Newsletter Summer 2013



Welcome to this latest edition of the HISTCAPE Newsletter – I am pleased to announce that we had the pleasure of receiving 250 representatives from renowned authorities and institutions, both nationally and internationally, to our first International Conference and public evening event.

Attendees included a wide range of representatives from local governments to state authorities and ministries, from Schools to Universities and experts of monument conservation, as well as from rural and state development authorities. Moreover we welcomed representatives from the fields of agriculture, viticulture, tourism and architecture.

The main topics of the conference were demographic change and its effects on the rural areas of Europe as well as the protection of the future of monuments.  The evening lecture “Further Construction” with Professor Max Dudler focused on a different topic: High quality contemporary architecture.  Both followed a similar approach: Convincing arguments demonstrated by examples of “Good Practice”.

HISTCAPE Study Visits in the World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley – â€œFollowing the traces of Rhineland-Palatinate through examples of Good Practice”

Within the framework of the HISTCAPE- meeting HISTCAPE partners as well as the Bureau Members of Heritage Europe visited the towns Oberwesel and Boppard in the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Upper Middle Rhine Valley” on 5th June 2013, to further examine on-site examples of Good Practice. Additionally joining the group were a special delegation from Styria (in Austria) and Patricia Alberth, a UNESCO World Heritage expert. This large gathering shows once more that HISTCAPE connects people that are engaged in safeguarding Cultural Heritage.

To find out more on the International Conference and the Study Visits see the relevant articles below.

Ingeborg Hoffstadt, General Directorate Cultural Heritage (GDKE) Rhineland-Palatinate.

International HISTCAPE Conference in the heart of Germany was a great success

As mentioned above the first International Conference on the HISTCAPE project took place in Koblenz.  Below some of the key quotes that came out of the first International Conference are featured. 

Christoph Kraus, GDKE Rhineland Palatinate, Germany

“Especially the inheriting generation needs to be convinced about the value of heritage-protected buildings and the surrounding cultural landscapes.”

“Cultural assets should be accessible to all people”

Professor Dr. Joachim Hofmann-Göttig, Mayor of Koblenz

 â€œThe high quality cultural tourism is a catalyst for development. It generates jobs for many people and is likewise strengthening the identity of the citizens who live there.”   Read more...

Patricia Alberth UNESCO World Heritage Expert

“It is especially about the mediation of values. It is about making cultural heritage more relevant for society and by that ensure the preservation thereof.” Read more...

Ingeborg Hoffstadt, The head of the HISTCAPE-project partner Rhineland-Palatinate

“It is crucial, to develop cultural heritage with a holistic approach: We need passion for the subject. Thus we need Emotions.” Read more...

Professor Dr. Paul Zalewski, European University Viadrina, Germany

“Use the benefits of the cultural age”

“In times of steadily growing technical, organizational, financial and social complexity, also the monument protection urgently needs to be open minded towards new strategies and social networks” Read more...

Jacques Akerboom - Monument Watch Netherlands

“Sustainability in Monument Protection – It Is Like Preventive Dental Care.” Read more...

Wolfgang Karl Göhner chairman of the Heritage Legal Forum (EHLF)

“We need experts as well as interdisciplinary team-players.”

Dr. Susanne Braun, German Foundation of Monument Protection

“Extracurricular Projects Promote the Awareness-Raising of Young People”

Max Dudler, Architect, Switzerland

“It is an odd thing with these monuments. On the one hand a historic monument gives visual representation of the gap between the past and the present day but on the other hand it also reminds us of our duty to deal with our history. That is why the task and topic “ Construction in existing buildings “leads me to search for a kind of architecture that continues history without reconstructing or restoring it. This quest of searching for something new, which would not be possible or thinkable without the old, is what I call “Further Construction“. Read more...

To find out more on the conference a paper detailing all the activities can be found here.

The Cultural Projects of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley were Impressive

HISTCAPE Study Visits in the World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley – Following the traces of Rhineland-Palatinates examples of “Good Practice”.

As a part of the HISTCAPE- MEETING, on 5th June 2013 the HISTCAPE-Partners and the Bureau Members of Heritage Europe, as well as a special delegation of Styria and Patricia Alberth a UNESCO World Heritage expert went on Study Visits to the towns Oberwesel and Boppard which are located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley.

The group members from Styria informed themselves about the project “Housing Stock Development and citizens’ participation” in Oberwesel.  This project, which focuses on the historical monument listed heart of the town, was one of the examples of Good Practice Rhineland -Palatinate presented within the framework of the HISTCAPE-project.  Everyone finished the study visit at Marksburg, a hill-top castle above the town Braubach as well as being the head office of the German Castles Association. The all-day HISTCAPE workshop at the Rhenish State library in Koblenz, on June 6 2013, brought the HISTCAPE Meeting in Rhineland- Palatinate to a close.

Picturesque viewpoint along the historical town wall of Oberwesel. Picture courtesty of: Town Oberwesel

Due to the commitment of the Bauverein which cooperated closely with many institutions and due to the help of private sponsors and the State Office of Monument Preservation (Directorate General Cultural Heritage Rhineland Palatinate) it was possible to redevelop the important town wall carefully and to make it open to public.

