The Chronicle

Seasons Greetings
and Best Wishes for 2014

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

29-30 January 2014 Brussels, Belgium - Committee of the Regions' conference on cultural and creative sectors

Towards the background of new EU funding opportunities for the period 2014-2020, the Committee of the Regions' conference on 29/30 January 2014 will bring together policy-makers, experts, creative minds and trend watchers, artists and representatives of European associations and international organisations. Success stories from cultural and creative sectors and their impact on local development will be discussed.

The event will also facilitate 'creative networking' with representatives of selected projects from different cultural and creative institutions, organisations and networks as well as information sessions on the 'Creative Europe' programme.

Visit for more information and how to register.

17-18 February 2014, Brussels Belgium:  CiTIEs:
Cities of Tomorrow: Investing in Europe

The European Commission is organising a series of events to debate how Member States and EU institutions should work together to ensure that cities play their full role in European development – and that their needs are fully reflected in policy thinking.

More than two thirds of EU citizens live in cities or other urban areas – but does policy making in the EU reflect the realities of today's Europe? As calls grow for an EU Urban Agenda, the European Commission will host a cluster of events "CiTIEs: Cities of Tomorrow: Investing in Europe" held in Brussels 17-18 February 2014. It will be a crucial opportunity to shape a debate that matters to all of us.

Save the dates 17-18 February 2014 for this important urban event.

For further information please contact:

19-21 March 2014, Tomar Portugal:
“REHAB 2014” International Conference on Preservation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Historical Buildings and Structures

Deadline for abstracts submission: to be announced.
Full papers submission: to be announced.

Detailed information will be available soon at

Or contact

24 March 2014, Tibăes Portugal.
The first HISTCAPE Open Conference of the new year is to be held in the monastery of Saint Martin of Tibăes near the city of Braga, Northern Portugal and will be hosted by the Northern Portugal Regional Directorate for Culture (NRCD, Portugal).

Visit for more information

3-5 June 2014 Ankara, Turkey.
9th International Symposium on the Conservation of Monuments in the Mediterranean Basin will be held in 3-5 June 2014 in Ankara, Turkey organised by the Materials Conservation Laboratory, Department of Architecture, Middle East Technical University in Ankara.

The conference in Ankara follows on from previous symposia in Bari (1989), Geneva (1991), Venice (1994), Rhodes (1997), Seville (2000), Lisbon (2004), Orléans (2007) and Patras (2010) in the name of International Group on the Conservation of Monuments in the Mediterranean Basin (I.G.C.M.M.).

The theme chosen for this symposium is “IMPROVEMENTS IN CONSERVATION AND REHABILITATION - INTEGRATED METHODOLOGIES”, with the aim of building up stronger links between the scientific research results and conservation practice. 

Contact Symposium Secretariat at or visit

18-20 June 2014 Paris, France.
EURA-UAA Joint Conference 2014:”City Futures III” Cities as Strategic Places and Players in a Globalized World.

The European Urban Research Association (EURA) and the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) will hold their third Joint Conference on City Futures in Paris on 18-20 June 2014.
Further information 

19-21 June 2014, Turin Italy.Study of the built environment” 
The third pan-European meeting of the European Architectural History Network proposes to increase the visibility of the discipline, to foster transnational, interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches to the study of the built environment, and to facilitate the exchange of research results in the field. Visit for further details

22 - 25 July 2014, Guimarăes PortugalHERITAGE 2014” 4th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development
Deadline for abstracts submission: To be announced
Full papers submission deadline: To be announced
Detailed information will be available soon at or contact

Projects Update

HISTCAPE: The 5th HISTCAPE OPEN CONFERENCE was held on 11th September 2013 at the Cultural Centre of San Francesco in Arcevia Regione Marche, Italy.  The Open Conference was twinned with an afternoon regional conference under the umbrella title "LANDSCAPE, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING" attracting wide attendance and media attention.

