“The European Association of Historic Towns and Regions” by the Council of Europe in October 1999 as part of the initiative “Europe – A Common Heritage”.
Heritage Europe was formed as
We aim to promote the interests of Europe’s historic cities through international cooperation between heritage organisations and historic towns - sharing experience and good practice and promoting the sustainable management of historic areas.
We have members in 30 European countries and through our membership arrangements represent over 1000 historic towns and cities.
Dates for your Diary….
4 June 2013 Koblenz, Germany - “Cultural Heritage in the Heart of 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 hosted by project partner GDKE in the historic Prussian "Fortress Ehrenbreitstein", an outstanding example of good practice in the field of monument preservation.
Bookings are now being taken. To register your place please send an
email to Natalie.Eimertenbrink@gdke.rlp.de
13-17 June 2013 Athens, Greece. Europa Nostra European Heritage Congress. TheCongress 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.
Click here for the Congress programme and how to register
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 www.cesb.cz 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.
See the TICCIH website www.ticcih.org 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 www.industrial-archaeology.org/aconf for the conference programme and details of how to register.
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 the International Council of Museums, it is supported by the City of Dubrovnik and Croatian Ministry of Culture.For more information visit: www.thebestinheritage.com/conference/programme
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 contact: email@example.com
8-10 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.
For more details on the project visit www.enclose.eu
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16-23 October 2013 Hyderabad,Andhra Pradesh State, India.6th EuroIndia Summit and European Field Mission.
The EuroIndia Centre will be holding its 6th EuroIndia Summit on "Greening Cities" in October 2013, along with a European field Mission.The event which is officially supported by the Committee of the Regions is organised in co-operation with the European business and Technology Centre and the Confederation of Indian Industry.
The summit and Mission will address some of the most topical issues related to urban sustainable cities such as smart inclusive cities,sustainable urban mobility, urban heritage management and tourism development.
Visit www.the-euroindia-centre.org for more information, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register
HISTCAPE: "HISTorical assets and related landsCAPE"
This INTERREG IVC project will focus on small historic towns and the preservation of rural historic assets. Heritage Europe is one of 12 partners in this project representing 12 regions spread over 11 EU countries. The geographical spread will enable the project to address shared problems at local, regional, national and European levels.
HISTCAPE aims to arrest the decline of historical assets in rural areas. It plans to do this by developing sustainable management solutions to help responsible bodies develop a more dynamic view of cultural heritage assets in rural areas.
For the project overview - Read more...
Latest news on the project and activities can be found at - www.histcape.eu
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.
We are inviting historic towns who are interested in the project to join a special group of non partner cities. An initial step is to complete the survey questionnaire linked below and return to us.
Survey Questionnaire. Read more...
Visit www.enclose.eu for project details and for the latest project newsletter click here
PERHT –this project comes under the LIFE +
2011 programme “Environmental Policy and Governance”. Aimed at small to medium
sized historic towns it aims to look at issues related to transport (people and
goods) and mobility in their historic urban centres.
Heritage Europe has been invited to be a partner in this European project which has recently been approved for EU funding. The project "kick off" meeting was held in Treviso Italy on the 22nd October 2012.
Click here for the project
HerO - “Heritage as Opportunity” was an
Urbact II project looking at a methodology for a more integrated approach to the
management of historic towns.In particular it showed how historic towns can
benefit from EU structural funds.
The project partners
worked closely with Heritage Europe in the development and production of
the final documents.The 'Road to Success' reports now published provide details
about the project (the HerO Brochure). Policy recommendations are aimed at the
Mayors and decision makers of Europe's historic cities. The Guidebook shows how
to deliver a more integrated approach to the sustainable mangement of historic
towns and is aimed at practioners. Flagship projects list succesful projects
that have attracted significant funding form the European Structural Funds and
the Good Practice compilation sets out a wide range of case studies from the
partner cities. Lastly the Strategy Paper aims to influence future EU policy
presenting the case for more priority to be given to realising the untapped
potential of cultural heritage in the period 2014 -2020. Download your
copies now –click on the
individual reports here:
For more information on the HerO Project visit www.urbact.eu/hero .
