Projectworld Newsletter December 2020

Foreword by the castle captain

Dear Reader, dear Colleagues,

2020 is coming to an end and many of us are quite happy about it. We still live with distance rules, mask requirements and travel bans, which continue to have a strong impact on our project work. For these reasons, we held project meetings online for the first time this year and even conducted events online. Quite a big challenge!

Nevertheless, I can draw a very positive balance: the interest in the specialist events was great and the participation even greater. Two of our projects have now passed half-time, while another has started successfully. As reported, Covid19 has stopped the BHOe Congress 2020. Instead a specialist event took place for each project: for the EHL network, for PRO-Heritage and INCREAS.

The unique pilot project “INCREAS” has started and will define and structure the new sector “(Built) Cultural Heritage & Creative Industries” - a historic opportunity. The rudiments for a successful design are in place and at the same time the new sector is gaining on importance. An major result of the project will be a prototype of the EUComp center.

In this edition of the Projectworld newsletter you can read more about "INCREAS" and other project activities over the last few months, as well as something about the duties of a castle captain.

On behalf of all employees, I wish you a Merry and Peaceful Christmas - stay healthy and have a good start into the New Year 2021. 

Reinhold Sahl

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The European Heritage Academy – Re-start

The European Heritage Academy offers further education in the field of historic buildings. Behind EHA, as the Academy is called in short, stand Burghauptmannschaft Oesterreich (BHOe) and the Federal Monuments Office Austria (BDA) as holders.

EHA courses are offered on an ongoing basis and, together with e-learning, form the basis for certification by the ECQA - European Certification and Qualification Association (, an international association based in Austria.

Find more information about The European Heritage Academy here.

Horizon 2020 project PRO-Heritage - First Half

The Horizon 2020 project PRO-Heritage by now runs for one and a half years and partners have submitted the interim report. The first products such as country reports and the list of Best Practice Examples, as well as the curriculum based on them, have been completed.

On 14 October 2020 the first symposium organised in PRO-Heritage took place at the Charterhouse Mauerbach. This event has partially replaced the previous European Congress on the Use, Management and Maintenance of Historically significant Buildings, which was owed to the ongoing Covid19 crisis. Due to the increased numbers of infections, the event could be attended both onsite and online. The programme of the symposium is available here.

This event was of course designed around the content of PRO-Heritage. In other words, further training of specialists in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energies for built Cultural Heritage - and what has been achieved in the project so far.

As for the last project meeting on June 18 and 19, 2020, the partners met online again for the specialist symposium. Despite this challenge, the team worked constructively and re-attuned the project plan. You can find more about the Horizon 2020 project PRO-Heritage and the first completed products here.

Cultural Heritage Label and EHL@Network – Another Half

The network's project work also had to be adapted to Covid19 and so an online meeting took place at the beginning of July. The consortium has panned the EHL Network Day on 13 October 2020 in detail and took part in the event mainly online.

Online access also made it possible for other sites, e.g. the newly awarded, national coordinators and representatives of the EU Commission to be able to participate. Through the use of interactive online tools, the participants could actively contribute. Furthermore, the details for a photo competition, which will be held in January and February 2021, have been finalised. The programme and some presentations of the EHL Network Day are available here.

The extensive strategy paper that the partners have already commented on, was the basis for an in-depth discussion on creating an EHL brand. Concrete marketing activities to strengthen the brand are now derived from this.

Another important topic of the symposium in Vienna was the repeated presentation of theCommunication Toolbox for EHL siteswhich refers to a common brand design (corporate design) and the consistent use of the EHL brand logo.

Brands create images in people's minds and the more positive they are, the more likely people are to be interested in the “products” - in case of EHL, the services of the sites.

More about the project EHL@N here.

Cultural Heritage Label Imperial Palace Vienna - Approval

The first monitoring report of the panel is available and confirms the direction of the last few years. The abundance of photos and reports was rated positively, only in the field of youth there is more effort needed. The new website as an important element of the EHL concept of the Imperial Palace Vienna will go online at the end of 2020. It is the first complete appearance of the huge building complex - with more than 240,000 m² the largest coherent historical secular complex in Europe. So far, only a number of users have appeared individually in public - such as the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Museumsquartier or the Sisi Museum.

With the EHL website of the Imperial Palace Vienna the enormous size of the complex becomes obvious for the first time: after all, 2,600 rooms, 18 wings and 19 courtyards. There are 16 world-class museums here, with 69 collections and a total of 12.5 million books and objects.

The Imperial Palace Vienna presents itself as a city within the city, with a diversity that is seldomly found. A multitude of "spaces", such as living, business, research or play and learning space, as well as nature and traffic space, create a colorful, lively Imperial Palace Vienna, which is available to young and old for a variety of purposes. As the European Cultural Heritage Label is regularly checked, a bearer cannot rest on this award. That is why further steps are planned for the Imperial Palace Vienna Cultural Heritage site.

