FRANCE – Young unemployed trained in conservation work


They are car mechanics or lumberjacks, just twenty years old, and cannot find work. The department of Vichy and the Fondation du Patrimoine have set up an introductory trajectory and education to train five young job seekers in different ancient crafts needed for heritage conservation work. The five were selected from a group of twenty, depending on their motivation.

Read the full article in French here.

BELGIUM – “Heritage Counts” International Conference 3-6 Feb. 2015, Leuven


This international conference on the economic, social, environmental and cultural impact of immovable heritage will take place from 3-6 February 2015 in Leuven, Belgium. Organised by the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC) at KU Leuven in collaboration with Europa Nostra, this event will bring together European policymakers and international researchers involved in cultural heritage. This edition of the RLICC’s yearly Thematic Week grew out of the valorisation actions implemented within the Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe project.

“Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe: Towards a European Index for Cultural Heritage”(CHCFE) is a two-year project funded by the EU Culture Programme (2007-2013) that aims to raise greater awareness on the multiple benefits of cultural heritage and present policy recommendations for tapping into heritage’s full potential. As the CHCFE project gains momentum analysing existing evidence of the many impacts of cultural heritage in Europe, the project consortium would like to present you with the latest project news and updates.

For more information about this project:

ITALY – Florence Art and Restoration Fair, Fortezza da Basso, 13 – 15 November


The invitation letter from the organizers:


We are writing to invite you to the fourth International Art and Restoration Fair in Florence which will take place from 13 to 15 November 2014 at the Fortezza da Basso Exhibition Centre.  It will be an event of extremely high relevance for the restoration, conservation and preservation of our cultural heritage.
We are working in partnership with and are supported by many prestigious national and international organisations. This year’s Fair will be bigger and better than previous events with more scientific and cultural activities as part of the programme. We are expecting over 20,000 visitors and already have had confirmation of attendance from high profile, national and international delegates. 
In collaboration with ICE International Trade Institute and ICOMOS, the Fair is organisingB2B meetings for networking between Italian and international companies on Saturday 15 November. As a result of the above efforts, EXPO Milano 2015 are now among our long list of patrons.

You may participate by attending, hiring an exhibition or desk space, advertising or sponsorship.  You are also welcome to organise a cultural or scientific event. Please note that for all events to be approved and exhibitions to be booked, we need to receive the relevant information and documents before the various deadlines.
Book your stand stand or event at the Florence Art and Restoration Fair:
·      Desk Promotion 4msq + event from € 640 instead of € 760
·      Show box, unfurnished area 4/8 mq for activity demonstrations from € 500 instead of € 970
·      Stand Furnished 12 msq + event from € 2.000
·      Stand Unfurnished 12 msq + event from € 1.800
·      Display Panel 100x250cm + graphic design and printing from € 500
·      One hour event from € 600
·      Two hours event from € 1.200

All relevant documents can be downloaded from
 If you require more information please do not hesitate to contact us or visit our website at 

I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards,
The Commercial Office 

Highlights of 2014:
-      The 18th International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) General Assembly will take place at the same time as the Fair.  Over 1500 international delegates will attend the organisations tri-annual meeting 
-       The BtoB meetings will take place on Sunday 15th from 10.00 to 14.00
-      The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage Activities and Tourism (MiBACT) have confirmed attendance with an official stand and events  
-      The Fair has the patronage EXPO 2015 SpA. the organisers of EXPO Milano 2015 
-      The “Friends of Florence – Florence Restoration Fair 2014 Prize” Award Ceremony will take place during the Fair.  20.000 euros will be given to a cultural heritage restoration project 
-      The “Florence Youth & Heritage Festival” will take place at the same time as the Fair.  The Festival combines tradition and intercultural dialogue with a focus on the role of young people.  The are three online contests in photography, graphic design and research databases and prizes will be awarded  during the Festival 
-      The Art and Restoration Fair is part of the international calendar of trade shows and exhibitions

the Florence Art and Restoration Fair invites to make their reservation through , the first no-profit portal for booking hotels in Florence and the surrounding areas. To book your stay please visit our web site in section Exhibitor _ Useful Information and Accomodation
or contact the centre at+39 055 29 07 30 from Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 18.00.  

SWEDEN – Conference ‘Risk Management and Cultural Heritage Conservation’, 1-3 December 2014


From the Conference page:

Risk management in cultural heritage is not just about managing catastrophic, rare events, but also about the management of slow degrading processes, conservations approaches and sustainability in the care of cultural heritage. How can we manage different faces of threats which can lead to that we lose something that we see valuable and significant? The focus of risk management is value – what is it one risks losing?

