On the 25 of April 2019, the PERICLES consortium held their first International Knowledge Exchange Workshop in Den Helder Netherlands.
The rationale for the workshop was to share experiences of management of Coastal and Maritime Cultural Heritage (CMCH) in the case regions.
The main objective was to understand how cultural heritage management works in each case region: what works, what doesn’t work and why, to identify good approaches and existing challenges.
In total, 10 invited guest stakeholders participated in the workshop along with project partners and two members of the PERICLES Science-Impact Advisory Committee.
The workshop started with presentations of cultural heritage management, issues of concern and good practice using the examples of: the Venice Arsenale, Scotland, Aveiro, Brittany and Kihnu Island. The diversity of the presentations proposed by the participants made it possible to have a first national (Scotland) approach to the CMCH’s management methods in order to gradually focus on a regional (Portugal) and then local context (Locmariaquer- Brittany and Khinu-Estonia Island).
The rest of the workshop focussed on good practices and challenges of four main themes within cultural heritage management:
- i) managing intangible cultural heritage,
- ii) managing tangible cultural heritage,
- iii) risk awareness and adaptation and
- iv) community participation.
The themes were discussed through a quick brainstorming session which was followed by a more in-depth discussion of each.
Many key issues emerged during the discussions such as: the question of who is responsible for heritage management; the changing nature of heritage management; the challenges but also the interest shown in working with intangible heritage; the role of tourism; questions of scale and discrepancies between policies and the scales at which they are applied and the role of local communities: how to harness their interest and knowledge and how to ensure that local voices are included in heritage management. These are all complex issues which the project will continue to engage with alongside local communities and stakeholders as we continue to learn from each other’s’ experiences.