More about EHL and the new Imperial Palace Vienna website from January 2021 here.

In the following interview, Mr. Reinhold Sahl, head of Burghauptmannschaft Oesterreich - a subordinate agency of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs – talks more about the experience with the European Heritage Label.

Interview Part II

FLIP2-INCREAS – Full Start

The INCREAS pilot project has started! The objectives were discussed in a first meeting and on 15 October 2020 the symposium on INCREAS took place in the Charterhouse Mauerbach. You can find details on the schedule and programme of the event here.

The INCREAS partners have already started their first activities, comparing and checking the ESCO professions and the competencies listed in the Skills Panorama. This is necessary in order to define the structure of the newly created Cultural Heritage and Creative Industries sector as best as possible.
Furthermore, the stakeholders were analysed and summarised on a corresponding list. This is the basis for the most extensive matching in order to structure the new sector. Existing tools such as ESCO and EU SkillsPanorama will be supplemented and up-dated. This defines a strong sector that combines Cultural Heritage - primarily built - and Creative Industries for mutual benefit. As a result, a number of innovative training measures, such as highly developed digital competence modules, are developed and implemented.
A structured exchange programme and initiatives to preserve traditional craftsmanship through the involvement of young people are intended, to ensure the survival of endangered skills.

A special result of the pilot project will be a prototype of the European Competence and Community Centre for Cultural Heritage, EUComp Centre for short, which will be set up in Mauerbach, AT.
A special result of the pilot project will be a prototype of the European Competence and Community Centre for Cultural Heritage, EUComp Centre for short, which will be set up in Mauerbach, AT. The main focus is on built Cultural Heritage. It will show how such centres can make a powerful contribution to the economic success of European regions.

You can find more information about INCREAS here.

BHOe Congress – Replacement

The European Congress on the Use, Management and Maintenance of Historically Significant Buildings has been taking place annually since 2012 - an event that brings experts from all over Europe to Vienna.

In 2020 everything was different as due to Covid19, no major event seemed sensible. Instead, three specific specialist events – symposia - took place:

- an EHL Networking Day, on which EHL sites, national coordinators, representatives of the EU Commission and the Panel, as well as EHL@N project partners met and discussed their topics

- an PRO-Heritage Promotion Dayin which the project and its previous results were presented to interested stakeholders and colleagues

- an FLIP2-INCREAS Symposium, in which the new project was presented and the planned impacts were explained

Thus, Burghauptmannschaft Oesterreich still offered sufficient space for specialist exchange, information and cooperation in 2020. You can find an overview and the programme of the events here.

Interreg project COL - Full Power

The renovation work on the “Schüttkasten“ at Pfarrgasse in Retz is progressing. The undertaking is largely financed by EU funds (Interreg AT-CZ); the municipality of Retz participates in the EU project Center for Restoration of Common Cultural Heritage (COL). “The renovation costs amount to around 800,000 Euros and completion is scheduled for December 2020”, as Mayor Helmut Koch explained during a tour of the construction site.

For Retz and Znojmo, twin cities since 1998, the project also means a deepening of mutual relationships. The main result of the COL project will be two exemplary refurbished and developed architectural monuments on both sides of the border. The so-called "Old School" in the Znojmo Monastery Louka (Klosterbruck) was selected as an example of an extraordinary monument that has decayed for a long time.

The second object is the “Schüttkasten” in Retz, which, in contrast, represents a typical monument of local importance, which most often is the subject of refurbishment. Both buildings will allow the organisation of conferences, exhibitions, and guiding, information, cultural and educational activities.

Due to the complexity and breadth of the topics, these will often be activities causing overnight stays, as those responsible explain to NÖN.

Source: NÖN, 22 May, 2020

European Heritage Volunteers - Review

For the first time, a European Heritage Training Course was held in Austria. It took place at the Belvedere, which combines the experience of architecture and art in a unique way. The entire ensemble is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Historic Center Vienna". 15 students took part on the project.

The projects offered by European Heritage Volunteers are very diverse. The duration is two weeks each and they are led by experienced craftsmen and specialist experts. They are open to both professionals and volunteers with no prior training or heritage-related skills.

Find more about European Heritage Volunteers here.

Flashlight – Via Habsburg

The Via Habsburg is a certified “Council of Europe Cultural Route” since 2014. It connects the individual historical locations, which are closely related to the House of Habsburg (-Lothringen), with each other and with European history.

Along around 1.000 km currently 84 institutions from the fields of culture, art and tourism are involved. A total of 150 tourist destinations on Lake Constance, in the Black Forest, in Alsace and Lorraine as well as in Tyrol and, with the Emperor’s Villa in Bad Ischl, also in the “Salzkammergut”, are connected by the Cultural Route.


Did you know that Burghauptmannschaft Oesterreich has developed a Memo game for the EU Commission in 2018? Here you find EHL sites in pairs of images and you can train your good memory. An educational gift, ideal for long winter evenings at home
The Memo game can be orderd here: .