Pilots and Best Practices


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Scope of the REACH pilots

Culture is never static. Changes in communities go hand in hand with changes in Cultural Heritage (CH). As new communities are represented in Europe they bring new CH, while their CH is simultaneously changing to new circumstances. REACH pilots focus on some of these communities, to create participatory activities, discover and promote best practices, and establish conditions to encourage their commitment beyond the project’s end.

The objective of pilots is to advocate the socio-economic value of civic participation in preservation, (re-)use and management of CH, by exemplifying best practices in the development of resilient policies in community, preservation, education, data management and protection of intellectual rights. Furthermore, the pilots demonstrate successful cases based on CH (re-)use, innovation in cultural tourism, and examples of improved public services for CH management .

Thematic areas of the REACH pilots

Pilots cover the following thematic areas:

  • Minority Heritage, focusing on marginalised minorities and, in particular, in Roma communities.
  • Institutional Heritage, comparing participatory approaches in the case of large CH institutions with international audiences, and smaller institutions, targeting local users.
  • Rural Heritage, promoting participation in cultural and environmental protected areas as a way to solve conflicts between preservation, (re-)use, economical activities.
  • Small Towns Heritageanalysing the representations and (re-)valorisation of their heritage.

Each pilot aims to validate and improve different models of participation , particularly focusing on strengths and challenges.

REACH Best Practices

The REACH repository of good practices comprises over a hundred records of European and extra European participatory activities in the field of cultural heritage; located in over twenty different countries, the activities cover a wide variety of topics and themes, from urban, rural and institutional heritage to indigenous and minority heritage; from preservation, and management to use and re-use of cultural heritage.
This collection of good practices aims to offers professionals, practitioners, researchers and citizens useful information about activities which could be transferred, adapted, or replicated in new contexts.

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