21/05/2015: Ireland hosts 10th annual meeting for European Heads of Heritage
The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, is this evening (Thursday) hosting a delegation of European Heads of Heritage in Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare as part of their 10th annual meeting.
As this year’s Chair of the European Heads of Heritage Forum (EHHF) troika, Ireland is holding a two-day forum in Dublin Castle where the Heads will be invited to reflect on ‘Shaping the Future – Heritage-Led Regeneration and Consolidation’.
Speaking in advance of the forum, Minister Humphreys said:
“Heritage-led regeneration can bring social, cultural, economic and environmental life back into a local area. The unique identity of a town or city is so often underpinned by its cultural heritage. Indeed the promotion and protection of our heritage can help to enhance the quality of life for all residents.
“Our built and natural environment plays an important role in sustainable development, economic recovery and jobs creation. This EHH Forum will focus on shared priorities and collaborative strategies across Europe in relation to heritage-led regeneration. The Forum will explore how financial incentives can be used to encourage regeneration and the opportunities and constraints that apply to adapting historic buildings to new uses.”
This conference is organised by the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with the EHHF, the Office of Public Works and Dublin City Council. As part of the event delegates will visit Trinity College Dublin where historic buildings have been adapted and re-used in innovative ways as part of regeneration projects.
Note to Editors:
The European Heritage Heads Forum is an informal professional and expert network for national heritage heads (built heritage, landscapes and archaeology) of the European Union and European Economic Area that provides a forum for information and experience exchange about the management of the historic environment in the 21st century. Since 2006, the members of the EHHF meet annually to highlight their shared interest in the cultural heritage of Europe. Discussion centres on emerging trends, political engagement, European legislation and the scope of international heritage protection and how these affect our cities and towns. The EHHF also looks at research, development, current challenges and the economic future of heritage throughout Europe.
The EHHF troika currently consists of of Ireland, Belgium and Switzerland.