DSC_7957On October 2, 2015, the European Historic Houses Association organised its annual conference. This year the conference, that took place at the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria, was entitled “Europe’s Private Heritage at Risk”.

After an opening speech by Mr. Jens Nymand-Christensen, the deputy director of the DG Education and Culture at the European Commission, two different panels discussed the major challenges, but also the many opportunities for Europe’s private cultural heritage.

The first panel, entitled “Best ways to sustain our cultural heritage”, revolved around the recent research report ‘Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe’, presented by Brian Smith, a member of the steering committee of the consortium responsible for the report. The panellists discussed on the ways in which Europe’s cultural heritage could be valorized through innovative projects like micro-farms, as well as on the role public authorities can play in preserving Europe’s historic houses.

The second panel, with the title “Best ways to protect our cultural goods” focused on the issue of the illicit trafficking of cultural goods, a long-term priority of the association. Panelists included officers from the art units of Interpol and the Belgian federal police, as well as owners of historic houses and a representative of the insurance industry.

Conference notes: Conference Notes Europe’s Private Heritage at Risk