Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe: Towards a European Index for Cultural Heritage

This 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.

The project is led by Heritage Alliance 3.3 / Europa Nostra in partnership with:

  • ENCATC (European network on arts and cultural management and policy education),
  • Heritage Europe-EAHTR (European Association of Historic Towns and Regions, UK)
  • The Heritage Alliance (as associate partner from England).

The Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (KU Leuven, Belgium) together with the International Cultural Centre (Krakow, Poland) are the research partners.
Their aim is to gather, analyse, consolidate and disseminate existing data on the socio-economic impact of cultural heritage and provide European mapping of both qualitative and quantitative evidence-based research.
The project ran from July 2013 to August 2015. It concluded with a final conference in Brussels on 16th September 2015 when project’s findings were presented.

FRH worked with the different personalities involved, to ensure that due place was reserved for religious heritage in the project’s findings:

  • Thomas Coomans, a council member of FRH, is on the staff of Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation. With Lilian Grootswagers, a council member of FRH, they prepared an explicit paper for the project – Developing a European Network for the Future of Religious Heritage.
  • Giannalia Cogliandro, a council member of FRH, is CEO of ENCATC and was interviewed by the Representation Office of the European Commission in Italy on the subject
  • FRH is an active member of Heritage Alliance 3.3
  • Several of FRH’s members are also members of Heritage Alliance UK
  • ALTERheritage, a learning programme set up by FRH with six of its members, held its final meeting in Leuven on 15th and 16th June 2015.