2016 European Heritage Awards

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Conversion of De Hoorn brewery into a creative hub, Leuven, BELGIUM (Conservation)
The original 1923 brewery of the famous Stella Artois beer has now - 20 years after its closure - been lovingly restored by local cultural and creative entrepreneurs. The jury stated they have brought an abandoned building back to life with a truly imaginative use of the spaces within the well conserved, historic fabric.

Byzantine Church of St. Peter in Kastania, Mani, GREECE (Conservation)
The 12th century Byzantine church of St. Peter in the village of Kastania was in a poor state when repairs began. The jury notes that the collaboration of private and public bodies and the high-quality of the work both inside and outside is commendable and illustrates the Byzantine contribution to European culture.

Traditional Watermill in Agios Germanos, Prespes, GREECE (Conservation)
The restoration of this 1930s watermill has created a “living monument”, a symbol of the shared industrial heritage of Greece, Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The jury concluded that the social impact as well as the preservation of this fine example of industrial heritage is worthy of the highest merit.

The French Hospital in Faskrudsfjordur, ICELAND (Conservation)
For over 30 years the hospital for French Fishermen – with a chapel, an infirmary and a Doctor’s house – was abandoned. Now a museum and hotel, the monument has regained its place in the community. The jury highlighted that this project recaptures a part of European history in embracing this link between France and Iceland.

The Diocletian Baths: charterhouse and open-air pool, Rome, ITALY (Conservation)
In the 16th-century, a charterhouse with an adjoining church and monastery was built on the ancient ruins of the Diocletian Baths. For decades the site had been largely closed due to safety reasons. The jury appreciated the high quality restoration of this iconic monument which unifies the Roman and Renaissance eras.

Museum Oud Amelisweerd in Bunnik, Utrecht, THE NETHERLANDS (Conservation)
Since 1989, this 18th century residence lay in disrepair. The restoration of the mansion, now a modern art museum, impressed the jury, especially the innovations in climate controls which make the responsible display of the rare Chinese wallpapers and textile wall coverings possible.

Fort Kijkuit in Kortenhoef, Noord-Holland, THE NETHERLANDS (Conservation)
The condition of this UNESCO listed military fort worsened year after year. The Society for the Protection of Natural Monuments has now repurposed the site in many ways. The jury appreciated the contemporary architecture which complements the original structure and sets a good example for other sites in Europe.

Cathedral and Diocesan Museum in Santarém, PORTUGAL (Conservation)
Both the facade and the interior of the Cathedral required stabilisation and cleaning as well as replacement of some features which had eroded. The jury stressed that the high quality of this complex, faithful conservation of both art and architecture is an impressive accomplishment.

The King's Little Pathway in El Chorro gorge, Malaga, SPAIN (Conservation)
This partially suspended walkway through an impressive gorge was used as a short cut to the hydroelectric plant on the other site of the mountain. The jury stated that the renovation of “one of the world’s scariest hikes” has now secured and opened up this natural and industrial heritage to all visitors.

Six Churches in Lorca, Murcia, SPAIN (Conservation)
These churches in the historic centre of the city were seriously damaged during a 2011 earthquake. The fantastic reaction of civic society impressed the jury who praised the astounding quality of restoration work, faithful to the original architecture while incorporating earthquake resistant measures.

Knockando Woolmill in Aberlour, Moray, UNITED KINGDOM (Conservation)
In 2000, the condition of both the buildings and the machinery of this 200 year old Scottish woolmill was critical. The jury applauded the community's involvement, the generation of new employment opportunities and the attraction of visitors to this relatively remote region as a wonderful example for comparable locations throughout Europe.

Wimpole Hall’s Gothic Tower in Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, UNITED KINGDOM (Conservation)
Built as a pseudo-medieval ruin of a castle, this 18th century tower had suffered extensive and gradual erosive damage. The jury noted that intellectually, this project raises questions about the preservation of a designed ruin and inspires thought about the very nature of conservation.

Preservation of underwater archaeological sites, European project coordinated in Copenhagen, DENMARK (Research)
Research institutions and companies from seven countries came together to change the state of marine archaeology and conservation in Europe with innovative technologies and methodologies. The jury praised their commitment to disseminating their findings to heritage professionals around the world.

‘Granaries of Memory’, Bra, ITALY (Research)
Researchers from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Northern Italy conducted over a thousand interviews to capture memories of food and regional cuisine in local communities. The Jury praised the project as an example of good practice in conserving intangible heritage.

