The European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) 2018 will offer a unique chance to showcase that religious heritage is not only a legacy from the past but also a resource for the future.
The Year will feature cultural events in thousands of cities and towns across Europe, being the largest public arts and cultural manifestation of European history.
As part of its contribution to EYCH 2018, and inspired by the Olympic Flame in Athens, FRH is thrilled to launch the Torch of Culture and Heritage, an initiative that will offer a unique chance to celebrate the diverse elements of our European identity.
We would be delighted that you join FRH’s call for action to light the Torch of Culture and Heritage with your favourite story, memory or experience in the context of cultural heritage. Continue reading
By Todd Weir, Director
On 25 October, we officially launched the Centre for Religion and Heritage (CRH) of the University of Groningen with the participation of F.J. Paas, the King’s Commissioner in Groningen. The Former Courtroom at the Faculty of Religious Studies and Theology in Oude Ebbingstraat was filled to capacity with students and scholars, but above all with representatives of the leading Dutch heritage organizations and museums. This was a testimony to the urgent need for scholarly focus on the issue of religious heritage in the Netherlands.
On the picture René Paas, Dr Mathilde van Dijk and Prof. Todd Weir. Image RD
Different artistic expressions, a single interdisciplinary place. Theatre shows, figurative arts, events, meetings… Spazio Kor is the ideal place to create a new cultural experience, an ideal reference point for cultural research and innovation thanks to a new inclusive and participatory approach in the re-use of cultural religious heritage. Continue reading
Many ancient churches in the world started off as simple wooden structures. Through time and increasing wealth of the Church and communities, most of them were replaced with stone buildings. Wooden churches, also known as stave churches in different parts of Europe, are therefore rare and offer unique insights into our heritage and history. However, little is done to preserve this ever so distinguishing heritage for future generations.
Lom stave church is one the most visited churches in all of Norway. The use of carpets can be a smart move to mitigate mechanical wear and tear to surfaces. But what happens with the floor beneath when we trudge around with our soaked clothes and shoes? Photo: Fredrik Berg.
We now have an opening for a Project Manager to strengthen the team in Brussels. You can find out more about the offered post here. Application deadline is 13th October 2017.
The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker highlighted in his State of the European Union speech in Strasbourg the importance of culture and heritage for Europe’s future.
The South-eastern part of Transylvania is renowned for its fortified churches built since the 13th century. These served as a defence form until the last Ottoman incursion into Transylvania, 1788. The fortified churches are specific to the Saxon and Szekely villages located in this area, and are part of the European phenomenon of fortified churches.
Historic English church architecture in Switzerland highlights the importance of the 19th-Century summer seasons by presenting in the Museum Alpin Pontresina some well-known British personalities who visited Pontresina and the built heritage that they left behind but which sadly no longer exists.
A major change has been announced in the way that church repair and modernisation projects are funded in the UK by the Heritage Lottery Fund which uses money raised by National Lottery players to help protect heritage. From September 2017, the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Grants for Places of Worship programme will close to new applications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Continue reading
Watch this interesting broadcast (in French) about the future of religious heritage. It focuses on the dilemma whether it is better, once a church is not used as a place of workship anymore, to let it succumb to ruins or to look for alternative uses such as accomodation or entertainment. Continue reading