cultural heritage

Isabelle Brianso

Isabelle Brianso (PhD) is a researcher and lecturer in information and communication sciences at Versailles University (UVSQ), France. She is a member of the Centre d’Histoire Culturelle des Sociétés Contemporaines (CHCSC) department. Her research interests deal with cultural mediation, semiology, world heritage (cultural and natural), UNESCO, museology, and culture and communication.

Dr. Isabelle Brianso is Marie Curie Fellow (IEF, FP7) at Institut des Etudes Européennes, the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2013-2015).

Dr. Brianso was also a nominee for the Cultural Policy Research Award 2010 with the paper The Complexity of Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue Applied to Developing Countries’ World Heritage sites.

Isabelle gained her PhD thesis in Sciences of Information and Communication at Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France in 2010 . Her PhD thesis dealt with the International Valorization Policies Regarding Cultural Heritage Inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, with Angkor (Cambogia) as case study.

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Swedish National Heritage Board

Swedish National Heritage Board is the governmental agency responsible for heritage and historic environment under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture. Their mission is to play a proactive, coordinating role in heritage promotion and to ensure effective preservation of the historic environment.

As a central administrative agency in the area of heritage and the historic environment, the Board is encouraging:

  1. reservation and protection of the historic environment;
  2. respect for the heritages of different groups;
  3. appreciation of, commitment to, and the assumption of responsibility for one’s own heritage.

By working closely with national agencies and organizations, as well as county administrative boards, regional museums and other local groups, the Board gathers and disseminates information about heritage and the historic environment, develops new working methods, and identifies innovative ways of exploring the relationship between human beings, their surroundings and society at large.

Additionally along with protecting, documenting and preserving the historic environment,  the Board has overall responsibility for promoting the objectives of Sweden’s heritage policy hence elevating the status of heritage as a force in the evolution of a democratic, sustainable society.

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Nordic Centre for Heritage Learning – NCK

The Nordic Centre for Heritage Learning (NCK) is a Nordic collaborative initiative for creative research and experimental method development within the field of cultural heritage learning. Its aim is to  use applied cultural heritage learning as a tool to achieve overall social development through, for example, advanced tourism or creative social learning initiatives. The research and development projects ran by the NCK enable and promote lifelong learning, regional development, sustainable growth, policy development and its impact at the Nordic, European and international level. NCK also acts as an information centre where research, knowledge and ideas are systematically gathered and disseminated. NCK’s objectives are to:

  • gather in and convey experiences and research results
  • encourage skills development and education
  • initiate, carry out and act as an arena for research and development projects
  • constitute a natural meeting place for those who are active within the field

NCK was founded in 2005 by the three cultural heritage institutions that shared a long-standing involvement in cultural heritage learning issues with support from leading universities and cultural heritage institutions throughout the Nordic region. The organization is based in Östersund, Sweden and run jointly by JamtliThe Popular Movement Archives in Jämtland County and The Regional State Archives in Östersund and is a member of a number of organisations and networks focusing on cultural and educational issues.

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Henrik Zipsane

Henrik Zipsane is a Director of the Jamtli, County Museum of Jämtland in Sweden. His professional interests cover the role of cultural heritage in sustainable regional development, cultural heritage learning and social cohesion. In that regard, Mr. Zipsane co-founded and co-directed the Nordic Centre for Heritage Learning in Östersund, Sweden. He was also a co-founder and the Chairman of the European network LLOAM (Lifelong Learning in Open Air Museums). Additionaly, he held several chairman and executive positions in both Denmark and Sweden.

Mr. Zipsane’s research and consultancy work covers:

  • Consulting the possibilities of gaining better financial results in the long run for three small local museums in Östersunds Municipality
  • Initiating a successful pedagogical programme for upper secon­dary compul­sory school with the role play method with the aim of producing attitudes against xenophobia
  • Initiating a successful programme for early school leavers with a method of creating positive learning experiences in order to stimulate a return to formal basic education
  • Initiating a case study of describing and analysing the activities of volun­taries in the museum and genealogists in the archive as adult learning activities
Mr. Zipsane holds MA in History from Copenhagen University and a Ph.D. from the Danish University of Education.
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National Board of Antiquities

The National Board of Antiquities is specialized organization, service provider, developer and authority responsible for material cultural heritage and cultural environment in Finland. It operates under the Ministry of Education and Culture. Main activities include collecting, presenting and managing archaeological and architectural heritage, antiquities, historical national collection, cultural-historically valuable environments and other cultural property in collaboration with other authorities and museums. The Board is also a cultural and research institution, which supports the work of Finnish museums studying the material cultural heritage.

The authoritative operations are performed through statements, negotiations, reviews and inspections that are regulated by the acts and regulations. The National Board of Antiquities’ international activities include public authority practices, cooperation between different research sectors and project work. The organization is constitued of following departments: National Museum of Finland, Cultural Environment Protection, Cultural Environment Mnagement, Archives and Information Service and Support Service.

