Following the seminar of Bourglinster devoted to
the European reading of the city, the French Ministry of Culture
wished to continue its collaboration with the Institute in the form
of a reflection on the way in which certain European cities
consider the valorisation of their heritage.
Within the framework of a common view on heritage
or of a European observation of heritage, it would indeed be
necessary to find concrete methods of work in the fields of public
interest concerning the heritage and in institutions, governments,
an intention of work
The web site of the Institute has the role of
presenting certain finished work, but it must also act as an
incentive for new projects and open discussions. This is why we
devote this space to a reflection in progress, which we shall
enrich in the future.
Various questions remain to be asked to sensitise
all actors to a European approach to heritage. Here are some raised
during the first meetings that took place in Paris in 2001:
Sefardic quarter in Girona, Spain. Photo
Red de Juderias de Espana
- Who are the key characters in the heritage policy of a
- How can a networking of cities facilitate a European
- What are the means implemented from a practical point of
- What are the various trades or the various functions involved
in the heritage service of a municipality?
- Is there a policy of continuing education?
- How can one constitute a tourist site with the participation of
all actors involved in the heritage sector?
- In what spirit does one approach a European
It is starting from a grid of questions of this
kind, put at the same time to political leaders and to
administrative persons, that we planned to bring together six
distant European cities - distant from a geographical point of view
as well as from the point of view of the specificity of their
principal heritage. For example, Manchester and its industrial
heritage, Girona and its Sephardic one, Vilnius and its Jewish
heritage, Weimar and its memory...
Once this comparison is made, it would also be
extremely interesting if the cities that have started to work
together also approach the analysis of another city and bring their
own light on the interpretation they could make. It would be indeed
a concrete and practical means to cross cultural approaches.
University of Vilnius, Lithuania. Photo
To this end, it was suggested to choose an example
rich in terms of history and memory, a district of the German
capital, located at the limit of the districts formerly separated
by the Wall...