The Chronicle

Summer 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

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.

26 - 29 August 2013 Malmö, Sweden. ACSI 2013 “Creating sustainable city development with culture as a driving force.”This event hosted by Malmö University and the Forum for Social Innovation in cooperation with Aalto University, taking place over 3 days, will explore new solutions for sustainable urban development.
For more details visit the website.

3 - 5 September 2013 Poitiers, France. Study Visit. The City of Poitiers will be hosting Heritage Europe’s 2013 study visit. 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”. To join us in Poitiers see main article opposite and go to the programme for details and how to register - numbers are limited so book now!

17 - 19 September 2013 Seville, Spain. International conference “Contemporary Architecture in Historic Urban Settings” The city of Seville will host this International meeting in collaboration with UNESCO World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS, The Organisation of World Heritage Cities and the Spanish Government Ministry of Education Culture and Sports.

For more information on the conference themes, programme and how to register visit the website

19 - 21 September 2013 Dubrovnik, Croatia. THE BEST IN HERITAGE 2013
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 visit: Web

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.

30 September 2013 Florence, Italy.
4th European Urban Transport Regulation Forum - "Sustainable Urban Mobility: A Case for Regulation?"Stakeholders from operators, authorities, the European Commission, associations and academics will identify and discuss the main challenges of sustainable urban mobility.

For more details visit the website.

3-5 October 2013 Dubrovnik, Croatia. International Workshop on "Upgrading Life in Historic Towns “ Renewable Energy". Organised by the City of Dubrovnik and the Croatian Association of Historic Towns in partnership with UNESCO Venice and supported by the Croatian Ministry of Culture this International workshop will look at energy issues including energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in historic towns as part of global sustainability in the use of energy sources. Click here for further details.

8 -10 October 2013 Norwich, UK. ENCLOSE Project Partner meeting workshop 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.

17 - 18 October 2013 Heraklion, Crete, Greece. International Conference “Cultural Values and Tourism Development in Rural Areas” The conference is of interest to researchers, policy makers and rural development experts who have experience in cultural tourism, community development and cultural values management.

The conference will encompass presentations, posters, sessions and study visit where the participants can share their knowledge on supporting the development of rural areas through cultural tourism.

The conference will aim to bring together everyone, from politicians, practitioners, local and regional representatives, experts, researchers and businesses.

For more information and how to register visit the website.

15 - 30 October 2013, Italy, Greece, Turkey. Biennial of Urban and Architectural Restoration (BRAU 2). This important international event will occur simultaneously in 3 countries. Activities will cover such areas as Conservation of Major Monuments, Reuse of Historic Buildings, Industrial Archaeology, Restoration Projects.

For more information and a list of the main cities where the activities will take place visit the website

4 - 6 November 2013 Brussels, Belgium. 2013 European Culture Forum. 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.

Projects Update

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 on from the successful event held in Burgos, Spain in March further "Awareness Raising Event" (AREs) have recently taken place in Alba Iulia (RO), Serres (GR), and Dundee (UK). "ARE" events in Almada (ES) and Balchik (BG) are planned for July.

These events are aimed at stimulating the uptake of energy-efficient urban logistics solutions in the ENCLOSE historic towns.

Go to the project website and latest newsletter for a full report on the Burgos "ARE" and more...

The most recent Study Visit took place in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL) and partners were shown examples of measures already being implemented to reduce the environmental impact of commercial traffic in the city. Dedicated loading/unloading areas were designed in ‘s-Hertogenbosch city centre to deliver integrated, comprehensive solutions, which contribute to and include better accessibility, economic, climate and other environmental targets, as well as the attractiveness of the city for both dwellers and visitors.

A Dutch initiative “Binnenstad Service” was presented consisting in a number of energy efficient and green vehicles operating from a dedicated Distribution Centre just outside the city centre. This public/ private company delivers combined services like collective (external) stock management and packaging materials collection to businesses within 12 Dutch historic towns.

The city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch aims to achieve zero CO2 emissions and to significantly reduce
airand noise pollution in the city centre by 2050.

For more information and updates follow the project on the website and attend the workship planned in Norwich on 10th October 2013 (See above)

PERHT  This project, under the EU LIFE+ Programme (Environment), 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.

The first Monitoring Visit meeting was held in Treviso in March 2013 looking at a variety of measures which can be implemented to improve mobility of both people and goods whilst at the same time reducing the environmental impacts of both private and commercial traffic in historic city centres.

Overall the integrated PERHT measures will aim to:

  • reduce private and commercial traffic congestion and impacts
  • support informed and sustainable travel choices
  • improve the modal shift to more sustainable mobility including public transport and bikes
  • incentivise green vehicles such as electric and hybrid vehicles for both private and commercial use

Visit the website for information on the project and latest news.

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 next Open Conference will take place in Arcevia, Italy on 11 September 2013. 

The HISTCAPE Open Conference is to be held in the morning of the 11th September and is twinned with an afternoon regional conference looking at local initiatives in the Marche region. Both conferences come under the title:- “Landscape, Sustainable Development and Planning

To register your interest please email Silvia Moroni.

European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2014. Call for Entries.

