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European Cultural Heritage Strategy recommendates Adopt a Monument

Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st century is published. Among the recommendations is Adopt a Monument (S5 – Assess citizen participation practices and procedures). What an honour to be an example for the whole Europe!

Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st century

Doing Together - Adopt a Monument Seminar 9th–10th September 2016

The seminar marks the success of the ‘Adopt a Monument project’ in the EU Grand Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2016 and is also part of the programme of the European Cultural Heritage Days.

The seminar takes place on Friday, September the 9th, 2016 at 9.30–16 in Finland, Tampere, in the auditorium of Museum center Vapriikki. Following day, Saturday, 10th September, you are welcome to participate in an excursion to see some adopted monuments. The excursion lasts from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.

The detailed seminar program (pdf)

The seminar and the excursion are provided free of charge. Please register for the Friday seminar and the Saturday excursion no later than on Thursday, 8 September 2016, by email to pirkanmaan.maakuntamuseo(a) Please include info about any food allergies.
The excursion involves walking in terrain, so please wear a good pair of walking shoes and clothing to fit the weather.



Cast your vote for your favourite heritage project of 2016 and win a trip to Madrid in May!

Don’t forget to vote for the Public Choice Award from among this year’s winners of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards.
We, of course, we would prefer you to vote for the Finnish ‘Adopt a monument’ programm, but there are certainly many good projects that can earn your vote, in fact there are 28 projects from 16 countries to choose from!

You can vote until 8 May 2016. The project with the most votes will receive the Public Choice Award during the European Heritage Awards Ceremony on 24 May 2016 at the Zarzuela Theatre in Madrid in the presence of Maestro Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, and European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics.

Vote now and have the chance to win a trip for two to Madrid and be a special guest at the Awards Ceremony! Also, please, spread the word on your website, social media and network of contacts. Lets all vote!

Voting instructions
Go to:
Choose 3 of your favorites from 28 candidates by clicking the ‘Vote’ button
Enter your name, country and e-mail address, then click the ‘Send your vote’ button
Confirm your vote by clicking the ‘Confirm your vote’ button on an e-mail you received
Note that each email address can only be used  for voting once

Adopt a Monument receive an Europa Nostra Award 2016!

For the first time The EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra prize 2016 is awarded to a project originating in Tampere, Finland. The award is the highest honor on the cultural heritage sector in Europe. Adopt a monument programme is organized by Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum located at the Museum Centre Vapriikki. In the Tampere region over 300 volunteers, working on about twenty valuable cultural heritage sites are involved in the Adopt a Monument activities. The award is also addressed to all these adopters and their valuable work!

Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum has developed the Adopt a Monument programme since 2008, first according to a Scottish example, then on the basis and the needs of the people and heritage of Finland and Tampere Region. At first the focus was on archaeological sites, but since 2013 the programme has also included buildings. Citizens take care of cultural heritage sites and improve the common environment, museum professionals such as archaeologists, built environment researchers and master builders offer help. Same type of activities have already began to spread to other parts of Finland; for instance Central Finland and the metropolitan area.

Adopt a Monument work fosters the idea that by supporting volunteer work a genuine cultural spirit is generated, and thus is produced sustainable development and preservation of cultural heritage. A large part of the Adopt a monument enthusiasts are working long-term to benefit one particular site significant to them. Others opt to take part on a short-term voluntary work. Adopt a monument strives to organize cultural camps and a variety of cultural events to answer to these needs also.

Award criteria designated by Europa Nostra: “‘Adopt a Monument’ is a creative way to actively involve local inhabitants in the care and preservation of their local heritage and helps to encourage the protection of smaller, unprotected buildings. The wide array of structures that are ‘up for adoption’ are from many different periods in history and shows the inclusive nature of this programme. The project is sustainable and its potential to be applied across Europe is evident.”

Official press release in English by Europa Nostra
Official press release in Finnish by Europa Nostra Finland
The introductory video of EU Prize for Cultural Heritage 2016 award winners: Adopt a Monument