2018 was the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Over the course of these 12 months, the European Year showcased the wealth and diversity of Europe’s cultural heritage, highlighting its role in driving economic and social development, and in creating a shared sense of identity and building Europe’s future.
To ensure that the efforts initiated during the Year have a lasting impact beyond 2018, the European Commission has released a European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage.
The European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage takes up a holistic approach looking at the tangible, intangible and digital dimensions of cultural heritage as inseparable and interconnected. It covers 5 areas of actions:
- Cultural heritage for an inclusive Europe
- Cultural heritage for a sustainable Europe
- Cultural heritage for a resilient Europe
- Cultural heritage for an innovative Europe
- Cultural heritage for stronger global partnerships
“Heritage for an Innovative Europe” aims at leveraging technological tools for innovation on cultural heritage. The development of innovative technologies, such as virtual or augmented reality, will be supported to enhance people’s experiences with cultural heritage, while digital tools such as 3D scanning play a major role in the preservation and restoration of physical heritage assets.
The Framework has also established a Cultural Heritage Forum, which will act as a platform for consultation and exchanging best practice for sustainable and participatory cultural heritage policies in Europe.
Access to the full framework here.