 The conference “Risk Management and Cultural Heritage Conservation” will introduce international models, methods and tools of risk management  and value assessment that can be applied in cultural heritage work. Moreover, case studies will illustrate how risk management can be used in practice for historic building as churches, sites and museum.

The conference is aimed at anyone working with cultural heritage or involved in risk prevention. For example in the , county councils, church organizations, museums, curators, conservators. The last conference day offer five different workshops:

  • Vibration risk for building related art
  • Risk based approaches to collection care
  • The value pie: Assessing the relative value of heritage assets and their components for risk management purposes
  • Iintegrated pest management
  • Technical solutions as a tool for risk mitigation in museums and historic buildings.

The conference language is mixed between English, Swedish and Norwegian (see program). A limited number of tickets are available for student to a reduced price. In case of interested please contact the coordinators by e-mail below.

The conference is being organized by The Swedish National Heritage Board, The University of Gothenburg, Disent AB, and Konserveringsateljé syd AB. The project has received financial support from The National Heritage Board’s Research and Development Fund.

Link to conference program

Link to registration

Questions please contact: or

FRANCE – Displaying objects of cult: a challenging task


Originally published in Chroniques d’art sacré, numéro 71, this interesting article by Fabienne Dorey deals with the difficulties of displaying religious objects. “These require more explanation, because they carry such rich symbolism and because the cultural distance for most people is stronger than for historical objects of material culture.”

Read the full article in French here.

EUROPE – Survey on heritage values


Academics and professionals who work in the heritage sector are invited to submit their thoughts on heritage values by taking part in an anonymous survey.

If you have any questions about the survey please contact Dr. Kalliopi Fouseki (University College London, Centre for Sustainable Heritage) at

English version: 

Greek version:

Catalonian version:

Spanish version:

 A Dutch and Norwegian version will be available soon.



Grönwaldt and Drda-Kühn – ALTERheritage: counteracting the threats for Europe’s religious heritage

Pirka K. Grönwaldt / Karin Drda-Kühn (media k GmbH)

European religious heritage sites face shared threats like vacancies, redundancies and under-use on the one hand or problems with managing large numbers of tourists on the other hand. In order to alleviate these issues in future it is essential to exchange knowledge and experiences throughout Europe and to find customisable good-practise models. To attain this goal the European Commission has accepted the ALTERheritage (Adapting Learning Tools for Europe’s Religious Heritage) project as a Leonardo Da Vinci partnership within the Lifelong Learning Programme and thus is financing seven European stakeholders, including religious and governmental bodies, universities, charities and businesses.

Since August 2013 ALTERheritage aims at making available the already existing material for vocational learning on religious heritage conservation and management to a larger share of European stakeholders and thus is increasing the capacity of practicing specialists involved in conserving, managing, and regenerating religious heritage sites. In order to accomplish this objective, a series of meetings is hosted by the partners which form the centrepieces of the project and ensure continuous dialogue between the project partners. The meetings offer an opportunity to present and evaluate guidelines, learning tools or methods developed by the partners as well as general international knowledge exchange and site-visits to relevant places of worship which can be seen as best-practise examples.

The limelight topics of the project meetings are chosen by the particular hosting partner, ensuring a wide variety of different topics and approaches to specific challenges of European religious heritage during the project life span. While the first meeting, which was operated by the European network Future for Religious Heritage (FRH) in Brussels in October 2013, mainly was a planning meeting with the aim to introduce the topic to the partners and to encourage relationship-building between them, (up to now) the following meetings focused solely on heritage topics.

The second ALTERheritage meeting took place in Utrecht in November 2013 and was organised by the dutch Museum Catharijneconvent (MCC). The seminar mainly covered the topic of “moveable religious heritage – values and protection” and directed the audience’s attention to the fact that heritage is not only about the buildings but also about musical instruments, bells, garments and hangings as well as valuable books and historic records. Which led to the questions how to deal with this moveable heritage objects in times of closing churches – without putting those historically relevant objects in jeopardy – and which objects should be kept and what should be relinquished.

In March 2014 the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) held the third ALTERheritage meeting in Manchester, which was dedicated to the topic “Extenting the Use of Religious Heritage Sites’”. The meeting included seminars on the significance of tourism for heritage sites, volunteer manage-ment, differences in European funding structures, the introduction of a Regeneration Business Plan Toolkit, as well as site visits – e.g. to a local church which was in the midst of being converted into a community centre for a (by now) non-christian neighbourhood.

