The Chronicle

Newsletter - Summer 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

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 weblink... 

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.

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1-2 July 2014, Ghent Belgium. CHeriScape, Cultural Heritage in Landscape. Conference I: “Landscape as Heritage in Policy” will take place in Ghent Belgium 1-2 July at the Culture and Congress centre of the University of Ghent. CHeriScape is one of ten projects funded under the transnational pilot call of the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage.

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4 July 2014 Brussels, Belgium. 4th ENCATC Annual Policy Debate – Responding to the crisis with culture – towards new models of business and governance for the cultural sector”

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9 - 10 July 2014 Munich, Germany. Final conference of the EU research project 'Climate for Culture': Public presentation of the results. The conference will take place at the Max-Joseph-Saal and Kaisersaal, Munich Residenz, Residenzstr. 1, 80333 Munich, Germany.

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10-11 July 2014 Eindhoven, Netherlands. The first workshop “Understanding Heritage Values” will take place at the Eindhoven University of Technology is a European project aimed at discussing and understanding Heritage Values.

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22 - 25 July 2014, Guimarães 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: weblink.

2-6 September 2014, Chichester, UK. European Walled Towns Symposium. The EWT symposium will be held in Chichester, UK in September.

Details will be posted on EWT website: weblink... as soon as available.

25-27 September 2014, Dubrovnik Croatia. The Best in Heritage 2014. The Best in Heritage is an annual survey of award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects. Organised under special patronage of ICOM and in partnership with Europa Nostra, it is supported by The City of Dubrovnik and Croatian Ministry of Culture. The conference programme features examples of best practices from the field of museums and heritage. Twenty-four laureates awarded in 2013, coming from all over the world, will present their achievements and take part in Q&A sessions and moderated panels.

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26-27 September 2014, Rome Italy. The 2nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. The 2nd ICSD 2014 will be held at the Sapienza University of Rome, from Friday 26 to Saturday 27 September, 2014. The Conference theme is: "Creating a unified foundation for Sustainable Development: research, practice and education".

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29-30 September 2014, Madrid Spain. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN HISTORIC BUILDINGS: EXPERIENCES & SOLUTIONS. How to improve the energy efficiency of historic buildings while preserving their historic character, values and historical integrity. The conference will be held in the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Madrid.

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10-11 October 2014, Athens Greece. International meeting-“Cultural Landscapes in Natura 2000 sites: towards a new policy for the integrated management of cultural and natural heritage”

Download the preliminary programme and general information.

21 October 2014, Brussels, Belgium. ENCLOSE project Final Conference. The project’s final conference “The Sustainable Urban Logistic Plan: A key element for the future of the small and medium city” will be held in the city of Brussels, Belgium.

Further details will be available soon on the project website weblink...

Projects Update

enclose%20logoENCLOSE: The ENCLOSE project, looking at energy efficient and sustainable urban logistics in small to medium size historic towns is entering its next and final phase with a number of events planned during 2014 such as the continuing programme of Awareness Raising Events in the various partner and follower cities. The project will hold its final conference in October 2014 in Burgos, Spain (see “Dates for your Diary” above), and the project results and outcomes will be published in 2015.

On the 7th April 2014 the partnership held an international workshop in the city of Växjö, Sweden which coincided with the 5th project Consortium Meeting combined with a technical study visit. The workshop specifically dealt with the issue of “Planning for sustainable city logistics policies and measures in small and mid-sized European cities”.
This presented the consortium partners with the opportunity to learn from the Nordic experience.


Links to all the presentations are show below:

VTI - Jenny Karlsson

Umea Municipality - Lina Samuelsson     

MemEx - Giorgio Ambrosino

Malmo Municipality - Max Hanander

Lucca Municipality - Mauro Di Bugno

Logical Town Association - Stefan Guerra

Burgos Asociacion Plan Estrategico - Rocio Rojo

Chalmers University of Technology - Maria Lindholm

European Energy Agency - Alfredo Sanchez

For updates on the project and latest newsletter visit weblink...

perht_logoLIFE+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: weblink... for updates and latest news.
The workshop entitled “Sustainable Transport” held in Norwich in October 2013, organised by Heritage Europe and part funded by the PERHT project, was hailed as a great success by all participants – 47 delegates from 17 European countries – and there was a strong wish amongst all participants for similar workshops to be held in the future.                                            
Click here for the presentation from PERHT consortium partner ACTT, Treviso Italy.

CHCFE Consortium group
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’s work will result in a European mapping of both qualitative and quantitative evidence-based research carried out at the European, national, regional, local and/or sectoral levels.

The project Steering Committee recently held its third meeting in Leuven, Belgium at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC) on 19th May 2014 to discuss the next phase of the project’s development and as part of the next phase the project seeks to collect as much data and evaluation studies of cases or projects as possible so...

For more information on how you can contribute. Click here English and French.

logo finalHISTCAPE’s1st Open Conference in the new year was held at the Monastery of Tibães, on 25th March 2014 hosted by the Northern Portugal Regional Directorate for Culture (NRCD, Portugal)

Histcape conference gets underway at the Monastery of Tibães    

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

For further updates on the project progress and latest news: weblink...

