2017 European Heritage Awards

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St. Martin’s Chapel in Stari Brod, near Sisak, CROATIA (Conservation)
St. Martin’s Chapel, with its vibrantly coloured Baroque panels and ceiling, was one of the few structures of its kind to survive in this region of Croatia. The advanced state of deterioration was halted thanks to what the jury calls ‘an excellent conservation’ which was especially commendable in the way in which local craftspeople, the owners, and the community were encouraged to participate in the rehabilitation process.  

Baroque Complex and Gardens in Kuks, Hradec Králové region, CZECH REPUBLIC (Conservation)
The Kuks hospital – consisting of a residence, a spa, a hospital, a church, a cemetery, a pharmacy as well as sprawling gardens - was in such an unfortunate state that most buildings were unsuitable for use. The jury states that the multi-disciplinary Kuks - Pomegranate project is an exemplary approach to an integrated building and landscape conservation which is of the highest quality.  

Bastion of the Grand Master's Palace in Rhodes, GREECE (Conservation)
It took ten years to restore and enhance the Bastion of the Grand Master’s Palace. In response to the threat of collapse, and with help from relevant European funding programmes, the project has now – according to the jury – effectively recovered much that had been lost of this prominent cultural heritage site, the focal point of the World Heritage City of Rhodes. 

Ancient city of Karthaia, Island of Kea, GREECE (Conservation)
The renovation and partial restoration of the ancient Greek city of Karthaia, located on a remote part of the island of Kea, is a perfect example of a site of archaeological significance and natural beauty existing in complete harmony. The jury emphasises that the creation of this archaeological park for a site from the 5th century BC is an outstanding lesson in recovering and highlighting the Classical landscape of Europe.  

White Pyramid in Rome, ITALY (Conservation)
The marble face of this iconic landmark from the first century B.C. was deformed and suffered from physical, chemical and biological decay and offered poor accessibility to visitors. The jury states that the project reflects the best aspects of our cooperative and globalised world: an Egyptian inspired monument in Rome attentively restored with the support of a Japanese patron, Mr. Yuzo Yagi.  

The King’s Road across Filefjell, NORWAY (Conservation)
The restoration of the historic King's Road, which winds through the breathtaking landscape of the mountainous Filefjell, was undertaken with the help of Sherpas from Nepal and experts from Germany. The jury highlights that this integrated project of cultural and landscape heritage conservation is of the highest quality and was undertaken with a real focus on best practice in building. 

The Clérigos’ Church and Tower in Porto, PORTUGAL (Conservation)
This Baroque ensemble of buildings found within the UNESCO World Heritage centre of Porto could no longer guarantee the safety of both visitors and staff. The conservation project encompassed the consolidation of the architectural heritage with the restoration of sculptures, paintings, ecclesiastical robes, books and documents. The jury admires how this difficult, multifaceted intervention has enhanced the entire complex.  

Cultural Palace in Blaj, Transylvania region, ROMANIA (Conservation)
The Cultural Palace – built in 1930 – was the only centre for cultural activities such as concerts, plays, film projections and exhibitions in the small city of Blaj. Following a fire in 1995, the building was seriously damaged and remained a ruin until 2012. The jury appreciates how the restoration successfully evoked the lost architecture of this ruined historic building with minimal interventions.   

Cap Enderrocat Fortress, Mallorca, SPAIN (Conservation)
This fortress suffered serious deterioration since the 1940s. A private initiative, which took 15 years to complete, has resulted in a beautiful hotel, completely respectful of the building’s architectural essence and its important environmental surroundings. ‘The impressive and imaginative reuse of a military building is a fine model for similar sites in Europe’, the jury said of this extremely complex renovation.  

Roof for the ruins of the Monastery of San Juan in Burgos, SPAIN (Conservation)
Thanks to a well designed roof – made possible with European funds - the surviving elements of this 11th century monastery are now well preserved and a new protected space to celebrate cultural activities has been created. The jury noted that the solution is non-invasive, totally reversible and completely discernible from the old fabric. 

