The Churches Conservation Trust wins a Europa Nostra Award 2015

The Churches Conservation Trust, England’s national charity for protecting historic churches at risk and FRH member since 2012, has been recognised by the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage “Europa Nostra Awards”. FRH is extremely proud of this prize: CCT is an example of creativity and innovation at work for Europe’s cultural and religious heritage. Continue reading

Religious heritage central to European culture and identity, The Committee of the Regions states in an opinion

BRUSSELS – Future for Religious Heritage (FRH) welcomes a landmark opinion approved by the Committe of the Regions on Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe”.

During the last plenary session, on 16 April 2015, the Committee of the Regions recognized the importance of religious heritage by approving an amendment to the Opinion and it agreed with the reason that: “Religious heritage is one of the pillars of European culture and identity. It is the largest “museum” in Europe and covers every corner of the continent”.

FRH believes that this is very important, not just to celebrate and affirm the religious heritage as a priority critical to Europe’s future, but also because the European religious heritage generates an unique local value. According to the European Committee of the Regions’ view, it is now vitally important to create synergies between sustainable tourism strategies and local and regional cultural and creative industries, so as to support economic growth and job creation and facilitate access to culture.The Committe’s opinion is in line with the opinion of the European citizens as stated in a poll conducted in 2014 by Future for Religious Heritage. According to this survey 4 out of 5 Europeans think that religious buildings are essential for community life, and want them used more widely.

FRH welcomes the Committee’s acknowledgment. At the same time the FRH Council whishes to thank the entire Committe of the Regions, the Rapporteur, Mrs Cristina Mazas Pérez Oleaga, Minister for Economic Affairs, Taxation and Employment, Autonomous Community of Cantabria, and all the members involved in the amendment discussion.

The approved amendment (number 6, point 11) “stresses that local cultural values – artistic, literary, audiovisual and architectural creation, creative work, contemporary culture, crafts, folklore, archaeological, historical, religious and ethnographic heritage, dialects, music, food and gastronomy, countryside and natural features, traditional expertise and knowledge, know-how, living traditions, etc. – are all closely linked to identity, which is rooted in the tangible, intangible and natural heritage of communities. The Committee would point out that developing culture at local level strengthens local identity and distinctiveness, in that cultural products created in this way generate unique local value. These cultural factors are also important at European level”.

The final Opinion

The amendments

The Poll: “Secular Europe backs religious heritage”


The Jewish Religious Heritage in Europe: Value and Preservation

by Sergey R. Kravtsov*

The Jewish religious heritage, like any other cultural heritage, is a legacy of physical artefacts and intangible attributes that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present, and bestowed for the benefit of future generations. The relationship between the physical objects, which often include important artefacts, and their intangible though meaningful attributes, by and large determines the value of the heritage and the need to ensure its sustainability over long periods of time. Continue reading

A weekend in historic Moravia

The FRH Council member Crispin Truman was invited to speak at a seminar organized on 27 March 2015 by the Czech National Trust, in Kromeriz, Moravia.

While in Czech Republic, Truman visited many religious sites.

At the seminar Truman talked about the wide range of ways volunteers are involved in the work at the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT). He also showed how they are working to widen the audience for historic churches through a much-improved visitor welcome and through innovative uses which open the building up for people of all backgrounds to understand, enjoy and care for.

Speakers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia presented the wide range of projects taking place there. Although there is a much smaller NGO heritage sector than in other countries, there are lots of examples of volunteers saving and conserving churches.

For more information visit Crispin Truman’s blog

Crispin Truman is the Churches Conservation Trust Chief Executive


Czech Republic: restoring a Historic Fountain in Kromeriz

The Czech National Trust, in collaboration with the Roman Catholic parish of St Moritz in Kromeriz, is organizing a working holiday from 16 to 23 August 2015.

Participants will be working on the restoration of a stone fountain in the parish garden in the historic centre of Kromeriz. The work will include cleaning, sealing and repairs of the stone and masonry parts, followed by reinstallation of the water system to bring the fountain back to life. Work will be lead and supervised by heritage and conservation professionals. Kromeriz is UNESCO-listed and offers numerous sightseeing and leisure opportunities. It has the second largest gallery of paintings in the country, with the most valuable painting, Apollo and Marsyas, by Titian. The Czech National Trust will organise special guided tours of the Archbishop’s Palace, Gallery and Gardens for participants.

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For more information visit the Czech National Trust official website