EU Presidency Conference

“Heritage First! Towards a Common Approach for a Sustainable Europe”  Athens 6-8 April 2014

Heritage Europe’s Secretary General Brian Smith presents paper “The Historic City - Model of Sustainability and Catalyst for Creativity”.

The conference took place in the context of the Hellenic EU Presidency organized by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. The Greek Minister of Culture and Sports, Panos Panagiotopoulos, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni, and the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou opened the event. Click here for Commissioner Vassiliou's opening speech.

Heritage Europe Secretary General Brian Smith addressing Conference.

The conference aims were to stress the decisive and distinctive contribution of cultural heritage to sustainable economic and social development, with a view to enhancing the potential of cultural heritage as a key resource for delivering the objectives of the EU 2020 Strategy.

Click here for the Heritage Europe presentation.

The conclusions were presented to the Council of the European Union - see below

EU Council Conclusions on Cultural Heritage just adopted!

For the first time ever, the Council of the European Union has adopted Conclusions on cultural heritage as a strategic resource for a sustainable Europe.

Under the leadership of the Hellenic Presidency of the European Union, the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council adopted these historic conclusions at its meeting on 21 May in Brussels. The conclusions call for more resources to be invested in cultural heritage and for the mainstreaming of cultural heritage in national and European policies. Member States are invited to consider including cultural heritage in the framework of the next Council Work Plan for Culture which will be implemented from 2015 onwards.

Photos: © Council of the European Union

Full text of the conclusions here

Cultural Heritage and Horizon 2020

Heritage Europe Secretary General, Brian Smith has been invited to be a member of an EU Commission Expert Group on Cultural Heritage Research and Innovation. The group will work over the next year on recommendations for a new agenda for research and innovation on Cultural Heritage.

- Heritage Europe submits funding bid.

Heritage Europe has submitted a bid for funding under the new Creative Europe programme to support an extensive work programme over the period 2014-2017.

The bid will be assessed over the coming months, and if successful will enable Heritage Europe to carry out an extensive programme of workshops, study visits, conferences and experience exchanges over the next 3 years. The programme will build on Heritage Europe’s continuing work in sharing knowledge and experience and international cooperation in the field of Cultural Heritage.

Creative Europe replaces 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. The European Parliament approved the new programme on 19 November, and was adopted by the Council shortly afterwards.

Creative Europe officially entered into force in January 2014.The 1st Call for Proposals under the new programme were announced on 10th December 2013 – 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.

More information can be found at the website

Logo, Future for Religious Heritage (FRH) - The European network for historic places of worshipSecular Europe backs religiousheritage - 4 out of 5
Europeans think that religious buildings are essential for community life, and want them used more widely. A poll run in April 2014 by the network Future for Religious Heritage (FRH), conducted by Sociovision and Toluna, shows that Europeans of all generations have a strong attachment to their religious buildings and want to safeguard them for the future.

Olivier de Rohan Chabot, President of FRH says:
“Europe’s religious heritage is under threat and the buildings are often ill adapted to the needs of modern society. Knowledge transfer and innovation will be needed on a European level if this remarkable patrimony is to be handed down to future generations.”

Visit weblink... and download the full report


New Projects

Horizon 2020 – Heritage Europe has been invited to participate in a proposed new project under the Horizon 2020 programme. The project “EDHERA” will look at energy efficiency in historic buildings and its specific objective will be to develop processes, tools and strategies for retrieving and organizing information and data required to generate cost effective and energy efficient renovation strategies for historic buildings.

If the funding bid is successful the project duration will be 3 years with a start date later in summer 2014

For further information on the project contact lead organisation Agency for Energy and Sustainable Development (AESS) in Modena, Italy weblink... or go to the Horizon2020 site: weblink... for full listing of programmes and other news.

SHUC- A Sustainable Future for the Historic Urban Core” a JPI - JHEP JOINT PILOT TRANSNATIONAL CALL for Joint Research

Projects on Cultural Heritage.
This project proposes to establish a collaborative network of researchers with a common interest in changing practices in urban planning and management of historic cities. It brings together research on planning practices for the historic urban core from three countries to apply a common theoretical framework.
Read the full project proposal here


EU Prize for Cultural Heritage /Europa Nostra Awards 2014.

The 27 laureates, selected from 160 nominated projects across 30 countries, are honoured for achievements in four areas: conservation; research; dedicated service; education, training and awareness-raising. The award ceremony took place on 5 May at the Burgtheater in Vienna, under the patronage of the President of Austria, Heinz Fischer. Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, the opera singer and President of Europa Nostra, jointly presented the awards.


Photo Oreste Schaller

We are pleased to report that Norwich HEART and Norwich City partners (UK) jointly with Ghent City Council (BE) have been awarded a prize under the Education, Training and Awareness-Raising category for their project “SHAPING 24”. The project links iconic Norwich buildings with 12 heritage sites in Ghent. To find out more information about the “SHAPING 24” project visit weblink...

Go to: weblink... for press release and full list of winners


The ENCLOSE project partners recently visited Intertraffic Amsterdam 2014. The International trade fair took place from 25 - 28 March 2014 in the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre. Almost 26,000 visitors from 123 different countries worldwide were registered during the event.

The ENCLOSE partners had the opportunity to discuss with local public authorities, research institutions and universities the challenges and opportunities of planning sustainable urban logistics and the results achieved so far by the ENCLOSE project.





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