The major planned achievements of the PERICLES project include the following:
• Better understanding and cultural heritage in order to better preserve and utilise it
• An on-line cultural heritage mapping portal
• International stakeholder workshops
• An EU-wide event engaging a trans-national audience of scholars, policymakers and other participants, to widen the impact potential of PERICLES
PERICLES will enable geographically balanced, interdisciplinary, mixed-method data gathering across key European maritime and coastal regions in six regional seas (Atlantic Ocean and Aegean, Baltic, Irish, Mediterranean, and Wadden Seas), that will provide in-depth, situated knowledge on the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of European coastal and maritime regions. We will engage with a diverse array of coastal landscapes and seascapes, including urban, peri-urban and remote rural, mainland and island. This understanding will extend to tangible cultural heritage such as lighthouses; castles and defence works; religious monuments; boats, docks, ports and boat yards (both (post)industrial and small-scale fishing); underwater heritage such as wrecks, artefacts and submerged landscapes; iconic coastal towns and villages and modern cultural heritage such as modern iconic buildings and works of art. It will extend to intangible cultural heritage in terms of language and literature, practices, traditions and identities, capacities and skills.
This understanding will be both effectively enabled and communicated through the publicly accessible online, multi-media portal that will incorporate data that is researcher gathered, data layers sourced from agencies and stakeholders, and crowd sourced (citizen science) data.
Co-creation and co-designing are key notions, allowing a multitude of stakeholders to work together. Recognising the value and richness of local and regional stakeholders and citizen voices, the project will use an engaged, participative approach to both data-gathering and the co-production of a sustainability framework that places local lives and livelihoods centrally in the cultural heritage of land- and seascapes.