The FRH Torch initiative: an Olympic contribution to Culture and Heritage

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

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2016 FRH Biennial Conference Presentations

Conference’ speakers (in alphabetical order):


Between tourists and pilgrims: how to attract visitors to religious heritage?

Silvia Aulet – Universitat de Girona, Spain


Pilgrimage and Community

Pilar G. Bahamonde – Centro de Estudios Lebaniegos, Spain


Extended Use Attracts Visitors

Peter Breukink – Stichting Groninger Kerken, Netherlands


An examination of four Council of Europe Cultural Routes: Santiago de Compostela

Mario Crecente – Architect and Director at Crecente Asociados 


Interpretation. Getting the Message Across

Marc de Beyer – Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, Netherlands


Video message

Stefano Dominioni – Council of Europe




Take it or leave it? Expectations, frustrations and gratifications of visitors at religious heritage sites

Karin Drda-Kuehn – Kultur und Arbeit e.V., Germany


Digital dissent: the story of 300 years of Nonconformity and chapel building in Wales

Susan Fielding – Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales


Brass in abundance

Jennie Hawks Art Alive in Churches, Great Britain


Tangerasa church, Orebro County

Raoul Hjärtström, Sweden


The Environmental Sightseer – Pilgrimage and Conservation: Mont St. Michel

Pierre-André Lablaude –  Monuments Historiques, France


CHEER – Cultural Heritage for European Rural Regeneration

Karen Marie Leth Nissen – University of Copenhagen, Denmark


A new ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Places of Religion and Ritual

Henrik Lindblad – Church of Sweden


Tangible and Intangible Heritage

Jan Klinckaert – CRKC Leuven, Belgium


Pilgrimage, Slow movement, and Sustainable Tourism

Golnoosh Mozafari – Brandenburgische Technische Universität, Germany


Social media and reaching out to the public

Elena Paschinger – Kreativ Reisen, Austria 


Visitors as actors of dialogue

Luisella Pavan-Woolfe – Council of Europe


The Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

Segundo Leonardo Perez – Dean of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela


The largest Catholic Pilgrimage in Central and Eastern Europe on UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage

Mara Popescu – The Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, Belgium.


Religious heritage serving as a local development tool of the Mohawk community in Kahnawake, Canada

Edith Prégent – Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Canada


Changing patterns of perception: Venezia extraordinaria

Rita Sartori – Venezia Arte Cultura & Turismo, Italy




Landscapes of Religious Heritage: Tourists and Pilgrims in Search of Transcendence

Alessandro Scafi – The Warburg Institute, University of London



Via Francigena

Christian Schüle – Scientific Committee of the European Association of Via Francigena



New Technologies and community – Religiana: The online platform for our shared religious heritage

David Spitaels – FRH, Belgium


Fundraising from Building User

Crispin Truman – The Churches Conservation Trust, UK*


Medieval Monasteries in Republic of Macedonia – An asset for Touristic Development

Pance Velkov – The Makedonida Foundation for Heritage Education, Macedonia


Models of Contemporary Pilgrimage

Helena Wangefelt Ström – Umeå University, Sweden


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