Newsletter Spring 2013



Welcome to 2013

Brian SmithThis Spring Edition of “Headlines” focuses on some excellent examples of good practice from our HISTCAPE partners. We hope you can take the opportunity to explore them in depth.

HISTCAPE partners GDKE are hosting our first Major International Conference, in June, in Koblenz. The theme of the conference is “How the cultural heritage of Europe with its integrated development strategies contributes to rural regions”. Three further conferences are to be held in 2013 in Lithuania, Spain and Italy. We look forward to welcoming many of you to at least one of these where you will be able to hear about progress on HISTCAPE and projects relating to the protection and preservation of cultural heritage.

Brian Smith - Editor

 Get Involved – International conference, open discussions and exchange of experience

Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany to host HISTCAPE’s 1st Major International Conference “Cultural Heritage in the Heart of Germany”, 4th June 2013, Koblenz

During excavations archaeologists discovered that the Prussian fortress Ehrenbreitstein was built upon a 3000-year-old human settlement.

The location for the international conference “HISTCAPE- Cultural Heritage” could not be better:  The so-called “Deutsches Eck” (German Corner) in Kenz is the gateway to the UNESCO-World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley.  The conference site “Fortress Ehrenbreitstein” is an extraordinary example of “Good Practice” in the area of monument preservation.

The key topic is “How the cultural heritage of Europe with its integrated development strategies contributes to rural regions”.  A number of top class speakers will be present, namely:- 

  • Professor Max Dudler (Swiss Architect)
  • Professor Paul Zalewski (European University, Viadrina)
  • Patricia Alberth (UNESCO, Paris)
  • Jacques Ackerboom (Monument Watch)
  • Dr Susanne Braun (German Foundation for Monument Protection)
  • Wolfgang Karl Göhner (European Legal Forum)
  • Christoph Kraus (Ministry Education, Science, Further Education and Culture)
  • Thomas Metz (GDKE)
  • Ingeborg Hoffstadt (GDKE, Leader of Interreg IVC project HISTCAPE)


A viewing platform situated in the newly created fortress park.  It is made from wood derived from a local and sustainable forest. Ministry of Environment, Food, Agriculture and Forestry, Rhineland-Palatinate. Photo: GDKE Rhineland-Palatinate

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Bookings are now being taken. To register your place please send an email to

HISTCAPE – 4th Open Conference, 19th March 2013, Alytus

In addition to the international conference, we also look forward to welcoming you to Alytus, which is situated in picturesque Southern Lithuania.  Tourists are attracted to the historic landscape of the area which has been created by the many remaining castle mounds – the sites of former fortresses – especially Punia (Margris), which is situated at the confluence of the Nemunas and Punele rivers. Alytus District looks forward to welcoming you to HISTCAPE’s 4th Open Conference, in March of this year. Alytus District looks forward to welcoming you to HISTCAPE’s 4th Open Conference. 

To register your interest please visit the HISTCAPE website

We welcome feedback on all aspects of the project and its development.  If you cannot attend one of our events you can also get involved by visiting one of our project pages on either Facebook or LinkedIn.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Project Manager Update

HISTCAPE is moving into its second phase and the partnership is preparing for the implementation of specific pilot actions in 6 Alexandra Kulmerpartner regions.

The 6 pilot actions will be based on good practice identified during the first year of the project. Selected examples for successful conservation of historic places along with their surrounding landscapes will be transferred to other regions and their effectiveness will be tested and validated.

Most of the good practice identified is region specific, in response to local needs and is often the work of dedicated individuals. Therefore, one of the greatest challenges to be faced in this stage of the project is understanding the processes that make this good practice successful and adapting it for implementation in our own regions.

The evaluation and assessment of the good practice as well as the identification of the conditional framework for pilot actions are crucial steps to guarantee a successful transfer from one region to another.  Local and regional stakeholders will be involved in this bottom-up process through workshops and online discussions. The lessons learnt will support the development of general guidelines and policy recommendations that will be shared with other regions and have an impact at a European level.

Alexandra Kulmer

 Promoting Histcape

“A future for the past”

HISTCAPE partner GDKE is working closely with the German Foundation for Monument Protection (“Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz”) “DSD” to promote the preservation of cultural heritage in Germany.

A key theme is introducing heritage to young people through the school curriculum.  Within the nationwide program “Cultural Heritage in Young Hands” students visit historically important buildings and sites in their immediate surroundings over the course of one school year.  The main objective is to show students that heritage sites are significant storehouses of culture. 

In addition to local excursions teachers establish a connection through art, biology, chemistry, geography and history.  Students also get the opportunity to observe and gain practical experience from restorers, craftsmen and gardeners.

Dr. Susanne Braun, Head of the Program  denkmal aktiv – Cultural Heritage in Young Hands (left) and Ingeborg Hoffstadt, General Directorate Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany), during the convention “Denkmal trifft Schule – Schule trifft Denkmal” (12/2012) Berlin.

The information gathered during the project will be documented and the results will be presented in flyers, brochures, school newspapers, the local press, city games, audio guides, websites or films. All project documentation can be found at

To read more on "A future for the past" click here

Good Practice

Saaremaa brings good practice to the HISTCAPE project through its involvement in the Nordic Geo Guide School

The project’s aim is to strengthen both education and private enterprise in rural areas and across national boundaries implementing a common educational training programme in three Nordic geo parks- Estonia (Saaremaa), Norway (Magma) and Iceland (Katla).

The project will encourage members of local rural communities to become expert guides and to promote the geological and cultural heritage of their home environment. The wider purpose of the project is to educate the visitors of the geopark whilst also preserving and protecting the environment.

