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Rubens' Garden Screen and Garden Pavilion, Antwerp, BELGIUM (Conservation)


These 400-year-old garden structures were designed and constructed by the great painter-humanist Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) at his home in Antwerp. This two-year project, completed in 2019, has consolidated these important pieces of heritage for future generations by researching and applying the most up-to-date stone conservation measures.

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Hvar's Arsenal, CROATIA (Conservation)


The Arsenal building, centrally located in the town of Hvar, the most important harbour of the island, has been carefully restored and successfully transformed into a vibrant cultural centre for visitors and the local community alike.

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Epitaphs of the University Church of Leipzig, GERMANY (Conservation)


A unique ensemble of funerary epitaphs was hastily evacuated from the medieval University Church of Leipzig before it was demolished in 1968. This high-quality collection has recently been restored and is now presented in a new building, erected on the site of the original church.

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, HUNGARY (Conservation)


By the middle of the 20th century, the museum had undergone a number of inappropriate alterations to its layout, a direct result of changing attitudes and trends in heritage and architectural appreciation. After a three-decade-long process to correct the damage caused by these inappropriate changes, the museum has now been reopened since 2018.

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Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, L’Aquila, ITALY (Conservation)


The return of the Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio to the community of L’Aquila in December 2017 marked a watershed moment in the long process of recovery following a tragic earthquake that hit the region on 6 April 2009. Since the disaster, the Basilica has become an important place for the entire community to gather and has acted as a site of commemoration and celebration.

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LocHal, Tilburg, THE NETHERLANDS (Conservation)


Until 2009, the LocHal, located close to the centre of Tilburg, was the main workshop of the Dutch Railways. A number of factors, including a growing appreciation for industrial heritage, led to the LocHal being preserved and transformed into the cultural centre of a new, vibrant urban area.

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Subterranean Caves and Wineries of El Cotarro, province of Burgos, SPAIN (Conservation)


El Cotarro is a group of more than 157 underground wineries and 7 cave wineries in the small town of Moradillo de Roa in the province of Burgos, Castile-León. The conservation and rehabilitation of this important heritage has now been assured, thanks to a comprehensive programme for its care undertaken entirely by the inhabitants and municipality.

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Manor Farm of Bois de Chênes, SWITZERLAND (Conservation)


Bois de Chênes is a protected natural landscape and heritage site in Genolier which is home to a manor dating from the 17th century and comprises a farm and its annexes. The restoration project paid great respect to the construction and its natural environment.

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The Iron Bridge, Shropshire, UNITED KINGDOM (Conservation)


Though well cared for since its completion in 1779, the Iron Bridge, the first in the world to be constructed of iron and a symbol of the Industrial Revolution, has faced many challenges. Necessary interventions to preserve its original fabric to the greatest extent possible, returning the structure to its former glory and strength for the enjoyment of future generations.

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Tramontana Network III, FRANCE/ITALY/POLAND/PORTUGAL/SPAIN (Research)


Tramontana Network III is an in-depth study of the intangible heritage of rural and mountain communities in Europe which aims to safeguard and revitalise this heritage through its documentation and wider dissemination.

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Turin Papyrus Online Platform (TPOP), ITALY (Research)


Since 2017, the Museo Egizio has been working to digitise their collection of papyri. In September 2019, the Turin Papyrus Online Platform (TPOP) was launched online, employing digital information technologies to make the collection virtually accessible across borders and disciplinary boundaries.

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Scanning for Syria, THE NETHERLANDS (Research)


Since 2011, civil war has disastrously affected Syrian people and their rich cultural heritage. The pilot project Scanning for Syria was initiated to support rescue and preservation efforts of their archaeological heritage.

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Mr. Don Duco, THE NETHERLANDS (Dedicated Service)


Don Duco has dedicated his life to preserving the memory of world-wide cultural heritage activities connected to the use of tobacco and, in particular, the use of pipes. He has collected, researched and displayed tobacco pipes and other smoking implements from all over the world and from many different historical periods.

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Société de Lecture, Geneva, SWITZERLAND (Dedicated Service)


The Société de Lecture (The Reading Society) in Geneva’s historical centre offers its members a unique and diverse library and a wide variety of activities for all ages, including lectures, conferences, workshops and storytelling. The Société de Lecture’s mansion, a fine example of 18th-century Genevan architecture, is maintained by the Fondation Société de Lecture. It continuously oversees the conservation and, when necessary, the meticulous restoration of this historic building

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Cross-border Collaboration for European Classical Music, CZECH REPUBLIC (Education, Training and Awareness-Raising)


Classical music is an important part of Europe’s intangible cultural heritage. The technology developed by the CESNET Association allows musicians to play together over long distances with just a few milliseconds delay and brings new possibilities to classical music promotion, collaboration, education and interpretation.

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Arolsen Archives Online, GERMANY


The Arolsen Archives are an international centre for the study of Nazi persecution which houses the world's most comprehensive archive on the victims and survivors of Nazism. Its collections are listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register and they are a unique body of evidence on the fate of over 17.5 million people.

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The Secret Life of a Palace, Gödöllo, HUNGARY (Education, Training and Awareness-Raising)


This project raised awareness of the lesser known history of the Royal Palace in the town of Gödöllo. This ambitious educational and awareness-raising project closely involved a group of young students aged 12 to 18-years-old. They contributed to the development of a concept, to the researching of the history of the Palace and to the design, building and marketing of an exhibition.

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Uccu Roma Informal Educational Foundation, HUNGARY (Education, Training and Awareness-Raising)


Roma is the largest minority group in Hungary and in Europe. Despite a centuries-old shared heritage, discrimination, scapegoating and intolerance continue to seriously affect Roma people. To tackle this widespread issue, the Roma Informal Educational Foundation undertakes several educational workshops in Hungary, focusing on four cities, namely Budapest, Pécs, Miskolc and Ózd.

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Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away., POLAND/SPAIN (Education, Training and Awareness Raising)


The attempt by the government of Nazi Germany to destroy Europe’s ethnic and religious diversity resulted in the murder or forced displacement of millions of people who were targeted because of their ethnicity, religion, political beliefs, or sexual orientation. Thanks to this exhibition, it is expected that more than 7 million visitors will learn about the complicated history of the largest German Nazi concentration and extermination camp – Auschwitz-Birkenau – as well as how and why the Holocaust happened.

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The Ambulance for Monuments, ROMANIA (Education, Training and Awareness Raising)


The Ambulance for Monuments project was launched in 2016 to rescue hundreds of heritage-listed buildings in Romania through a large network of active heritage organisations. These emergency interventions are carried out by experts, students and trained craftsmen on a voluntary basis with the support of local communities and authorities.

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SARAT - Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey, TURKEY (Education, Training and Awareness Raising)


Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey (SARAT) is an educational and awareness-raising project that has had a considerable impact on the protection and appreciation of Turkey’s rich, diverse, and at times threatened, archaeological heritage. SARAT carried out four interconnected programmes to strengthen the skills and increase knowledge and awareness of heritage amongst heritage professionals, heritage-related people and the general public.

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