Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe

“The overall objective of the Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe project is twofold. On the one hand it aims at collecting and analysing evidence for the significance of cultural heritage for the European economy, society, culture and environment. On the other hand, it seeks to raise awareness of the value of cultural heritage for the development of contemporary Europe. The goal has been detailed into specific objectives:

  • to raise the profile and understanding of the importance of cultural heritage for the economy and society;
  • to create a network of expertise on these issues which can be mobilised throughout Europe;
  • to strengthen the co-operation and networking capacities of the full range of organisations involved in the conservation of cultural heritage;
  • to foster communication and partnership between professionals at all levels, including local, national and European authorities and municipalities, educational institutions and heritage organisations;
  • to create a comprehensive and readily accessible set of data on the multiple benefits of cultural heritage that will provide the arguments to convince policy-makers of the need to develop a true EU strategy for cultural heritage;
  • to identify gaps in information and areas of possible future research;
  • to develop recommendations on how data collection can be managed into the future so that trends can be established, indicators updated annually and change measured over time;
  • to develop a series of policy recommendations for tapping into the full potential of cultural heritage.

This report aims to demonstrate how the potential of cultural heritage can impact various aspects of life with real life examples in Europe. Moreover, the intention of the project is to present conclusive and persuasive arguments for convincing policy- and decision-makers of the impact of cultural heritage and the multiple benefits of investing in it. In order to achieve this goal, a broad mapping procedure was implemented to collect evidence-based research, conducted in Europe, on the various areas of impact of cultural heritage.” (p.37)