Cromford Mills: Building 17, Derbyshire, UNITED KINGDOM (Conservation)
Building 17 of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Derwent Valley Mills, the world’s first successful factory, was in a very poor state due to a complete lack of maintenance and unsuitable interventions. The jury states that the project - initiated by a voluntary organisation, The Arkwright Society - represents a good adaptive reuse of industrial heritage and is a key component of an important ensemble of buildings.

Rode Altarpiece Research and Conservation Project, Tallinn, ESTONIA (Research)
This complex and large-scale project researched and conserved the medieval altarpiece of the high altar of St. Nicholas’ Church in Tallinn. The jury appreciates the web-based media portal and applauds how the project represents absolute best practice in painting and sculptural conservation and research and is a huge achievement in interdisciplinary and international collaboration. 

‘Museum Piranesi’, Milan, ITALY (Research)

The ‘Museum Piranesi’ project is an extraordinary adventure in 18th-century art history. Professor Pierluigi Panza has traced 269 pieces connected to Giovanni Battista Piranesi in 43 European countries, in both private collections and large museums. The jury highlights that the dedication of over 20 years by this tireless researcher completes our understanding of the oeuvre and influential role of Piranesi.

'Carnival King of Europe’, San Michele all’Adige, ITALY (Research)

The Carnival King of Europe project, a partnership of 9 European ethnographic museums, sheds new light on the similarities that are found in one hundred winter masquerades in 14 European countries. The jury applauds the project's great value in demonstrating that people from different regions in Europe have long-standing similarities in their values and traditions.

Bosch Research and Conservation Project, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, THE NETHERLANDS (Research)
Following seven years of dedicated research, a wealth of new information about the world-famous artist Hieronymous Bosch was discovered and shared in exhibitions, books and an innovative website. The jury states that this project not only represents innovations in research, conservation and technology but is also an excellent example of the link between research and the conservation of art. 

Mr. Ferdinand Meder, Zagreb, CROATIA (Dedicated Service)
Mr. Ferdinand Meder has dedicated his entire career, from 1970 until today, to the protection of Croatian cultural heritage. He has acted as the first response to numerous threats to Croatia’s heritage from earthquakes to military conflict. The jury highlights that Mr. Meder has gone beyond the call of duty and even in periods of conflict, has exercised his unflinching dedication to the defence of heritage.  

Mr. Jim Callery, County Roscommon, IRELAND (Dedicated Service)
Mr.Callery bought the country estate of Strokestown Park in 1979 in a state of complete and advancing decay. He has since spent millions of his own money, along with help from European Union funds, on its recovery. The jury noted that he has enabled an expert restoration of the house, opened it to the Irish public and ensured the preservation of this important memorial to the Irish Famine.   

The Norwegian Lighthouse Society, NORWAY (Dedicated Service)
The Norwegian Lighthouse Society is an umbrella organisation for 76 different local groups who protect historic lighthouses. It has – as the jury states – successfully preserved Norway’s lighthouses which contributed greatly to Europe’s common maritime cultural heritage. Impressively, they have made the conservation efforts viable in creating small, sustainable enterprises within the lighthouses, such as cafès or vacation rentals.    

Mr. Zoltán Kallós, Transylvania, ROMANIA (Dedicated Service)
Mr. Zoltán Kallós has devotedly compiled collections of music, dance, storytelling and crafts of the Hungarian, Romanian, Saxon and Roma communities of Transylvania for over 70 years. The jury highlights that Mr. Zoltán Kallós has dedicated his life to the preservation of the culture of diverse groups in the Carpathian basin and has done so even in times of profound adversity.

