Projectworld Newsletter July 2020

Foreword by the castle captain

Dear Reader, dear Colleagues,

The past months have been a great challenge for all of us: distance rules, mask requirements and travel bans have had a major impact on our project work. We had to postpone project meetings and switch to working from home - which means that the project partners could only exchange ideas online and by phone. The partners therefore decided to apply for an extension of the project duration. This is the only way that planned activities can be implemented in the anticipated quality.

Corona has also stopped preparation of the BHOe Congress 2020. Instead there will be three specialist events with specific subjects.

Nevertheless, we can report a great success: the FLIP2 project "INCREAS" started on June 15, 2020! This unique pilot project defines and structures the new sector “(built) cultural heritage & creative industries” - an historic opportunity. The rudiments for a successful composition are created and at the same time the new sector gains significance. An important result of the project will be a prototype of the EUComp-Centre - the Competence and Community Centre at Mauerbach.

Like all previous projects, "INCREAS" does serve one purpose: to maintain, strengthen and, ideally, expand the competence of the BHOe team and its partners. Together we will confidently continue along this very successful path in order to keep getting even better. 

In this edition of the Projectworld newsletter you can read more about “INCREAS” and other project activities in the past few months, as well as about the tasks of a castle captain.

In the name of all employees, I wish you a restful summer - stay healthy and enjoy a pleasant time with family and friends as luckily this is permitted again. 

Reinhold Sahl

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Did you know, that the (EU) projects of Burghauptmannschaft Oesterreich are now presented on their own website? Here you will find all completed and currently running projects with a brief description.
Previous and all future newsletters are also available there any time. Current projects are of course linked to the respective project website.
You find an overview of projects here.

The European Heritage Academy – Re-start

The offer of The European Heritage Academy is further expanded with "INCREAS".

The EHA, as the Academy is called, is supported by Burghauptmannschaft Oesterreich (BHOe) and the Federal Monuments Office Austria (BDA), which have thus responded to the need for further training in the field of historical buildings. 

In the following interview, Mr. Reinhold Sahl, head of Burghauptmannschaft Oesterreich - a subordinate agency of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs – talks about his experiences and learnings as castle captain.

Interview Part I

EHA Kurse werden laufend angeboten und bilden gemeinsam mit e-Learning die Basis für die Zertifizierung durch die ECQA – European Certification and Qualification Association, eine in Österreich ansässige internationale Vereinigung.

Find more information about The European Heritage Academy here.

Horizon 2020 Projekt PRO-Heritage – More first results

The Horizon 2020 project PRO-Heritage is approaching halfway - the partners are working on the preservation of traditional craftsmanship in the cultural heritage sector for almost a year and a half. The main result of the project, a sound curriculum for the further training of specialists in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energies for built cultural heritage is available in the first version. The document can be downloaded from the project website.

The last project meeting took place online for the first time on June 18 and 19, 2020. Despite this challenge, the team worked constructively and presented the completed country reports and the selected Best Practice examples.

During the meeting, the extension of the project duration was discussed and decided. This gives the consortium enough time to make up for the weeks lost due to the Corona crisis. The project schedule is revised and project meetings as well as study visits are re-scheduled.

You can find out more about the Horizon 2020 project PRO-Heritage and the first draft of the curriculum here.

Cultural Heritage Label and EHL@Network – Rise of a Brand

The network's project work has also suffered from the limitations of the past few weeks. A planned meeting in Lublin had to be postponed to 2021, instead there will be an online meeting in early July. The consortium plans to extend the project duration in order to be able to manage all tasks. Lots of ideas from the October meeting are now being worked out in detail. Since the meeting in Olomouc in February, the ideas gathered have been turned into work plans and the first steps were taken. Due to Corona planning was on hold and partners now have to adjust their plans. The consortium will soon have a close look at an extensive strategy paper on branding, which forms the basis for the conception and development of branding activities.

Branding is an essential part of the project application. In order to create a strong brand, it is necessary to gain clarity about your own basic values, to have common goals and to create a common brand image. This is exactly the goal of the EHL@N brand strategy. What is important here is a common brand design (corporate design) and the consistent use of the EHL brand logo.

Brands create images in the minds of people and the more positive they are, the more likely addressees are to become interested in the “products” - in the case of EHL these are the achievements of the bearers. This strengthens the EHL locations as well as the whole of Europe, for which the sites ultimately stand. They are important for all citizens of the European Union and form a solid basis for a truly united Europe.

More about the project EHL@N here.