Speakers included the Mayor of Arcevia and the Marche Film Commission amongst many others. The conferences were followed by study visits which gave the HISTCAPE partners the opportunity to view outstanding rural landscapes, monuments and urban settlements, such as the Frasassi Caves, the Castles of Arcevia and the renaissance town of Urbino.

Click here for the full conference report

HISTCAPE’s 1st Open Conference in the new year will be held at the Monastery of Tibăes, on 25th March 2014, and will be hosted by the Northern Portugal Regional Directorate for Culture (NRCD, Portugal)

Monastery of Tibăes

The event aims to present some of the best practice identified by NRCD, Portugal, as well as address intervention strategies on Cultural Heritage in rural areas. Special focus will be on the safeguarding of assets and economic sustainability. The approaches of other HISTCAPE project partners will be also presented and discussed.

For further updates on the project progress and latest news visit

ENCLOSE: The ENCLOSE project, looking at energy efficient and sustainable urban logistics in small to medium size historic towns, held its 4th Consortium partner meeting in Norwich (UK) on the 8th and 9th October 2013. The project is entering its next phase in 2014 with a number of events planned such as the continuing programme of Awareness Raising Events in the various partner and follower cities.

Read the article on “Smart Cities” by project leader Giorgio Ambrosino.

For updates on the project and latest newsletter visit

LIFE+PERHT: The second PERHT monitoring meeting was held in Treviso, Italy on the 19th November 2013.The main purpose of the meeting was the launch of a new “App” for smart phones giving real time information on on-street parking, cycle availability and public transport services within the historic city of Treviso.

Visit for updates and latest news.

The recent workshop entitled “Sustainable Transport” held in Norwich in October, organised by Heritage Europe and part funded by the PERHT project, was hailed as a great success by all participants - see main article above

Click here for the presentation from PERHT consortium partner ACTT, Treviso

Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe (CHCFE)


CHCFE Steering Committee

The project aims to raise greater awareness on the multiple benefits of cultural heritage and present policy recommendations for tapping into the full potential of heritage. This cooperation project brings together 6 organisations representing 4 different countries (Belgium, The Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom). Through the extensive European networks of all partners, and in particular through the close involvement of the policy grouping “European Heritage Alliance 3.3.” with its 29 participating European or international networks active in the field of heritage, the project will mobilise participation from all over Europe and thereby take on a truly pan-European scope.

The project steering committee held its second meeting in Brussels on 4th December to discuss the next phase of the project's development which was to agree the study methodology to be followed by the research partners.

Creative Europe - Update on new funding programme.

Creative Europe will replace the MEDIA, MEDIA Mundus and Culture programmes. With a total budget of € 1.4 billion (2014 – 2020), Creative Europe represents a budget increase of 9 % compared to the previous programmes. A political agreement has been reached, the European Parliament approved the new programme on 19 November, and  definite adoption by the Council is expected to follow shortly. Creative Europe is planned to enter into force in January 2014.The 1st Call for Proposals under the new programme was announced on 11 December – click below for more details.

Creative Europe will build on the successes of the previous programmes. The aim is to further strengthen cross border cooperation between the creative sectors within the EU and beyond. Through Creative Europe the cultural and creative sectors will contribute to cultural diversity as well as to growth and jobs in Europe in line with the "Europe 2020 Strategy" for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Latest information can be found on the Website

Study Visit to Poitiers,
4 - 5 September 2013 Europe in association with the City of Poitiers held their 2013 study visit to the city of Poitiers 4-5 September.The 2000 year old city, capital of the Poitu-Charentes region showcased 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.

The study visit was well attended by participants ranging from politicians, surveyors, International officers, engineers, architects, technical officers and advisors representing Heritage Europe City members, NGOs, and national heritage associations 

Click below for the Study Visit Presentations:

Presentations: One (318.85mbs) Two (54.17mbs) Three (35.17mbs)

Sustainable Transport Workshop 10 October 2013

The one day workshop held at The Forum in Norwich, UK organised by Heritage Europe as part of the ENCLOSE and PERHT projects was hailed as a great success by all participants. The seminar / workshop welcomed 47 delegates from 17 European countries.