Group picture taken at the ancient monastery of the Franciscan Friars Minor in Oberwesel. Picture: I.C. Hoffstadt

17 Nations participated in the excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Upper Middlerhine Valley. The HISTCAPE team, the Bureua Members of Heritage Europe and the World Heritage expert Patricia Alberth  were impressed by the commitment of the towns, Municipalities, Foundations on by citizen’s participation.

Proudly showing off the town of Oberwesel are from right to left: Town Mayor Jürgen Port, Town Manager Imke Senst and Christian Jäckel, Chairman of the Oberwesel Business Association. Picture: Franziskus Weinert

 Get Involved: Regione Marche to host the next Open Conference: Landscape, Sustainable Development and Planning in Arcevia, Italy on 11th September

The next HISTCAPE conference which is to be held on the morning of 11th September is an Open Conference and anyone with an interest in the HISTCAPE project and the landscape and sustainable development is welcome to come along. The Open Conference is entitled “Landscape, Sustainable Development and Planning”. The conference will have presentations from HISTCAPE partners illustrating their work in this field.

Additionally, there will be an afternoon conference again coming under the title “Landscape, Sustainable Development and Planning”. This conference is aimed at Italian regions and historic towns and will focus on the projects of Marche Region.

Open Conference and Regional Conference
Landscape, Sustainable Development and Planning
11th September 2013

To register your interest please contact Silvia Moroni or visit the HISTCAPE website.


HISTCAPE’s 7th and final open conference during 2013 will be held in Description: VA_Valladolid_Palacio del Licenciado Butrón_foto Benito Arnáiz_20040305_.JPGValladolid on the 23rd October. The venue will be the Palacio del Licenciado Butrón.

The event aims to provide an in-depth look into the good practice presented by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Castilla and León and at the same time link initiatives of other HISTCAPE partners.  Experts who have been directly involved in the HISTCAPE project have been invited to participate in the event. A study visit on 24th October to the mining valley of Sabero will also be taking place.


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 Update

Laura Cuevas Ortiz
Leader of the Exchange of Experience Process in HISTCAPE

HISTCAPE is developing new policy instruments and policy recommendations to foster the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage values in rural areas.

The first year of the exchange of experience process was dedicated to the identification of good practice from the partner regions, HISTCAPE partners are now formulating policy recommendations to improve the cultural heritage and landscape policies in their own region involving those who make or influence policy decisions by providing evidence on how a policy is working.

These policy recommendations are based on the lessons learned by examining the good practice of our partner regions and visiting some of these successful examples on site.

At the International HISTCAPE Conference in Koblenz experts from different European countries presented cross-sectoral strategies to safeguard the future of European cultural heritage, this has given additional value to the exchange of experience process in the project and partners will take into account these international strategies when formulating their own policy recommendations. Furthermore some of the partners have the possibility to directly test the transfer of good practice within a pilot action in the project. In this way we can validate the transferability of successful models and assure the applicability of the new policy instruments developed in our partner regions.

Pilot Actions - Update

Pilot Action Update, Saare County, Estonia

Mapping of geological and historical sites

Many tourists and tourism operators are now aware of the importance of the protection of heritage sites.  Therefore, Saare County is looking to other European countries to gain experience of how to involve and teach stakeholders how to protect these rural heritage sites.

Saare County is particularly interested in participating in workshops and seminars where experience can be shared.  To date they have organised three workshops.  Good practice examples have been selected and will be adapted to suit their needs.

The overall objective is to develop a document indicating the current status of the protection of historical assets and the management and maintenance proposed. This document is to be supported by the maps with easily understandable symbols. The aim is to finalise this document by end of Autumn 2013

Workshop with members of the Heritage Board, Saare County Government and Saaremaa Local Government Association, 30th May 2013.

Ms Kaja Lotman, Director of the Hiiu-Lääne-Saare Region of the Environmental Board.

Stakeholders “Municipality leaders and workers, private companies, members of the Environmental Board etc” attending the workshop on 26th March 2013.

For more information contact:

Viktoria Bubukin.

 Pilot Action Update: Western Macedonia

Industrial Heritage and Development – A tourism product for Western Macedonia

Since the early 19th Century, many countries including France, Germany and England have realised the importance of rescuing and highlighting technical and industrial culture.

Some of the most famous examples in Europe are:

  • The landscape park Duisburg–Nord of Ruhr created from a de-commissioned iron smelting works.
  • The Iron Bridge Monument in Shropshire, England which was the first recognized case of highlighting an industrial monument as an open air museum.
  • The salt mines of Erlebnisbergwerk “Gluckauf” in the city of Sondershausen, in Thuringia, Germany.
  • The Eco Museum in Le Creusot and Montceaou les Mines in France.

The size and the economic situation of the places mentioned are not naturally directly comparable to Western Macedonia, however, the region has the comparative advantage of having already developed industrial tourism, due to the enormous activity of Public Power Company, for more than 60 years.