The Department of Conservation of the University in Gothenburg organized the fourth ALTERheritage meeting in June 2014. The main topics of this meeting were the Swedish funding and legislation for the protection of churches, international and Swedish perspectives on religious heritage, the churches preservation movement, and guidelines for identification, priorisation and management of values in churches. Site visits presented different good examples, e.g. the conversion of a church into a community center and coffeeshop for people with low income and refurbishment of churches in order to create visitor-friendly spaces. Alterheritage partners were impressed about the many ways how Gothenburg churches are communicated to locals as well as to foreign visitors: an own summer programme communicates events in churches and a map of Gothenburg curches is offered in three languages.

The forthcoming ALTERheritage meeting will take place at Bronnbach Monastery in Germany between 26th and 28th of October and will feature the title “Respect, protect, revive – religious heritage sites and cultural tourism in rural areas”. media k GmbH, the Bad Mergentheim institution in charge of this meeting, chose this topic, as needs and living conditions have been changing in rural areas during the last decades and new approaches for market-oriented development strategies and employment possibilities are urgently needed in order to avoid rural depopulation. Therefore tourism is becoming an even more important economic factor nowadays and religious heritage sites are of utmost importance. While the landscape in these areas is still mainly characterized by agriculture, the inner world of the provincial towns and villages is versatile. This combination offers a perfect basis for cultural and religious tourism – distant from the hustle and bustle of the metropolises – allowing visitors not only to enjoy leisure time and to recharge their batteries, but also to explore the rural cultural and religious heritage sites.

Many rural regional authorities, communities, economical stakeholders and religious / cultural institutions in Germany – and specifically in the Tauber valley – have identified this potential and are seizing the opportunity to boost and revive these rather laggard regions. They are striking new paths, e.g. by optimizing synergies and use of existing resources, by fostering cooperation between touristic agencies, cultural and religious heritage sites and local economy, as well as by supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in general.

Taking actions and adopting new ways will always bear risks. How many actions can be taken without endangering the identity of a place or the dignity of a heritage site? In order to discuss those opportunities and risks of religious tourism in rural areas around 30 European experts will be present at the upcoming ALTERheritage meeting. They will introduce their best practice examples and are available for professional interchange and discussions with attending stakeholders during the public part of the meeting on the 27th.

In the limelight of this seminar will be speeches of operators of cultural touristic networks for stakeholder inclusion at religious sites, talks on religious heritage as a catalyst or beneficiary of tourism trends, religious pluralism and dignity of non-Christian heritage sites as well as a presentation of historic church glass conservation at the International Centre for Cultural Heritage Preservation and Conservation Research (IZKK): event programme.

Although registration periods for the seminar and the open conference part at the Bronnbach Monastery are already closed, a few last-minute-tickets are still available – preferably for interested FRH members (allowing them to combine this event with the FRH conference in Halle, starting at the 29th). If you would like to register or are interested in further information on the German ALTERheritage contribution, please contact

Future ALTERheritage meetings will take place in Spain and in Belgium and the topics will be published on the project website in due time. Please also check the website for more information on the project in general or visit ALTERheritage on Facebook for latest news. For specific information on one of the previous topics or events please contact the respective European partner directly.



Future for religious heritage (FRH), Belgium

Department of Conservation – University of Gothenburg, Sweden

media k GmbH, Germany

KU Leuven / Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, Belgium

The Churches Conservation Trust, United Kingdom

Sociedad Regional de Cultura y Deporte, S. L. (SRCD), Spain

Museum Catharijneconvent (MCC), Netherlands

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CALL FOR PAPERS – Cultural Landscapes and Heritage Values

Cultural Landscapes and Heritage Values
Embracing Change in the Management of Place

May 13 – 15, 2015 at the UMass Amherst Campus

The Challenge

In recognition of the importance of cultural landscape research in contemporary heritage policy and practice, the University of Massachusetts Center for Heritage & Society (CHS) and the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) have co-organized a two-and-a-half day conference. The goal of the conference is to bring together a broad range of interdisciplinary scholars and heritage professionals to explore key issues in cultural landscapes and heritage values.

