NextGen: Safeguarding the Future of Heritage

Whilst the past takes care of itself, the future of heritage is always uncertain and requires active care and guardianship.  Indeed, the questions of intergenerational transmission, guardianship and sustainability are the cornerstones of the European Historic Houses’ existence and such issues deserve a durable and strong engagement.

The European Historic Houses Association is committed to supporting and promoting the sustainability and good guardianship of built heritage in private hands from generation to generation.  This is achieved through its European NextGen Framework.

The NextGen framework was developed in 2014, with a view to supporting National Associations more actively in widening the participation by young and future members.  This followed a landmark decision in 2010 to encourage Member Associations to nominate Young Governors to the European Historic Houses Annual General Assembly, thereby assuring that voices from the future will sit at today’s top table.

In the recently created role of Next Generation Coordinator, William Cartwright-Hignett works with National Associations across the continent to create and develop their own NextGen groups.  The members of these groups in turn participate at the annual European Historic Houses NextGen Conference and other events at European level.  National NextGen groups themselves organise events and create partnerships which support young and future owners on matters relating to the management of heritage property and inter-generational transmission.

Key to our commitment to NextGen participation is the organisation of the annual NextGen Heritage Conference, which is unique in focusing specifically on the future of heritage property from the perspective of young and future owners. The Conferences in Oxford (UK), Fontainebleau (France), Sienna (Italy), Seville (Spain), and Morges (Switzerland) offered participants from across the continent an opportunity to meet and discuss mutual challenges and opportunities, whilst hearing from high-level speakers and learning from the experience of current guardians of heritage.

Find your NextGen group by contacting your national association.  If your Association does not yet offer specific provision for young members at this time, please contact our NextGen Coordinator directly: