Newsletter Summer 2012


JULY 2012

WELCOME to the very first HISTCAPE Newsletter "Headlines", this edition will take a close look at HISTCAPE’s aims and objectives over the life of the project as well as take a look back at our first two partner meetings.  I hope that you enjoy it. 

Please circulate 'Histcape Headlines' to anyone you think might be interested in the project's development and let us have their contact details.

We would love to hear from you - so send your comments or contributions to

The next Open Conference will be held in Greece in November check our website for details - it would be good to see you there.

Brian Smith, Editor 

HISTCAPE’s inaugural Kick Off Meeting (“KOM”) brought together a grand alliance of partners from across Europe for the first time - all specialists in the field of promoting and protecting cultural heritage.  For this first meeting we were the guests of Tecnalia, in Derio, Spain. 

A key part of the 2-day conference was the unveiling of the models for the HISTCAPE database and website, as well as creating key communication channels between the projects’ partners.

The website in particular will reach out to decision makers at all levels across Europe, as well as academic researchers and involve the general public in HISTCAPE’s work. To see more visit

The partners began setting out their common goals and national interests, sharing stories and solutions, and forging new bonds. 

For the press release following this event please click here.

The second meeting of the HISTCAPE project partners was jointly hosted by Latvia and Estonia. 

Vidzeme Planning Region hosted the first Open Conference at Dikli Palace Hotel in North East Latvia.  At this event we took our first steps towards the exchange of good practice on the protection and management of cultural heritage.

The two day conference also included valuable and informative study visits to local attractions in each of the regions visited. These included: Oreli Manor and Koni Mill (Latvia) as well as Kaali Meteor Crater, Kaarma Church, Panga Cliff, Karja Church and Angla Windmills (Estonia).

In Saaremaa our Estonian partners took the reins, with the second Open Conference taking place at Kaali Visiting Centre. 

During the conference there was an overview of the Saaremaa Geopark which is one of the first case studies that has been identiifed to follow and develop good practice.

Historic towns and their landscapes are a unique part of Europe's international identify.

HISTCAPE aims to arrest the decline of historical assets in rural areas.  It plans to do this by developing sustainable management solutions to help responsible bodies develop a more dynamic view of cultural heritage assets.

Over the course of the project (2012-2014) it will: 

  • Identify and disseminate good practice
  • Contribute to increased skills and capacities within regional authorities
  • Identify, implement and transfer improved models of heritage protection
  • Improve the networking of regions and heritage management authorities
  • Develop policy recommendations at the European level. 

 To learn here

European Co-operation as a key factor for success

The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC gives European regions the opportunity to work together to develop innovative solutions for current challenges.

The ability to take advantage of the wide range of experience of European regions becomes more and more important as improved tools for the protection of cultural heritage assets in rural areas have to be found.

Based on a process of exchange of experience the HISTCAPE project partners will define common guidelines and new strategies for the protection and sustainable development of cultural heritage in rural areas and deliver recommendations for a European wide improvement of cultural heritage policy.

Many good examples from different regions have already been identified and are promising a successful transfer of knowledge.

To be successful, the project will involve as many stakeholders as possible in the exchange of experience process.  Stakeholders will be able to access all good practice identified during the project and will be invited to take part in our practitioners’ forum.

The project will gain from the experience of experts, and in turn practitioners and stakeholders will profit from the results delivered by the project.

A guide on the preservation of rural heritage values published at the end of the project will put together all good practice identified, policy recommendations and general guidelines defined during the project.

Alexandra Kulmer
Lead Partner, Project Management

The HISTCAPE Project was presented to nearly a thousand professionals, officials and the public at the Biennale AR & PA congress held in Vallodolid, Spain (24-27 May). 

All attendees had the opportunity to understand the project, ask questions and contribute ideas.  The Biennale was sponsored by the Junta de Castilla y León and had multiple sections including a trade fair, congress and special section on Innovation.

For more information please click here

The HISTCAPE Partnership - working together

A diverse group of partners has been brought together to foster debate and exchange experience. The partnership provides geographical spread across North, South, West and Eastern Europe enabling the project to address shared problems at local and regional levels. (See map below)

Click on the logos (below) for more information on the project partners.