Small Towns Heritage

Small Towns Heritage

Czech Republic and central Italy

Task Leader: CUNI (CZ)

This pilot analyses the representations and (re-)valorisation of the small towns Cultural Heritage.

The pilot focuses in particular on Czech Republic and central Italy.

Small towns are a distinctive feature of the European settlement and are often per se part of CH: for their architecture, monuments, churches and any other form of CH in public places, as well as for intangible heritage linked to the territory. Despite this, they remain in the shadow of the big cities and metropolis.

Cultural policies based to big cities, shortage of resources, limited capacities and knowledge in small towns and peripheral regions are some of reasons for which this potential is still undervalued, not fully exploited, and often in danger due to lack of investment in conservation, natural disasters in less populated areas, impact of large infrastructural works (dams, tunnels, bridges, etc.).

The objectives of the pilot are:

  • to categorize the variety of representational strategies of multi-level value of small towns’ heritage, including intangible heritage and traditional economic practices,
  • to create links among heritage experts and other relevant stakeholders on national and transnational level with actors in local communities, regional bodies and cross border projects,
  • to highlight the overlooked and identify good and bad practices, and bottlenecks.

Specific activities

The pilot plans to:

  • map critically representational strategies of heritage, in departmental cities and in smaller towns
  • trace and list the use of city history presentation in museums, pageants, and festivals in small towns
  • register and compare and contrast small towns situation in heritage marketing and tourism
  • investigate the economic and cultural effects of traumatic natural disasters on small towns heritage (earthquake in central Italy)
  • interconnect into a common dialogue local and regional Actors
  • create an interactive map of small town activities, activists and best practices.


NEXT 15-16 November 2018, Prague. Workshop “Resilience of Heritage in Resilient Cities”

The Institute of Sociological Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, KREAS VP2WP3 “Adaptation in Historical Perspective” research team and REACH project will organize a 2 days workshop on "Resilience of Heritage in Resilient Cities”. Read more.
Further information: Call for Papers.

24-25 May 2018, Prague. Workshop “Diversity and Local Contexts: Adaptation and Heritage”
The Faculty of Social Sciences (Institute of Sociological Studies) and the Faculty of Arts (Institute of World History) of Charles University in cooperation with the Czech division of the UNESCO–MOST Program, organized a 2 days workshop on”Diversity and Local Contexts: Adaptation and Heritage”. Read more.
Further information: Poster , Programme.

  • 15 February 2018, Prague. Small towns in promotion of its cultural heritage: possibilities and experiences.
    Charles University leader of the HORIZON 2020 REACH Project pilot on small towns heritage, promotes the first workshop with associated partners of Czech Republic. Read the outcomes of first workshop on small towns heritage pilot here. Further information:
    Poster of the workshop, programme of the workshop, presentation , report of workshop on Urban History Newsletter.