Newsletter Winter 2013




CASTILLA AND LEON REGIONAL AUTHORITY would like to welcome you to this latest edition of the HISTCAPE Newsletter. 

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

The Authority held an International Conference on ‘Historical Assets and Related Landscape’ on 23th October in Valladolid, Palacio del Licenciado Butrón, Spain

The General Director of Cultural Heritage, Enrique Saiz Martín, spoke on the challenges of cultural heritage management in small historic towns in rural areas with low population density.  These areas often are noted for the variety, range and quality of their historical heritage constituting a legacy of enormous cultural value.

The challenge to be faced is in developing a planning strategy that encourages the cooperation between the Regional Government of Castilla and Leon, local managing authorities, inhabitants and property owners, private companies and heritage professionals within the region so that cultural assets are considered as a resource for the development and welfare of the people and not as simply heritage with maintenance costs.

The international conference ended with a study visit to the Museum of Mining and Metallurgy of Castilla and Leon in Sabero.  Mr. Roberto Fernandez, Director of the Museum, explained the features, activities and projects of the centre, as well as the industrial and urban settlements generated around mining in the valley of Bonar-Sabero (Leon).  More information on this visit can found later in the Newsletter.

The next HISTCAPE Open Conference is to be held at the Monastery of Tibães, on 25th March 2014, and will be hosted by the Northern Portugal Regional Directorate for Culture (NRCD), Portugal

The event aims to present some of the best practice identified by NRCD, Portugal, as well as address intervention strategies on Cultural Heritage in rural areas. Special focus will be on the safeguarding of assets and economic sustainability. The approaches of other HISTCAPE project partners will be also presented and discussed. Further details to be posted on the HISTCAPE website as soon as available - visit

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 Project Update

Brian Smith, Secretary General, Heritage Europe

The HISTCAPE partners have formed an internal Editorial Board to oversee the development of the final guidebook which will present all the good practice examples collated by the partnership, common methodology defined, policy recommendations and general guidelines for implementation.

The Editorial Board is considering such areas as the final format of the guidebook, content, as well as its intended audience to ensure that the results of the HISTCAPE project are well received and understood by a wide variety of people.

The main questions that the Editorial Board is focusing in on are:

  • What have we learnt during the lifecycle of the project?
  • How can we help others?
  • What are the lessons learnt and guidance that we can share with other European regions?

Current timescales are to produce the final draft for editing by early Summer 2014.

 Update on Pilot Actions

Cultural Heritage vs Demographic Change

Expert Workshop “Developing Our Homeland - Do Cultural Values Improve Rural Areas?” Rhineland-Palatine, Germany

Ingeborg Hoffstadt during her opening speech in the listed monument “Erthaler Hof” in Mainz, headquarters of the Directorate General Cultural Heritage Rhineland-Palatinate 

The workshop held on 4th November 2013 took place in Rhineland-Palatinates’ capital city of Mainz. The workshop gave participants new ideas on how to involve citizens when dealing with the effects of demographic change and preservation. 30 participants from different authorities and institutions engaged in the development of rural areas, culture and preservation of cultural heritage joined the workshop in which discussions took place on new usage possibilities, financial models and steering instruments.

The working atmosphere of the workshop was productive and the discussions very lively creating added-value to all those involved and follow up meetings are being considered.

 Good Practice

Research Mission in Linderhof, Bavaria

The University of Llubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, was invited to undertake 3D microscopic investigations in the Linderhof Palace on a variety of surfaces (wood, plaster, textiles etc) to assess the level of damage.  These took place between 25th and 29th November 2013. 

Linderhof Palace.
Examination of gilded surface with optical  3D microscopic system - Photo: B. Vodopivec. 
Neuschwanstein Castle
Photo: B. Vodopivec.


Alongside these investigations a study of the management of Bavarian cultural heritage was also undertaken to aid the preparation of HISTCAPE project recommendations.  Bavaria is the most visited German state and its heritage is an important part of the tourist industry and economy of Bavaria – for example, the world famous Neuschwanstein Castle attracts around 1.3million visitors a year.However, mass tourism can bring challenges and conflicts with conserving heritage and a balance needs to be found.  Read more...

Partner News

Art brings new life to old village

Palazzo is the place where a conglomerate of old houses are nestled on the top of a hill, crowned by a small medieval castle. On the road from Arcevia, Italy the village suddenly appears up the hill, just as it must have done 700 years ago in its heyday, for friends and enemies.  Around 300 residents once counted the place as home, today, just 20 mainly elderly remain.

