Newsletter Winter 2012



2012 has seen the HISTCAPE community grow both through traditional communication tools such as our popular Open Conferences, as well as through the use of social media.  The HISTCAPE project can now be found on both Facebook and LinkedIn - more about this and how you can get involved can be found in the article “Searching for Good Practice”.  May I particularly draw your attention to our next Open Conference, details of which can be found below.

Brian Smith, Editor 

The HISTCAPE partners wish everyone a

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2013  

 HISTCAPE’S 4th Open Conference

19th March 2013 - Alytus, Lithuania

Alytus is situated in picturesque Southern Lithuania, in the northern part of Alytus County. People interested in cultural heritage are attracted to the area by the many castle mounts that are to be found, especially Punia (Margiris) which is situated at the confluence of the Nemunas and Punelė rivers. During the Open Conference different topics with regards to cultural heritage and landscape protection will be addressed and projects like the new tourist pilgrim route Pilgrim road Poland–Lithuania, which joins the churches of Lithuania and Poland, will be presented.

If you are looking for accommodation and want to get in touch with the cultural heritage of the region you could choose to stay in a rural farmstead, which has been refurbished to a modern standard.

Conference details will be posted on the HISTCAPE website.

 Our Greek partners report back on Nympheo

At the recent Open Conference in Nympheo Florina, Greek scientists introduced their views on traditional architecture, sustainable heritage management and future development as key challenges facing the Region of Western Macedonia.

Representatives of the region spoke about their policies for cultural heritage and took the opportunity to analyse the sustainable economic development of the historical settlement of Nympheo through cultural regeneration.

The conference posed several key questions: 

  • Management of Cultural Heritage in Wester Macedonia, Utopia or Reality?
  • What might regional priorities be and how can they be prioritised?
  • What are the current European practices in Cultural Heritage and what is its potential application in Western Macedonia? 

They are answered following the conference by Kostas Karamarkos and Dr Dimitris Mylonas and can be found by clicking here.

The full report of the Open Conference can be found on the HISTCAPE website.


HISTCAPE’s 1st MIC “Major International Conference”

Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany ʉۢ 4th June 2013

HISTCAPE Open Conferences in 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 Conferences

24-25 January 2013 - Lisbon, Portugal

Tourism in the Global South. Landscapes, Identities and Development

The conference will look at new research ideas on the tourism impacts in the Global South, focusing namely on the construction and transformation of landscapes through tourism, on issues of identity friction and cultural change, and on the responsibility of tourism on poverty reduction and sustainable development.

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.

The conference, organised by Wessex Institute of Technology, UK addresses the subjects of regional development in an integrated way as well as in accordance with the principles of sustainability.

 Get Involved - open discussions and exchange of experience

We welcome feedback on all aspects of the project and its development. To get involved you can visit project pages on either Facebook or LinkedIn. We look forward to hearing from you.

 Good Practice

Kaiserpfalz … the story continues 

Follow the article in the last newsletter on Kaiserpfalz, Ingelheim, which is in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley.

Two prominent local figures have given in-depth interviews on the importance of heritage to the region.

To view the articles please click below

Searching for Good Practice - Beyond HISTCAPE

Within the HISTCAPE project partners from regions all over Europe have been presenting and discussing good practice on financial development, tourism, good governance, public involvement and technology.

We now wish to look outside the project and engage with experts from all over the world.

Therefore we have posted an open discussion on the ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) Linked-In forum. The discussion can be followed here.

The posting has generated a lively discussion and we are linking with regions that are experiencing similar issues. Some of the good practice discovered to date includes:

  • the use of volunteers within the community
  • dialogue with government in the face of rapid industrial expansion
  • the integration of natural conservation with historic resources

Our discussion has a secondary benefit… it is informing the professional community about the HISTCAPE project and as such our stakeholder group is widening.

Following the success of our first open discussion a second will shortly be posted on the APTI Association of Preservation Technology International Linked-In forum. This will also reach conservation professionals at a more technical level.

To keep posted and learn of ongoing discussions join the HISTCAPE LinkedIn Forum – or visit the project website.

Promoting HISTCAPE

Opportunity to introduce the importance of culture to young people

In September 2012, over 200 students were introduced to the HISTCAPE project by personnel from the Alytus district. 

The students came from the towns of Daugai, Simnas, Butrimonys, Krokialaukis, Miroslavas and Pivašiūnai and were shown a presentation of the most visited cultural heritage sites in the area, which include castle mounds, town squares and church towers. Read more

For further information contact: Vytenis Skendelis, Senior Specialist, Heritage.

Tel: +370 315 55540

HISTCAPE and the Geopark

“Linking natural and cultural assets for the promotion of local economic development” Saaremaa Local Government Association, 17th August 2012, Kaali Visiting Centre, Saare County, Estonia

A local workshop took place to introduce the HISTCAPE project to the leaders of local municipalities, stakeholders, researchers and local guides.  The workshop was about environmental tourism and the development of the Islands´ Silurian Geopark.

Overall, the workshop was deemed very helpful in demonstrating Saare County’s wonderful heritage and values.

 Related Projects

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