Digitisation of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center’s collection in Leiden, THE NETHERLANDS (Research)
The industrial style digitisation of nearly 9 million zoological, botanical and geological specimens from this museum's important collection is of tremendous value to researchers everywhere. The jury was impressed by this example of best practice in collection digitisation.

Conservation study of the village Gostuša in Pirot district, SERBIA (Research)
This study of endangered vernacular architecture in this unique mountain village boosted the sense of community and provided new potential for social and economic growth. The jury also noted that the project is an admirable example of the influence of good research and conservation.

Prehistoric Picture Project. Pitoti: Digital Rock-Art, Cambridge, UNITED KINGDOM (Research)
This truly European project to study the Rock Drawings in Valcamonica, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Italian Alps, impressed the jury by its use of film, photography, animation and state-of-the-art 3D scanning technology to present the rock art to the public and to encourage visitor interaction.

Employees and activists of the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (Dedicated Service)
Deprived of public funding and support, the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina shut its doors in 2012. However, the museum workers continued to work without pay for three years. A public campaign organised by the NGO, AKCIJA, helped to raise awareness of the museum’s plight. The jury applauds the combined efforts of the dedicated employees and activists that have now resulted in the reopening of the museum.

Mrs. Giulia Maria Crespi, Milan, ITALY (Dedicated Service)
Mrs. Giulia Maria Crespi has devoted her life to the defence of Italy’s cultural heritage especially through FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano - , which she co-founded in 1975. The jury pays tribute to her strong leadership, her immense generosity and her tireless volunteer dedication to FAI, as well as Italia Nostra and many other heritage and environmental organisations.

Friends of the Storfjord, Sunnmøre, NORWAY (Dedicated service)
The long term engagement of the Friends of the Storfjord, who have worked to preserve the rural landscape and the architecture of this difficult, mountainous terrain made a deep impression on the jury, who praised these volunteers for embracing this previously forgotten region and imbuing it with a refreshing vitality.

‘The Great War through the eyes of a child’, Roeselare, BELGIUM (Education, training and awareness-raising)
Primary school pupils explored, presented and shared their ideas of the First World War through animation. The jury stated that this project brings together the three criteria of this Award, in educating and training the children in a creative skill and raising their awareness of this pivotal point in European history.

‘Star in School’, Karlovac, CROATIA (Education, training and awareness-raising)
An impressive number of students and teachers were involved in this project, celebrating the cultural heritage of their city, a defence fortress in the shape of a six pointed star. The jury praised the way cultural heritage was – with great creativity – included in practical lessons on mathematics, biology, history or Croatian language.

‘Adopt a Monument’, Tampere, FINLAND (Education, training and awareness-raising)
This grassroots project encourages citizens to ‘adopt’ monuments of cultural and historical significance in their environment, to care for them and return them to use. The jury emphasized the importance of the inclusive nature of the programme, which also actively involves asylum seekers.

Preserving and promoting dance heritage, Berlin, GERMANY (Education, training and awareness-raising)
This project aims to document, archive and therefore preserve the history of dance for future generations.The jury praises the project for capturing the ephemeral nature of dance, its devotion to the preservation and promotion of 20th-century dance and for making it available for the wider public as well as specialists via a dedicated website - tanzfonds.de.

‘The Little Museum of Dublin’, Dublin, IRELAND (Education, training and awareness-raising)
This charming museum is dedicated to the history of Dublin as told by its people. Its approach to collecting is innovative, whereby people donate artefacts which they feel represent their city and community. The jury praised the creative approach to establishing a museum about the people’s history of a city.

Cultural Heritage Education Programme: “Apprendisti Ciceroni”, Milan, ITALY (Education, training and awareness-raising)
Students aged 14-19 years old are given the opportunity to study one or more heritage sites in their region and to present them as tour guides to the public. The jury notes that the project has managed to develop active citizenship, whereby the participants feel involved in the social, cultural and economic lives of their communities.

Sustainable development of Mourela Plateau, Peneda-Gerês National Park, PORTUGAL (Education, training and awareness-raising)
Human activities helped shape the natural environment of this protected region. However, due to the migration and aging of the population, this unique tangible and intangible heritage was severely threatened. The jury praises the project's awareness-raising campaigns and training activities which invigorate the local community.

‘Heritage Schools’, Bristol, UNITED KINGDOM
This project focuses on the importance of teaching children about cultural heritage at an early stage. Reaching 120,000 students in 250 schools across England to date, it also equips teachers with the necessary skills to address many heritage subjects in real world scenarios, an aspect of the project the jury particularly appreciated.