The Palazzo Initiative "Operazione Arcevia 2.0" has set out to invent new art activities to bring the place alive again, supported by Carolina Bernasconi, the young owner of the Riserva Privata San Settimio, who offers approximately 15 young artists, accommodation and catering from April to October.

Read more about this fascinating art initiative

Study Visit – to Leon and Sabero

HISTCAPE Project Partner Castilla y Leon organised a study visit for all HISTCAPE partners, on 24th October 2013.

The visit took in both the city of Leon and the mining area of Sabero.  In Leon, partners learnt about the “Dream of Light” project at Leon Cathedral, which had three distinct strands covering: education; scientific/training and restoration.  The partnership then went to the mining valley of Sabero and visited the Museum of Iron and Mining Industry.

Click here to read more about these interesting study visits.

Study Visit - Visit to Vipava Valley, Slovenia

The University of Ljubljana is to analyse the exploitation of cultural and natural resources in regional development.  The findings will be fed into the HISTCAPE project.

To this end a study visit was organised to the Vipava valley in the western region of Slovenia.  The study visit was led by the renowned Slovenian art historian and former Director General of the National Restoration Centre Josip Korosec.

The study visit included visits to fortresses, manor houses and concluded in the town of Vipava.  The combination of visits helped to inform and further develop understanding of the historical development of Slovenia’s natural and cultural heritage.

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18 March 2014, Rural Areas have a Future, Hillesheim, Germany

This workshop is being held jointly by Directorate of Cultural Heritage, Rhineland-Palatinate and the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture, Food, Viticulture and Forestry.  The workshop will be of interest to those working in cultural heritage and rural development.

For further information and to register please email:  Programme attached.

19-21 March 2014, Tomar Portugal. REHAB 2014 

International Conference on Preservation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Historical Buildings and Structures.

Deadline for abstracts submission: to be announced

Full papers submission: to be announced

Detailed information will be available soon at or contact for more information.

24 March 2014, Tibães Portugal. 

The first HISTCAPE Open Conference of the new year is to be held in the monastery of Saint Martin of Tibães near the city of Braga, Northern Portugal and will be hosted by the Northern Portugal Regional Directorate for Culture (NRCD, Portugal). 

Visit for more information.

8-9 May 2014, Zagreb/Sibenik – Croatia.  Protection of Cultural Heritage from natural and man-made disasters. 

This conference will bring together experts and specialists in the field of the protection of cultural heritage.  Key themes will be: Identification of objects and collections; risks; legislation; methods and techniques of protection; management in case of emergencies and examples of best practice. 

For details of abstract submission and registration see:

3-5 June 2014 Ankara, Turkey. 

9th International Symposium on the Conservation of Monuments in the Mediterranean Basin will be held in 3-5 June 2014 in Ankara, Turkey  organised by the Materials Conservation Laboratory, Department of Architecture, Middle East Technical University in Ankara.  The conference in Ankara follows on from previous symposia in Bari (1989), Geneva (1991), Venice (1994), Rhodes (1997), Seville (2000), Lisbon (2004), Orléans (2007) and Patras (2010) in the name of International Group on the Conservation of Monuments in the Mediterranean Basin (I.G.C.M.M.).  The theme chosen for this symposium is “IMPROVEMENTS IN CONSERVATION AND REHABILITATION - INTEGRATED METHODOLOGIES”, with the aim of building up stronger links between the scientific research results and the conservation practice. 

Contact Symposium Secretariat at or visit

19-21 June 2014, Turin Italy. “Study of the built environment” 

The third pan-European meeting of the European Architectural History Network proposes to increase the visibility of the discipline, to foster transnational, interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches to the study of the built environment, and to facilitate the exchange of research results in the field.

Visit for further details

22 - 25 July 2014, Guimarães Portugal “HERITAGE 2014” 4th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development

Deadline for abstracts submission: To be announced.  Full papers submission deadline: To be announced

Detailed information will be available soon at contact

25-27 September 2014, Dubrovnik, Croatia - The Best in Heritage 13th Edition

The Best in Heritage is an international, annual survey of award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects. 

Further information available at

HISTCAPE Open Conferences - 2014

Braga, Portugal • 25th March 2014

Styria, Austria • w/c 19th May 2014

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

Related Projects

PERHT –this project comes under the LIFE + 2011programme “Environmental Policy and Governance”. Aimed at small to medium sized historic towns it aims to look at issues related to transport (people and goods) and mobility in their historic urban centres.

Click here for the project outline

HERMAN PROJECT - Management of Cultural Heritage in Central Europe

The Official HERMAN project brochure with information on the project's structure, expected outputs and partners is now online.

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.

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.

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...