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The National Office of Cultural Heritage

The National Office of Cultural Heritage is a governmental organisation under the supervision of the Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture. It was founded in 2001 as the former National Office for the Protection of Historic Monuments and Directorate of Cultural Heritage in charge of archaeology and movable items. The Office provides a legal, regulatory and structural framework for historic monuments, archaeological sites and movable cultural heritage in accordance with the recent European trends. It is the administrative authority responsible for nearly 12.000 listed historic sites, buildings, conservation areas and historic gardens as well as for more than 100 thousand archaeological sites and 35.000 movable cultural heritage items and 240 collections in private ownership.

The objective is to preserve and hand over to the next generations the values of cultural, architectural, archaeological and movable heritage while taking into account the need for the enhancement of the quality of life and the demands of an up-to date standards of living conditions. The National Office is also a research centre and an advisory body for the owners and the managers of the heritage property as well as a mediator among different public and private stakeholders playing a role in heritage conservation and enhancement with an aim to strengthen public awareness of heritage values. It is consisted out of following Professional units: Authority & Legal Direction, Strategy Department, Department for Coordination & Inspection, Public Relations Department, Directorate for Listing, National Film Office, Research and Documentation Centre for Historic Monuments, Hungarian Museum of Architecture, Secretariat of International Scientific Relations, Secretariat of Hungarian National Commission of World Heritage and National Memorial Committee Secretariat.

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Danish Agency for Culture

The Danish Agency for Culture is an agency under the aegis of the Danish Ministry of Culture. It was established on January 1, 2012 by merging three former agencies: The Danish Arts Agency, the Heritage Agency of Denmark and the Danish Agency for Libraries and Media. The integration aims to improve professional synergies, create a greater impact in other policy areas and make it easier for Danish Ministry of Culture to handle future economic challenges. The objectives are:

  • To bolster the interplay among art, cultural heritage, libraries and media,
  • To improve the coordination of national and municipal efforts in cultural fields,
  • To promote the development and exploitation of an increasingly digitalized culture and media landscape,
  • To develop new proposals and forms of communication for citizens,
  • To strengthen international cultural collaboration within all professional fields,
  • To increase cooperation among, inter alia, education, teaching, research, the environment and nature, and business development, including architecture and tourism.

The Danish Agency for Culture consists of four centers; Libraries, Media and Digitalization, Cultural Heritage and Architecture, Cultural Institutions and Operational Support and Arts Funding. It is also an administrative arm of the Danish Arts Council, the Danish Arts Foundation and the Danish International Cultural Panel that dispenses funding for these bodies.  The international collaboration is supported within the areas of:

  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Film, Architecture, Crafts and Design
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Jan Dolák

Dr. Jan Dolak is a museologist employed at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He teaches collection management, management and marketing of museums and history of Czech museums. Dr.Dolak is also a Chairholder of UNESCO Chair of Museology and World Heritage. His interests lie in the fields of museums, cultural cooperation, museum policy, heritage, libraries and archives, cultural transitions and theory of culture.

Previously he was a manager of a number of Czech museums, a member of Executive board of Czech Association of Museums and Galleries, and for two years the President of the Association. He is also a member of the International Council of Museums and is involved in the ICTOP committee and until 2013 has been a member of the Board of ICOFOM. Dr. Dolak organized international conferences and is a member of the advisory board to the journal Museologia Brunnensis.

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ASK – Centre for Research on Management and Economics of Arts and Culture Institutions

ASK Centre (Art, Science and Knowledge) has been founded at Bocconi University, Italy, with the aim of carrying out both theoretical and empirical researches and promoting cultural planning and cultural institutions management activities. The Research Centre is focused on activities and sectors significantly characterized by the relationship between Arts and Economics, and in particular:

  • Economics, management, conservation and valorization of cultural goods and heritage, artistic and cultural traditions and productions.
  • Economics, management and social promotion of cultural industries, such as publishing, media, and the film industry.
  • Economics, management and valorization of leisure/entertainment and tourism activities.
  • Urban and territorial valorization (Art cities).
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Agência INOVA

Agencia INOVA is a non-profit institution, based in Portugal, supporting arts, culture and creative industries. Its focus is placed on creative economy, NGO sector, cultual management and cultural policies, as well as, the territorial development. It aims include promotion and dissemination of  different forms of cultural expression nationally and internationally; organisation of different training activities aimed at cultural and arts sector; as well as preparation, organisation and implementation of cultural and artistic projects. INOVA is composed of the following strategic units: consulting unit; training unit; information unit; special projects unit.   INOVA is the institution responsible for the implementation of entrepreneurship policies in the artistic and cultural sector in Portugal.

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