Confirmed dates for the visit and programme will be posted on our website.


In the meantime you can register your interest by contacting our Secretariat by email.

New Project

Heritage Counts for Europe - towards a European index for valuing Cultural Heritage
Europa Nostra, Heritage Europe and ENCATC supported by a number of European research institutions have been successful in obtaining funding for the project which is due to start in June / July 2013. The “kick off” meeting will be held in Brussels, Belgium. Project duration is 2 years.

This project will gather, analyse, consolidate and widely disseminate the existing data on the impact of cultural heritage on society and the economy. It will result in a European mapping of the evidence-based research that has already been carried out at the European, national, regional, local and/or sectoral levels. It aims to raise greater awareness on the multiple benefits of cultural heritage and present policy recommendations for tapping into the full potential of heritage.

Creative Europe
Update on new funding programme

The new programme planned to replace the current Culture Programme in 2014 is still under discussion in both the European Commission and the European Parliament. Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, reacted to the agreement on the next EU budget which was reached by the European Council on 8 February 2013.

 “Despite the overall decrease in the budget, the suggested allocation for the "Creative Europe programme" supporting cultural and creative industries - a high contributor to jobs and growth in Europe - would mean an increase of about 12% compared to 2007-2013.”
The new budget proposal will now be discussed in the European Parliament before it is put to a final vote in a few months' time.

Information can be found on their website

The 2013 European Culture Forum is coming!

On the 4th, 5th and 6th of November, the European Culture Forum will bring together 1,200 participants from cultural civil society, the EU Member States, as well as partner countries, and EU institutions.

Organised by DG EAC in Brussels, this flagship event will provide a unique opportunity to debate and raise the profile of European cooperation in the field of culture.

The 2013 edition of the Forum will gather together both cultural policy actors and ‘Creative Europe’ stakeholders and address some of the hottest topics for the sector at the moment.

Member Town Great Yarmouth (UK) bids for new project under Leonardo programme

Heritage Europe member town Great Yarmouth through its Preservation Trust has recently applied for funding under the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme “Leonardo Partnership” to develop a project exploring best practice in delivering traditional skills and conservation training.

The project will help to address the skills shortages in the repair and conservation of the historic built environment. Partners in this international project have already been identified from Bulgaria, Hungary, Estonia, Turkey and the UK.

Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust would be delighted to hear from other members interested in traditional skills training. Visit their website.

The Preservation Trust is also undertaking a training project in 40 acres of neglected and vandalised historic cemeteries where unemployed people are being trained in surveying, recording and the repair and conservation of monuments. The Trust is keen to share knowledge and experiences with members working on similar projects.

Experience Exchange

Nominate a member of your team.

We invite member cities to nominate a member of their team to take part in Heritage Europe’s continuing programme of experience exchanges in 2013.

We are inviting submissions from member cities to nominate one person to work on a key issue in another member city of your choice for a period of up to 1 week. All expenses will be paid in return for a short report on the lessons learned.

In 2012 we saw the programme continue with an exchange between member cities of the Romanian Association A.L.Z.I.A.R. and the Slovenian Association of Historic Towns.

The first leg of the exchange took place in Sighisoara, Romania in June 2012 with the second leg in November 2012 to the town of Skofja Loka, Slovenia.

Go to the website for the visit reports.

Membership Update

Following enquiries received at the end of 2012 we hope to confirm membership applications in 2013 from Tambov Region, Russian Federation and also Bodrum, Turkey.

We recently received a membership request from HISTCAPE project partner The University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and are hoping to welcome other partners from the HISTCAPE project as full members in 2013.