VOL I, 20 years of EU research into cultural heritage
The first volume of this publication highlights nearly 20 years of European Commission-supported research in the field of ‘tangible’ or physical cultural heritage. This cooperation has helped reinforce Europe’s research and technological foundations for protecting and renovating our movable and immovable cultural heritage through new scientific methodologies, tools, materials and processes. In particular Volume 1 provides the reader with an overview of the EU’s commitment to research in cultural heritage, the different forms of scientific and research cooperation and how they have developed... over the years. The impact of such cooperative efforts also includes their economic contribution to the Lisbon Strategy and affects a wide range of related EU policies embracing the environment, tourism, the construction sector, regional policy, culture, etc. From its beginning in 1986, EC research in cultural heritage has been supported or managed within the framework of the Commission’s environmental research policy. Since then, about 120 projects have been supported involving more than 500 stakeholder organisations from all European countries. The second volume provides readers with an overview of nearly 100 cooperative projects in cultural heritage since 2000 in eight different ‘clusters’. These include the outcome of completed projects, as well as partial results of ongoing projects under FP6. All projects are grouped according to their discipline or most related programme. They also include some projects that illustrate the close objectives and links between European research programmes and operational programmes in cultural heritage. Together, these two volumes offer a useful reference for all cultural heritage stakeholders: scientists, heritage managers, conservators and curators, architects, SMEs, and the ultimate beneficiaries of culture: Europe’s citizens. As the EU is now implementing the Seventh Framework Programme on Research, this publication should boost awareness of the key results that span the full gamut of cultural research disciplines. It offers a basis for future projects, policy orientations and decisions to further develop Europe’s world leadership in this field.