Cultural Heritage Label Imperial Palace Vienna - First Evaluation

After four years, the first monitoring was carried out by the representatives of the cultural heritage label of the EU Commission. An abundance of photos and reports were sent to Brussels. In the monitoring process it is checked to what degree promised measures have been implemented and whether the label shall stay with the site. So, exciting moments for the owner BHOe, currently waiting for feedback from the EU Commission.

One important element of the EHL concept of the Hofburg Vienna is the overall appearance of the huge building complex - with 240,000 m² the largest coherent historical profane site in Europe. So far, only a small number of users have a public appearance - such as the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Museumsquartier or the Sisi Museum.

The almost completed EHL website of the Hofburg Vienna shows for the first time the enormous size of the complex: after all 2,600 rooms, 18 wings and 19 courtyards. There are 16 world-class museums with 69 collections and a total of 12.5 million books and objects.

The Imperial Palace Vienna has played a vital role in many political decisions over the centuries. Because of these events, which also had a major impact on the whole of Europe, the Imperial Palace Vienna was awarded the European Heritage Label. However, a bearer may not rest on this award. That is why further steps are certainly planned for the EHL site Imperial Palace Vienna.

More about EHL and the new Imperial Palace Vienna website can be found in a special NewsTicker soon.

FLIP2-INCREAS – Once in a Lifetime

In the last decade Cultural Heritage moved more and more into the centre of attention of the European Commission. The Culture Programme stimulated and invested in European initiatives like Capitals of Culture, the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European Heritage Label and other. A series of reports and strategies like the European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st Century have been developed and issued. By now those give a rather clear picture, where Cultural Europe plans to be heading in the years to come.

The challenge at this point in time is to take action and put things suggested into practice. This pilot project is seen by partners as a perfect opportunity to continue several streams of action taken over the last five years: – building upon EU projects like MODI-FY, PRO-Heritage, RCIA as well as the European Heritage Label - awarded to the Union of Lublin 2014 and the Imperial Palace Vienna 2016.

Existing tools like ESCO and EU SkillsPanorama will be adapted and updated. Thus creating a strong sector combining Cultural Heritage – mainly built - & CCIs to the benefit of both.

At the same time a series of innovative educational measures like sophisticated digital skills modules are developed and implemented. A structured peer-to-peer exchange programme and initiatives to preserve traditional craftsmanship by attracting young people to those shall guarantee the survival of skills at risk.
One highlight of the pilot project outputs will be a prototype of the European Competence & Community Centre for Heritage Assets, short EUComp-Centre, which is going to be implemented in Mauerbach, AT. In regards to competence the focus here will be on built heritage. It will demonstrate, how such centres can strongly contribute to the economic wealth of European Regions.

BHOe Congress – Replacement

The European Congress on the Use, Management and Conservation of Historic Buildings has been held once a year since 2012 - an event that brings experts from all over Europe to Vienna. 

During the congress, highly topical issues of the maintenance of historical buildings are presented and discussed intensively by the participants. In the meantime, the BHOe Congress has become a popular place for an exchange of views between experts, EU project partners and BHOe employees.

Due to the expected corona restrictions, no congress will take place in 2020. Instead of the congress, there will be three specific specialist events, so-called specialist events, such as

- EHL Network Day, where EHL bearer organisations and EHL@N project partners will meet and discuss their topics

- PRO-Heritage Promotion Day, where the project and its present results are disseminated to interested stakeholders and colleagues

- FLIP2-INCREAS Symposium, which will promote the new project and shall present its planned effects on the evolving sector.

Thus diverse topics are replacing the well-established congress! Thereby the team of Burghauptmannschaft Oesterreich will continue to offer sufficient space for subject-specific exchange, information and co-operation.

Flashlight – European Heritage Volunteers

The projects offered by European Heritage Volunteers are very diverse. The duration of each is two weeks and they are led by experienced craftspeople or other field-specific professionals. They are open to both professionals and volunteers with no previous heritage-linked training or skills.

This European Heritage Training Course will be the first project ever taking place within the framework of the European Heritage Volunteers Programme in Austria. It commences at Belvedere, which uniquely blends the experience of architecture and art. The whole ensemble belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage site “Historic Centre of Vienna”.

Find more about European Heritage Volunteers here. 

Current EHA course dates:

SS2020M1.1: 15.-17.09.2020
SS2020M2.1: 19.-22.10.2020
WS2020M3.1: 24.-26.11.2020
WS2020M4.1: 19.-21.01.2021

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