The course is scheduled to be up and running in all three geoparks by spring 2013. The training programme consists of 4 modules, covering many subjects – geology, flora and fauna, geography, sustainable tourism, protection cultural heritage, image building, visitor management, intercultural communication, sagas and myths etc.

The goals of the Nordic Geo Guide School are to offer an opportunity for young members of the local community to improve their knowledge and skills and to preserve the landscape in rural areas; protect, promote and respect geological and cultural heritage; provide an example of best practice to other organizations in participating countries.

The training project is financed by Nordplus Horizontal Programme.  Find more about the project on its facebook page.

Re-inventing the city: Unkel (Germany)

(picture: Udo Scheuer, Unkel)

Like many small European cities, the German city of Unkel in the Rhine valley is confronted with the urgent need to devise structural change. The city is urgently looking for a new role in the global competition for guests, investments and ways to maintain quality of life and housing. It is determined to remain attractive for its inhabitants through the preservation of its unique cultural heritage.

Since 2011, the Unkel administration together with many Unkel citizens started a common initiative in order to re‐invent their own city. The Unkel project is one of the few examples, Europe-wide, where a small city tries to strategically revitalise a semi-deserted city centre by using creative business to implement the change.

A strategy is being established to engage and support existing and new house owners in the conservation and maintenance of their historical buildings in the city centre. New solutions are being sought to identify adequate private investors and donators for the reinstatement of the attractive historical city centre and the creative development of Unkel.

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Contribution of Cultural Heritage to Urban Regeneration

Our Greek partners in Western Macedonia have written a probing and informative paper on the “Contribution of Cultural Heritage to Urban Regeneration”, which focuses on Bilbao (Spain) and Sheffield (UK) as examples of major industrial cities experienced a steady decline into economic distress following deindustrialisation.  This led to high unemployment rates, socio-political unrest and environmental degradation.

Biblao, Calatrava bridge. Sheffield, Winter Garden

Both of these cities have undergone a successful cultural renaissance through ambitious programs of urban regeneration which included organising cultural events on a national and international scale, the funding of architectural projects and the creation of new cultural spaces.

To read more…



"North Heritage” – Porto, Portugal

In December 2012, HISTCAPE partners The Northern Portugal Regional Directorate for Culture inaugurated a new venue for the promotion of heritage in the region, named “North Heritage”.  Located in the Serra do Pilar Monastery this is the first time in history this monastery classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO has been opened up to the public.

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5-9 April 2013 - Taipei, Taiwan

Tourism and the Shifting Values of Cultural Heritage: Visting Pasts, Developing Futures

The conference seeks to explore the complex and challenging relationships which exist between the many forms and formats of tangible and intangible heritage and tourism/tourists. The conference is international and wishes to encourage those researchers and professionals working at the interface between heritage and tourism from all nations and cultures to reflect upon these relationships. The conference is also a forum for the coming together of different disciplines and methodologies and we welcome a friendly and creative exchange of diverse ideas and approaches; all focused upon the core themes of the conference.

26-27 April 2013 – Bursa, Turkey

European Museum Academy “Micheletti Award” ceremony and Bursa meeting

The meeting, hosted by Bursa Metropolitan Municipality as the Turkish representative of the newly formed European Museum Academy, will include presentations and workshops focusing on the conservation of industrial heritage.  Click here for the preliminary programme

15-17 May 2013 – Massachusetts, USA

The Past for Sale?

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Heritage and Society is pleased to announce an International Conference “The Past for Sale?” – looking at New Perspectives on the Economic Entanglements of Cultural Heritage.

27-29 May 2013 - Kos, Greece

International Conference "Sustainable Development and Planning"

The sixth International conference on Sustainable Development and Planning builds upon a series that started in 2003. Sustainable Development and Planning 2013 aims to bring together scientists and other stakeholders from across the globe to discuss the latest scientific advances in the field, as well as to seek and highlight developments in managerial strategies and assessment tools for policy and decision makers. Conference Brochure

November 18-20 November 2013 - Milan Italy

International Conference “Built Heritage 2013 - Monitoring Conservation Management”

The conference is being held as part of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Politecnico di Milano, Centre for the Conservation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage.   This conference brings together university researchers, professionals and policy makers to illustrate and discuss the most pressing issues concerning the conservation of archaeological, architectural and urban landscapes.

Click here... for full details about the conference objectives, topics and submission of papers.

HISTCAPE Open Conferences - 2013

Marche, Italy • w/c 9th September 2013

Castilla & Leon, Spain • w/c 28th October 2013

Further details of all our conferences can be found on the HISTCAPE website.

Related Projects

Rural areas in central Europe are mainly characterised by challenges such as: demographic & peripheral issues, depopulation and underdevelopment. In rural regions cultural heritage is an important part of regional development, especially the cultural economy, which can be the main protagonist in economic and social development. Local churches and sacral monuments offer great potential, however, no regional and/or transnational strategies exist for their preservation. Read more...

The CULTEMA SEE project looks at cultural values as a factor of economic growth. 

Opportunities for investments in the field of cultural heritage will be defined and promoted at the broader audience as well as information services delivered, especially through the web platform and the Permanent CULTEMA Laboratory Network. 


Under the IEE (Intelligent Energy Europe) programme looks at energy efficient transport and logistics in medium sized historic towns.  Targeted actions are proposed to increase the energy efficiency of freight distribution in historic urban areas.


European Cultural Routes - Transfer Experiences, Share Solutions. The CERTESS project aims to set up a common methodological framework of policy and development instruments.

Links to other related EU funded projects can be found below. We hope these will be of interest to you. Let us know if there are other related projects we can add!

"European World Heritage Vineyards" - a project dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of highly valuable cultural wine growing landscapes.

Climate Change, Cultural Heritage & Energy Efficient Monuments.

The project aim is reduce the energy consumption of historical buildings without destroying their cultural value and identity.