The workshop looked 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.

European case studies from LUCCA – Italy, TRONDHEIM – Norway, DEN BOSCH - Netherlands, TREVISO – Italy, and NORWICH - UK presented examples of good practice in freight logistics, urban mobility, energy efficiency in transporting both goods and people - all measures aimed at improving mobility, and reducing environmental impacts in historic city centres notably through the reduction of CO2 emissions to meet EU targets for 2020 and beyond.

Heritage Europe President Dr Louis Roppe
gives the opening address.

Brian Smith Heritage Europe Secretary General concludes the workshop and opens the floor for questions

The presentations produced interesting and lively questions both during and at the summing up of the workshop – chaired by Heritage Europe’s Secretary General Brian Smith. All agreed on the value of such events and delegates would take back ideas and examples of good practice as practical measures they could implement on the ground.

Programme and List of participants.


Introduction to PROJECTS

Urban Logistics Innovation in a mid-size Historic City - Lucca

Towards a Zero CO2 Postal Distribution System in Trondheim

Parking Systems and Integrated Mobility - the LIFE+ PERHT project

Developing a Sustainable Transport System for Norwich

“Cultural Heritage for Europe - Europe for Cultural Heritage”. European Heritage Policy Conference - Brussels 5th December 2013

The European Policy Conference on Cultural Heritage organised by Europa Nostra on the occasion of its 50th anniversary was 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 the need for the development of a true EU strategy for cultural heritage, and to learn more about the “Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe” project.

Heritage Europe’s Secretary General Brian Smith was a member of the panel discussing the role of heritage in “Contributing to Sustainable Development”. Other panels discussed “Engaging Communities” and “Heritage movement without Borders”

Click here for the conference programme.

The conference was also the occasion for the official launch ceremony of the “Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe” project. The project approved for funding in February 2013 held its second steering committee meeting on the 4th December in the morning followed by an open session meeting with the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 members in the afternoon

Heritage Europe member secures funding for new partnership with the Devetaki Plateau Association, Bulgaria

Heritage Europe member Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust (Great Yarmouth Borough Council, UK) has been awarded funding from the Headley Trust for a new project to deliver traditional skills training in Bulgaria. The Trust will be working in partnership with the Devetaki Plateau Association, a Bulgarian NGO. The two organisations are sharing knowledge, skills and experience to work together in tackling common problems of the loss of traditional building skills, the erosion of cultural heritage and issues of high unemployment and social deprivation
Working together the two organisations will increase local skills, create employment opportunities, support tourism and safeguard the historic built environment.  The project will begin in early 2014.

The Devetaki Plateau is made up of a collection of villages representing a rare architectural survival. The buildings are constructed from clay, stone and timber using vernacular building techniques dating back hundreds of years. These local materials have shaped the character of the historic built environment creating local distinctiveness and adding to the rich cultural tradition.

Vernacular building in Bulgaria 3Traditional Building in North Bulgaria
Vernacular building in Bulgaria 2Vernacular building in Bulgaria

The images show typical vernacular buildings and the use of local materials on the Devetaki Plateau in Bulgaria.

If you are interested in finding out more and the possibilities of involvement in the project contact Darren Barker Principal Conservation Officer, Great Yarmouth Borough Council. Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust at

Find out more on both organisations by visiting: and

The meeting was followed in the afternoon by an open session with European Heritage Alliance 3.3 members. This was also the opportunity to present the project CHCFE and for members of the Alliance to make their own contributions. The meeting was attended by member organisations of the Alliance, representing the full spectrum of Cultural Heritage associations and professionals from across Europe. See also article on "European Heritage Policy Conference" above.