“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.
Sustainable Transport Workshop – Update
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 46 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.
View the presentations:
Introduction to PROJECTS
Urban Logistics Innovation in a mid-size Historic City – Lucca
Towards a Zero CO2 Postal Distribution System in Trondheim
Heritage Europe member secures funding for new partnership with the Devetaki Plateau Association, Bulgaria
Heritage Europe member Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust 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.
Members interested in finding out more and the possibilities of involvement in the project should contact Darren Barker Principal Conservation Officer, Great Yarmouth Borough Council. Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more on both organisations by visiting: www.greatyarmouthpreservationtrust.org and www.devetakiplateau.org
Creative Europe - Update on new funding programme.
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. A political agreement has been reached, the European Parliament approved the new programme on 19 November, and adopted by the Council. Creative Europe entered into force in January 2014.
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 at the website
Dates for your Diary….
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 www.rehab2014.greenlines-institute.org or contact email@example.com for more information.
24 March 2014, Tibães Portugal. The first HISTCAPE Open Conference of the new year is to be held in the monastery of Saint Martin of Tibães near the city of Braga, Northern Portugal and will be hosted by the Northern Portugal Regional Directorate for Culture (NRCD, Portugal).
Visit www.histcape.eu for more information.
7 April 2014, Vaxjo Sweden. Workshop on urban logistics planning. As part of the IEE ENCLOSE project the partners are holding a workshop "Planning for sustainable city logistics policies and measures in small and medium sized European cities" taking place in the afternoon of Monday 7th April at the Konserthus, Vaxjo.
For information on the workshop and invitation as well as how to register click here or visit http://simplesignup.se/event/39972
For the latest press release on the workshop click here
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 the conservation practice.
Contact Symposium Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.monubasin9.org
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 on http://cityfutures2014.org
22 - 25 July 2014, Guimarães Portugal “HERITAGE 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 www.heritage2014.greenlines-institute.org contact email@example.com
Study Visit to Poitiers - Visit Update
Heritage Europe in association with the City of Poitiers recently held their 2013 study visit to the city of Poitiers.
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.
For the visit programme: click here!
Click below for the Study Visit Presentations:
Presentations: One (318.85mbs) • Two (54.17mbs) • Three (35.17mbs)
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 updates and for the latest project newsletter click here
PERHT –this project comes under the LIFE +
2011programme “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 is a partner in this European project which was approved for EU funding at the beginning of October 2012. The project "kick off" meeting was held in Treviso Italy on the 22nd October 2012.
Click here for the project
For more details and up to date information on the project's progress go to www.perht-lifeplus.org
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - Guidelines
Heritage Europe set up a working group of experts to
produce the Sustainable Cultural Tourism Guidelines which were completed in 2010.
The purpose of these guidelines is to show
how cultural tourism can be developed to
realise its economic and social potential but
in a more sustainable way.
The guidelines aim to achieve an integrated
and consistent approach to promoting
The Guidelines are intended for use principally by policy makers and practitioners within municipalities and those governmental agencies best placed to influence more sustainable approaches to cultural tourism.
They are designed to help decision makers openly assess their current approach and to develop a clear plan of action relevant to local circumstances.
The Sustainable Cultural Tourism Guidelines are
available as a download in both summary and full versions. Printed copies of the
summary are also available in both English and French – please contact the
Secretariat at: - email@example.com
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
for the first time in Brussels on September 7th 2011 with further meetings taking place in 2012 and 2013.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
Heritage Europe's campaign to
attract new members continues 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 ENCLOSE project partner MemEx S.r.l. Italy.We look forward to their active participation in the work of our Association.
Go to Members to see the full listing.
Heritage Europe - Join Us
By working together you can help us represent the vital interests of
European Historic Towns and Regions.
To “Join Us” E-mail your details TODAY to:
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. We supported a very successful experience exchange between, Delft, Netherlands and Newcastle on Tyne, UK in 2011 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.