After the necessary consultations and approvals a small-scale but remarkable action is about to take place on the internet for the areas of industrial heritage.  The area of the pilot will be on the former AEVAL site.

The aim is to highlight the area of AEVAL and the development plan at an international level.

The pilot action will be implemented during 2013 and will be completed by the summer of 2014. To find out more click here

Karamarkos Kostas

Project manager Histcape (as external expertise of Regional Development Fund of Western Macedonia Region)

Good Practice

Castilla&Leon Regional Authority is taking part in the Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC with the project e-CREATE dedicated to the exchange of experiences under the topic ‘Cultural Routes Enterpreneurship And Technologies Enhancement’

The project aims to increase the competitiveness of service-oriented tourism enterprises in rural areas along cultural and historical routes through the use of new technology.

Castilla&Leon Regional Authority has provided ‘Vía de la Plata’ as a successful example of cross- border cooperation among partners with similar interests and the use of sustainable working methods and recyclable material.  For further information,

Kozjanski Park - a national partnership in Slovenia

Kozjanski Park, located in the Eastern part of Slovenia, is one of the oldest and largest nature reserves in Slovenia. Stretching across 200 square kilometres, it has the status of a regional park, and is a mosaic comprising of the sub-Alpine area, sub-Pannonia Hill area, beech forests, wine-bearing slopes and the plains along the Sotla River.  The attached article describes how they will be working with HISTCAPE partner University of Ljubjana to ensure that the recommendations from HISTCAPE can be tested and verified. Read more….

Limes - Roman History a driver for regional development

What might be exciting about a 2000 year old heritage site, which is mainly hidden in woods or buried in soil? Roman Limes is the only European cultural heritage which binds together 10 European countries: From the North-West in the UK to the South East in Bulgaria it is a unique monument for many regions and, in part, already a designated UNESCO world heritage. European history becomes alive following the Limes, the former fortification of the Roman Empire along 5000 km. Through the European LIMES project, the Limes is an excellent opportunity to become a beacon of future cultural tourism and a driving force for economic development. Read more….

Roman history and mobile devices for cultural tourism

Hidden heritage – Limes tower walls in Rhineland-Palatinate


17-19 September 2013 – Seville, Spain

International Meeting on Contemporary Architecture in Historic Settings

The meeting will have contributions from a number of international experts and professional specialists on research relating to the dynamic management of heritage cities and identity instruments, tools and criteria to assist in the making of the right decisions in this field.  Read more…

19-21 September 2013 - Dubrovnik, Croatia.


The Best in Heritage is an annual survey of award winning museum, heritage and conservation projects. Organised in partnership with Europa Nostra and under special patronage of the International Council of Museums, it is supported by the City of Dubrovnik and Croatian Ministry of Culture. Read more...

23-28 September 2013 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

ICOMOS Conference - “Protecting deltas: heritage helps!”

ICOMOS-NL aims to raise international awareness of the connection between water and heritage and will bring together experts from both fields during this conference. Read more...

25-30th October 2013 – “Brindisi to Istanbul”

Biennial of Urban and Architectural Restoration

The second edition Biennial of Urban and Architectural Restoration (BRAU2) will follow the cultural axis BRINDISI to ISTANBUL- The Via Egnatia - this important international cultural event will occur simultaneously in three countries – Italy, Greece and Turkey – from 15th to 30th October 2013.

BRAU2 is an international forum of multidisciplinary debate about the practice of architectural conservation and restoration and the qualified intervention in urban space. The themes are: A. Small town maintenance management projects; B. Conservation of major monumental complexes; C. Strategies for the reuse of the vacant/abandoned buildings located in urban centres or in extra-urban industrial archaeology; D. Interventions on Modern building heritage.

8-10 October 2013 - Norwich, UK

ENCLOSE Open Seminar on sustainable transport

ENergy efficiency in City LOgistics Services for small and mid-sized European Historic Towns. This seminar will be hosted by Heritage Europe.  More details will be made available as details are firmed up.  Check here regularly for more details....

17-18 October 2o13 – Heraklion, Greece

Cultural values and tourism development in rural areas

The aim of this international conference is to debate the way in which we see, think and undertake culture and cultural values management research, policy and practices. Read more...

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. Read more...


Related Projects

EUROCLIO, the European Association of History Educators

Established in 1993, EUROCLIO represents more than 25,000 history and citizenship educators.

EUROCLIO believes that the past does not stop at national borders and that history education has a significant impact on how people look at the world around them. For the full story read more here

EFFESUS is a research project investigating the energy efficiency of European historic urban districts and developing technologies and systems for its improvement. The term “historic urban district” in the context of EFFESUS, is defined as a significant grouping of “old” buildings built before 1945 and representative of the period of their construction or history, not necessarily protected by heritage legislation. EFFESUS is funded by the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Programme. Read more...

KLOSTERLAND – “Land of Monasteries”

Klosterland is a network of German-Polish Monasteries that aims to develop a regional cultural-touristic structure between the participants of the network as well as the implementation of a vivid programme that invites people to visit the “Klosterland”, its historic buildings and cultural-touristic events.

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. 

ENCLOSE – 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.

"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