Cultural landscapes may be urban or rural, and they include parks, gardens, historic sites, agricultural landscapes, and areas of cultural and historical associations and significance. In the broader field of Heritage Management, the study of cultural landscapes is of particular and current interest. Landscapes are at once “cultural” and “natural,” calling into question traditional divisions of cultural and natural heritage resources and landscape management (e.g., “Cultural Landscapes” vs. “Natural Landscapes” in the World Heritage categories). Landscapes constitute a living heritage, reflecting the mutual influences of diverse groups of people and the equally varied places they inhabit. Like societies, landscapes are continually evolving, and their management demands that social and environmental change be understood and embraced. Landscapes define the sense of a “place,” and are the embodiment of the inextricability of tangible and intangible heritage. For these reasons and others, landscapes are a critical subject in heritage studies.

Conference Themes

The themes of the conference emphasize the need to acknowledge and engage change in the successful interpretation, conservation, and management of landscapes; the often unproductive dichotomy of “natural” and “cultural” resources; the factors of social and economic inequality inherent in the designation and management of living landscapes; and other critical issues in heritage studies today that are raised and provoked by cultural landscape research and conservation.

Themes to be explored in this conference include:

    • Multi-Cultural Landscapes: Issues of Social Justice and Power

Landscapes express the diversity of the peoples who have lived and worked in them through time. The issue of which cultural landscapes, and which aspects of multi-layered cultural landscapes, are conserved and commemorated are embedded in contemporary power relationships. Heritage sites and landscapes can be tools for cultural reparations, social cohesion, for education as sites of conscience, and for places of commemoration of multi-ethnic and multi-cultural heritage. Abstracts should include case studies and research on indigenous cultural landscapes, diasporic heritage, ethnographic methodologies in cultural landscape research, legal frameworks and litigation, landscapes of disrupted heritage (involving conflict, ethnic cleansing, or other disruption), and other issues of social justice.

    • Authenticity and Integrity vs. Change in Living Landscapes

Landscapes are the products and precedents of natural and cultural processes that began in the past and continue into the future. Understanding cultural landscapes as living landscapes has recast ideas of historical integrity and “authenticity.” If we acknowledge that change is inherent in living landscapes, then how do we safeguard something that by definition changes? And in the context of change, where does authenticity lie? Abstracts should address issues of integrity and authenticity in landscapes that continue to change and which reflect the changes in the lives of the people who inhabit them, including historic urban landscapes, agricultural landscapes, indigenous cultural landscapes, and other living landscapes.

    • Tangible and Intangible Heritage in Cultural Landscapes

Cultural landscapes embody tangible as well as intangible heritage, and are a combined expression of both. Various forms of traditional knowledge shape landscapes and are therefore a vital topic in cultural landscape research and practice. Abstracts should address case studies and research in traditional landscape management practices; layers of meaning ascribed to landscapes that have been lost or are contested; proxemics patterns and their influence on power and social structure; ephemeral landscapes and landscapes of change; agricultural landscapes; indigenous landscapes; and other examples of intangible heritage in cultural landscapes.

    • Sustainability in Cultural Landscape Management

Climate change, environmental degradation, and goals for an increasingly sustainable future affect cultural landscape research and practice in many ways. Abstracts should address heritage planning in relation to climate change, the integration of sustainable food systems in cultural landscape management, cultural landscapes as infrastructure, and sustainable technology in landscape conservation.

Submission of Abstracts

  • To propose a symposium, paper, or poster for one of the four sub-themes listed above, please submit an abstract (maximum 200 words) HERE by January 15, 2015. This conference will be open to the public and will explore the theme of “Cultural Landscapes and Heritage Values” as described above. Papers selected will be the basis of twenty-minute presentations followed by discussion. No more than one abstract will be accepted per author (you may submit a second if you are not the principal author). Proposals will be selected through a blind peer review by the conference committee. Authors will be notified of the Program Committee’s decision by February 15, 2015.


  • More details for registration and accomodation will be available soon.

For questions or requests for additional information, please contact CHS Conference Coordinator Evan Taylor ( or visit the CHS website:


NETHERLANDS – New statistics: parishes are shrinking

Church goers per municipality

The Dutch ‘Central Bureau for Statistics’ (CBS) has published new findings about the dwindling numbers of people who regularly visit a religious service.

In 2013, 53 per cent of Dutch grown-ups considered themselves religious, against 55 per cent in 2010.

In 2013, 17 per cent of grown-ups regularly visited a church, mosque or other religious service (at least once a month). The above map shows strong regional differences.


Read the full article in Dutch here.

BELGIUM – City selects six churches for Extended Use

The Dutch town of Genk, Limburg, has selected six churches within the city for Extended or Alternative use. A new ‘plan for the churches’ was presented by the city council and the parish on Monday.

The remaining three ‘main’ churches and five other churches are expected to suffice to service the Catholic parishioners.

Read the full article in Dutch here.