Each year, Europa Nostra and the European Union reward the best of cultural heritage achievements. The awards celebrate exemplary restorations and initiatives of the many facets of Europe’s cultural heritage in 4 categories: conservation, research, dedicated service and education, training and awareness raising.

Every year, up to six monetary awards of €10.000 each are awarded to the top laureates in the various categories. Submit your project and share your success!

Deadline for entries 9th September 2013.
For more information contact Elena Bianchi at Europa Nostra email or visit website.    

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.

Study Visit to Poitiers,
4 - 5 September 2013

Book your place for our 2013 study visit to the historic city of Poitiers.

Heritage Europe in association with the City of Poitiers invite you to join us for our 2013 study visit to the city of Poitiers.

The 2000 year old city, capital of the Poitu-Charentes region will showcase its “Coeur d’Agglo” project, a comprehensive example of a “makeover” of the streets of a historic city.

Project “Coeur D’Agglo” conceived by Yves Lion is an ambitious redesign of the ‘public realm’ in the historic centre of Poitiers. The redesign has included new paving, traffic measures, green spaces and improved lighting.

This visit will be of interest to Sustainable Development Officers; Town Planners; Tourism Officers; Town Centre Managers; Environmental Managers; Climate Change Officers and Politicians.  Numbers are limited to 25 so make sure you book early.

Click here for the visit programme and booking form.

Sustainable Transport Workshop
How to Improve Energy Efficiency and Air Quality in Historic Centres

10th October 2013
11am- 4pm, The Forum, Norwich

The Forum looking out to St Peter Mancroft church in Norwich


Is your historic centre polluted by carbon emissions? Is inefficient distribution of people and goods contributing to congestion and poor air quality? Are you on track to meet the target of an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions?

This one day workshop will look at practical measures that can improve the quality of life in our historic centres through improvements in energy efficiency and air quality - benefiting residents, visitors and the historic fabric.

Learn first hand from European case studies from:

LUCCA - Italy
DEN BOSCH - Netherlands


Heritage Europe will host this major event to be held in Norwich on the 10th October 2013.

Further information and how to register will be posted on our website in the coming weeks.

Save the date for your diary!

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 launched the new project at the “kick off” meeting of the Steering Committee held in Brussels 3-4 July 2013.

This first official gathering in Brussels brought together 13 representatives from the project’s six partner institutions to discuss project coordination issues, research methodology, data gathering and analysis, and communication matters.

Representatives from the European Commission, DG Education and Culture, Unit Culture Policy and Intercultural Dialogue and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency were also invited to learn more about the project and its objectives.

A launch event for the “Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe” project will be held on 5 December 2013 in Brussels in the framework of the European Policy Conference on Cultural Heritage to be organised by Europa Nostra on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. This will be an occasion for policy makers, civil society organisations, academics, researchers, heritage professionals and stakeholders, local, regional and national authorities, and representatives of European and international institutions to gather in support for heritage in Europe, to advocate need for the development of a true EU strategy for cultural heritage, and to learn more about the “Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe” project.

The 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. The project duration is 2 years.

EuroIndia Summit and Mission.
The 6th EuroIndia summit and mission is being organised by the EuroIndia centre in collaboration with the European Business and Technology Centre and the Confederation of Indian Industry. The Summit on “Greening Cities” will take place 21-22 October in the city of Hyderabad, India and has the support of the EU Committee of the Regions and EUROCHAMBRES and the Indian Government.

The newly formed Heritage Management Centre of Ahmedabad and the EuroIndia Centre are working on a scheme to raise heritage queries from Indian cities in need of European expertise. The scheme is designed to increase cooperation between European and Indian historic cities through the exchange of experience and good practice. Heritage Europe member cities should contact or in the first instance if they would be interested in receiving professional enquiries from Indian historic cities on a range of cultural heritage related issues. You can also visit the EuroIndia centre website for more information on the Summit and Mission, and the work of the Heritage Management Centre in Ahmedabad.

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.

Funding opportunities within the new Creative Europe programme are to be announced in mid 2013 once the programme has been agreed. It is likely that deadlines for these will be in late 2013, but this is still to be announced. 

Latest information can be found at the website and click here to view the presentation on the new Creative Europe programme given to European Cultural Networks by Ann Branch, Head of Unit Culture Programmes and Actions, European Commission.

Major International Conference, Koblenz, Germany - Update Report

“Representing Public Interest? Cultural Heritage amidst the Tension of Conflicting Values“

KEY TOPIC: Cross-sectoral strategies that safeguard the future of European Cultural Heritage 

As part of the on-going programme of events for the HISTCAPE project the partners held the first Major International Conference in Koblenz on the 4th June 2013

Koblenz viewed from Fortress Ehrenbreitstein showing the “Deutsches Eck” where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet.

Heritage Europe Bureau members and a delegation from Rural Development Styria, Austria accompanied the project partners on a study visit to the towns of Oberwesel, Boppard and Braubach in the Middle Rhine Valley to learn about examples of best practice

Oberwesel – visit to the former “Minoriten” monastery

View of the Rhine from Marksburg Castle, Braubach

Visit the Histcape project website for the photo gallery of the event, more news and upcoming events.

Membership Update The University of Ljubljana, Slovenia a HISTCAPE project partner has recently confirmed their intention to join Heritage Europe following our recent meeting in Koblenz.