Introduction to the Project

Across the European Union, culture and cultural heritage constitute important assets for regional competitiveness and social cohesion, while shaping identities of cities and regions as well as affecting citizens’ well-being and quality of life. Peer learning for regional and city-level policymakers to promote knowledge transfer in the field of cultural heritage is one of the actions of the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage adopted at the end of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

Our consortium (EUROCITIES, KEA, ERRIN, Europa Nostra and Architects Council of Europe) has recently been selected by the European Commission to lead ‘Cultural heritage in action – Sharing solutions in European cities and regions’, a peer-learning project funded under the Creative Europe programme and running from January 2020 until April 2021.

Ultimately, the project shall empower cities and regions to strengthen their cultural heritage offers and develop innovative solutions to preserve cultural heritage assets.

Project Objectives

1. Participatory governance of cultural heritage
Participatory governance of cultural heritage is about participatory and people-centred approaches that involve the public sector, private stakeholders and civil society to:
co-design cultural heritage policies and programmes; share management and safeguarding of cultural heritage; increase the valorisation of cultural heritage in communities;
use cultural heritage as a resource for the community and territorial development.

2. Adaptive reuse of built heritage
Adaptive re-use of heritage buildings is the act of giving new use to an obsolete, underused or misused building. In adaptive reuse approach, rather than continuing the building’s existing use through upgrades or restoring it to a specific time period, the new use is defined and adapted to the building while preserving and respecting its value and significance.

3. Quality of interventions on cultural heritage
Interventions on cultural heritage are actions that impact or can impact places or sites of heritage interest and put heritage in danger. Quality interventions are the outcome of multiple factors including aesthetics, habitability, environmental friendliness, accessibility, integration into the surrounding environment and affordability. 

Successful local actions will be documented so that policymakers can strengthen their cultural heritage offers. Activities will build on the work done by the European Commission in relation to cultural heritage.

ERRIN's Role

ERRIN as one of the partners contributes to all actions of the project. The activities target cities and regions e.g. through peer-learning visits.

  • Ilaria d'Auria
  • Project Manager

Benefit & Links

30 local practices that are innovative, inspiring for other cities and regions and have a real impact on the ground were selected for a catalogue of good practices. 12 of them will be a focus of peer-learning visits, organised in a form of online sessions from March to May 2021. Learn more about the peer-learning visits here.

Project in Action

News

News

CHA key findings - Cultural heritage: a powerful catalyst for cities and regions

The key findings from ERRIN's Cultural Heritage in Action project have been compiled into a publication capturing the main trends of cultural heritage management in European cities and regions. 

Catalogue of good practices published by Cultural Heritage in Action

The EU peer-learning programme Cultural Heritage in Action, of which ERRIN is a partner, has published a collection of good practices from EU cities, regions, urban and non-urban and rural areas.

Cultural Heritage in Action launch

We are thrilled to launch Cultural Heritage in Action, a peer-learning programme for local and regional policymakers to exchange knowledge on cultural heritage, with a focus on participatory governance, adaptive reuse and quality of interventions.

Latest Updates

  • By Hilary Webb

CHA key findings - Cultural heritage: a powerful catalyst for cities and regions

The key findings from ERRIN's Cultural Heritage in Action project have been compiled into a publication capturing the main trends of cultural heritage management in European cities and regions. 

  • By Hilary Webb

Take part in Cultural Heritage in Action's next virtual peer-learning sessions from Budapest

The next Cultural Heritage in Action peer-learning sessions in Budapest will discuss how cultural heritage can be a driver for local community-building and an incentive for improving well-being via volunteering.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Join peer learning sessions for culture and cultural heritage

Several peer learning sessions focusing on regional policies for culture and cultural heritage will be organised in May and June as part of the Cultural Heritage in Action project, in which ERRIN is a partner. 

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Join a peer learning session on regional policies for culture and cultural heritage

Central Scotland, a pioneer region in the field of audience engagement via cultural heritage, will host a peer learning session focusing on regional policies for culture and cultural heritage. The peer learning sessions are part of the Cultural Heritage in Action project, in which ERRIN is a partner.

  • By Hilary Webb

Apply for Cultural Heritage in Action online peer-learning visits

Applications for a series of online peer-learning visits coordinated by the Cultural Heritage in Action Project are open until 8 February 2021.

  • By Hilary Webb

Catalogue of good practices published by Cultural Heritage in Action

The EU peer-learning programme Cultural Heritage in Action, of which ERRIN is a partner, has published a collection of good practices from EU cities, regions, urban and non-urban and rural areas.