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ALTERheritage consists of a series of meetings, hosted by the partners. They will present guidelines, learning tools or methods that they are developing, and the partners will assess how the material can be adapted to their own circumstances. It will support academically well anchored, high quality tools that can build the capacity of vocational learning in the field across Europe.

The results will inform future production of new learning tools on religious heritage conservation, management and regeneration in Europe, in support of their widespread practicability.The European stakeholders include religious and governmental bodies, charities and businesses, and the sector needs a closer link between academic knowledge and vocational practice. ATERheritage will transfer knowledge and experience between providers of informal vocational learning that represent different groups of these stakeholders and geographical areas. They will exchange experiences on vocational training for staff and volunteers of their own organisations and others, through silent partners.

See some pictures of the June 2014 ALTERheritage meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden here. (link to Flickr)

Read a report on the ALTERheritage seminar of November 2013 in Utrecht by John Gerrard here: Seminar Report

Future for Religious Heritage (FRH) – The European network for historic places of worship
FRH is the co-ordinating partner of the consortium, for any questions about the project please email

Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg
The Department of Conservation at the University of Gothenburg (UoG), Sweden, runs seven different university programs in conservation, as well as PhD education and research in the same field. The department is also engaged in vocational training and further education, as well as in public outreach.

Media K Gmbh
media k GmbH (media k) is a German institution specialising in cultural tourism in rural areas, specifically for cultural heritage monuments with a religious background. They support stakeholders of church communities and other local actors to develop economically relevant activities on local and regional level in order to implement an integrated approach for cultural tourism, including pilgrimage travels and spiritual tourism.

KU Leuven / Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation
The Raymond Lemaire International Center for Conservation (RLICC) in Belgium has more than 30 years of experience in training, research and consulting in the field of the preservation of the built heritage, which it will bring into this project. Its founder, the late Professor Raymond Lemaire, was one of the authors of the Venice Charter that established the doctrine for the conservation of the architectural and urban heritage (1964), was a well-known advisor to the European Union, the Council of Europe and UNESCO.

The Churches Conservation Trust
The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) is the leading national charity that protects and opens to the public 342 of England’s churches that are no longer used for regular worship and are of architectural, archaeological or historical significance. All churches vested to the Trust by the Church of England are listed, mostly grade one (the highest national level of protection), and some are Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

Sociedad Regional de Cultura y Deporte, S. L. (SRCD)
The Sociedad Regional de Cultura y Deporte, S. L. (SRCD) is a branch of the Government of Cantabria, Spain. It has through the department “Año Jubilar Lebaniego” as main target: creation, promotion, restoration and maintenance of the historical, religious, cultural and natural heritage of the region of Cantabria.

Museum Catharijneconvent (MCC)
Museum Catharijneconvent (MCC) is the national museum for Christian art, culture and history in the Netherlands. The permanent collection of Museum Catharijneconvent comprises unique historical and art-historical exhibits ranging from the early mediaeval period to the 21st Century. This collection offers an insight into the Christian art and cultural history of the Netherlands and its influence on Dutch society.

Silent partners
Centrum voor Religieuze Kunst en Cultuur vzw (CRKC) – Belgium
ICOMOS International Training Committée
Svenska kyrkan/Church of Sweden
Protestant church of Hessen – Nassau – Germany
parish of Dittelsheim – Germany
parish of Alsheim – Germany
Monastery of the Dominicans in Worms – Germany
Parish of the Herrgottskirche in Creglingen – Germany
KADOC, Documentation and Research on Religious Culture and Society – Belgium
De Monumentenwacht – the Netherlands
The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands