The European Union and the Council of Europe have declared 2018 to be the European Year of Cultural Heritage - saying
“The ideals, principles and values embedded in the European cultural heritage constitute a shared source of remembrance, understanding, identity, dialogue, cohesion and creativity for Europe. “
“The European Year of Cultural Heritage will offer opportunities for European citizens to better understand the present through a richer and shared interpretation of the past. It will stimulate a better evaluation of the social and economic benefits of cultural heritage and of its contribution to economic growth and social cohesion.”


Europe is a continent which has a rich cultural heritage. Cultural heritage is the fabric of our lives and societies
It surrounds us in the buildings of our towns and cities and is expressed through natural landscapes and archaeological sites. It is also expressed through historic documents, books and archives, art and objects but also by the crafts we learn, the know how we hand over between generations, the stories we tell, the food we eat and the films we watch.
Cultural heritage brings communities together and builds shared understandings of the places we live in. The digital world too, is transforming the way we access heritage.

The diversity of our heritage illustrates the diversity of European. Understanding an cheerishing our heritage is essential to the development of a genuine openness of mind and to understand how Europe and the European cultures have been developing in the past and will develop into the future.

The 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, will be an unprecedented year of events and celebrations.



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