Erfgoedplus: Online heritage platform, Hasselt, BELGIUM (Education, training and awareness-raising)
This online platform for the crowd sourced collection and sharing of digital data about local cultural heritage in the Belgian provinces of Limburg and Vlaams-Brabant has considerably advanced the standards of heritage documentation in Belgium. The jury emphasises that the project provides an effective European training model as it integrates community involvement, education and digitisation.

Centre of Visual Arts and Research, Nicosia, CYPRUS (Education, training and awareness-raising)
For over 25 years, Costas and Rita Severis have created a rich collection of visual representations of Cyprus from the 18th to the 20th century. The Centre of Visual Arts and Research promotes Cypriot cultural heritage within a framework of peaceful coexistence and encourages a better understanding of Cyprus’ shared heritage. The project has had tangible results in bi-communal Nicosia and beyond. 

Educational programme for Czech cultural heritage, Telc, Vysocina region, CZECH REPUBLIC (Education, training and awareness-raising)
This quality system of heritage education and learning in the Czech Republic is the first national, systematic approach to connecting different centres of cultural activity with educational centres and has reached 31,000 participants from diverse backgrounds. The jury states that the overarching approach to enhancing cultural heritage by using educational projects is truly impressive.  

Cultural Heritage and Barrier-free Accessibility project, Berlin, GERMANY (Education, training and awareness-raising)
This creative project convincingly demonstrates that accessibility and the conservation of cultural heritage are not contradictory and can be achieved harmoniously. The jury states that the collaborative project on barrier-free access to heritage buildings and monument protection has developed effective guidelines for planners, showing that this is not just a theoretical endeavour in that is has produced applicable information.  

Paavo Nurmi Legacy project, Turku, FINLAND (Education, training and awareness-raising)
The long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi, known internationally as ‘The Flying Finn', won an astonishing 12 Olympic medals in the 1920s. With a relatively limited budget, the Paavo Nurmi Legacy project commemorates this victory and links his sporting history to the nation’s cultural heritage. The jury applauds the project's notable impact in the community, especially within schools and amongst young people.

Heritage Crafts Initiative for Georgia, Tbilisi, GEORGIA (Education, training and awareness-raising)
This ambitious programme safeguards Georgia’s unique traditional crafts and ensures the transmission of artisanal skills to the next generation of craftspeople by creating links between masters of the crafts and young apprentices. The jury notes this international training programme, supported by EU funds, has unprecedented scope for Georgia.

ilCartastorie: Storytelling in the archives, Naples, ITALY (Education, training and awareness-raising)
This innovative awareness-raising project promotes and protects –  through creative multimedia resources and imaginative tours – the 500 years of cultural heritage of the Historical Archives of the Banco di Napoli Foundation, one of the most important bank archives in the world. The jury highlights the engaging way in which they transform the static information into a dynamic source for the community.

Jewish Cultural Heritage: Educational programme, Warsaw, POLAND (Education, training and awareness-raising)
Since 2013, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN has organised thousands of activities for hundreds of thousands of participants, while their on-line resources have reached millions. The jury states that this ambitious project on Jewish culture - supported with EEA and Norway grants –  has established a safe place for intercultural dialogue, which serves as an important lesson for our contemporary world.

Advanced Master in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions, European programme coordinated in Guimarães, PORTUGAL (Education, training and awareness-raising)
This Erasmus+ master programme, jointly organised by partner universities from four countries, is the only international programme which specifically addresses the conservation of historical structures and the various threats these structures face. With hundreds of students from 62 different countries, the jury applauds its great international value and acknowledges its global outreach as a noteworthy model. 

SAMPHIRE: Maritime heritage project in western Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM (Education, training and awareness-raising)
Through their holistic approach towards the safeguarding of Scottish underwater heritage, SAMPHIRE - a collaboration of researchers from Scotland, Spain and Australia – has revealed and recorded over 100 new maritime archaeological sites. The jury appreciates the project’s commitment to engaging and learning from local communities and the way in which they have shown that working together can lead to great discoveries.