EUROPE – Europa Nostra at Salon International du Patrimoine Culturel 2009

Europa Nostra was present at the Parisian Salon International du Patrimoine culturel 2009 (4-8 November). French Minister of Culture, Frédéric Mitterrand, and State Secretary for Trade & Heritage Industries, Hervé Novelli, visited the stand to appreciate the important work being done in support of Europe’s cultural heritage by Europa Nostra and its members.

Europa Nostra contributed 3 heritage experts to the panel discussion on Religious Heritage organised by the French Association of Heritage Journalists (AJPat). These special guests, Rossana Bettinelli (Italia Nostra), Caroline d’Assay (Pro Patrimonio France), and Crispin Truman (The Churches Conservation Trust, UK), also gave short presentations at the EN stand about the religious heritage of Italy, Romania and the UK respectively, emphasising the grave threats churches face due to demographic changes and neglect, and from forces of nature and misguided development. Ensuring a continued use of, and potentially different functions for, places of worship is seen as crucial to ensuring their preservation and sustainable life through future generations.

In addition Europa Nostra organised a well attended discussion on the placing of wind-turbines within view of Mont Saint Michel.

For further information: www.europanostra.org

UK – The Churches Conservation Trust celebrates 40th anniversary

During 2009, The Churches Conservation Trust celebrates 40 years of saving historic churches at risk. Numerous events during the year have been used to thank those who have contributed to achievements since 1969 – donors, volunteers, architects, contractors, craftspeople and staff. A highlight was the Service of Thanksgiving held at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday 16 September 2009. Photos are now on their website: http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/westminsterphotos/

The Churches Conservation Trust is a national charity protecting historic churches at risk. They care for over 340 special buildings which attract more than 1.5 million visitors a year. They are kept open, in use and free to all – living once again at the heart of their communities. For further information: www.visitchurches.org.uk