Printed versions of all documents are also available – please
contact via e-mail to: email@example.com
INHERIT - Investing in Heritage
A Guide to Succesful Urban Regeneration
'Investing in Heritage – A guide to successful Urban Regeneration' presents a powerful and convincing analysis of good practice with clear recommendations aimed at local and regional authorities across Europe, on how to successfully regenerate cities through investing in heritage.
The full report is now available on-line.
Full Report pdf (2.69mb)
Sustainable Cultural Tourism Project - IMPACTS
Heritage Europe has received interest from several European historic towns and regional
authorities in a proposed project "IMPACTS" based on the Sustainable Tourism
Guidelines produced in 2010. The group of experts set up by Heritage Europe to
produce the original guidelines has also shown interest in continuing to advise on the new project.
The potential partners expressing an interest in “ IMPACTS” are:- Dubrovnik (HR), Gent (BE),
Valletta (MT), Province of Friesland (NL), Province of Reggio Emilia (IT), Nis
(RS), Shrewsbury (UK), Osmangazi (TR), Niksar (TR), and Liège (BE).
Following a meeting of the expert group and representatives of the partner
cities,held at the headquarters of English Heritage in London in June 2011, an
outline proposal for the project was drafted and circulated to all the potential
partners. The IMPACTS project will be coordinated by Heritage Europe's lead expert, Brian Human.
Click here for the outline proposal. Read
The Sustainable Cultural Tourism Guidelines are
available as a download in both summary and full versions. Click here to dowload. Printed copies of the
summary are also available in both English and French – please contact the
Secretariat at: - firstname.lastname@example.org
European Heritage Alliance 3.3
Heritage Europe is working with Europa Nostra and a wide range of European
heritage organisations in the newly formed European Heritage
Heritage Europe's Secretary General Brian Smith
said, speaking at the launch conference in Amsterdam in June 2011- "the time is now right
for European heritage organisations to work together to ensure future EU policy
reflects the needs of cultural heritage and historic towns".
A working group, including Heritage Europe, has been established and met
in Brussels on September 7th 2011 with a further meeting taking place in April 2012.The aim is to produce a strategy document to directly influence future EU policy on cultural and natural
A letter setting out the Alliance's aims, co-signed by Heritage Europe's Secretary General Brian Smith and Europa Nostra's Secretary General Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic, has been sent to European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou along with the first jointly produced document "Towards an EU Strategy for Cultural Heritage - The Case for Research"
Read more... Members... Letter...
As part of this new joint approach Heritage Europe is backing the "we are
more" campaign launched by Culture Action Europe in partnership with the
European Cultural Foundation.For more information on the European Heritage
Alliance 3.3 and to give your support to the campaign - click here
For more information on the European Heritage Alliance visit the website www.europeanheritagealliance.eu
We are continuing to roll out our campaign to
attract new members with particular emphasis on individual towns/cities. The
campaign is proving to be a success with several new member towns/ cities
joining the association. Heritage Europe is pleased to welcome -
Birgi Municipality,Turkey; Youghal, Ireland; Lugoj, Romania; Tarsus,Turkey; Great Yarmouth, UK; Sibiu, Romania; Korcula, Croatia; Pula, Croatia; Vukovar, Croatia as full city members and we look forward to their active participation in the work of our Association.
Go to Members to see the full listing.
Experience Exchange…. Nominate a member of your team now!
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 a week. All expenses will be paid in return for a short report on the lessons learned. Last year we supported a very successful experience exchange between, Delft, Netherlands and Newcastle on Tyne, UK, and 2012 saw the programme continue with an exchange between the member cities of Sighisoara, Romania and the Slovenian historic towns of Skofja Loka and Kranj.
Download the exchange visit reports here.