Project facts

Duration: 2015-05-01 - 2018-04-30
Project coordinator: University of Copenhagen
Project consortium: Alexandru Ioan Cuza University (Romania); Osrodek Badan Europy Srodkowo-Wschodniej (Poland); Università degli Studi di Bologna (Italy); Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum (Denmark); Fudan University, Shanghai (China); Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino per il Medio Oriente e l’Asia (Italy); IULM university, Archeoframe Lab (Italy); Politecnico di Milano (Italy).
Funding bodies: JPI CH; European Commission
Subject areas: Heritage Management, Heritage values - Identity, History, Intangible Heritage, Mediation - Education, Methods - Procedures, Monuments - Sites, Objects, Tangible Heritage, Technologies - Scientific processes, Threats
Budget: 64.062.00€


The project has addressed the situation of threats to objects, sites and practices deemed « heritage » by stakeholders through :

  • Systematic analysis of threats to and through heritage in different geo-cultural locations.
  • The production of a sophisticated cross-cultural typology of threat in the form of practical manuals for use, among others, by governmental organs, global organizations, NGOs and peace-keeping forces.
  • Small and thought-provoking exhibition(s) to popularise academic findings.

The project has been collaborative, transnational and interdisciplinary. It has brought together scholarly results and insights gained from research in four different localities and situations: the Near East between crisis and development; Poland and memory in times of change; Romania and « knowledge » registers that have saved/created or destroyed/erased objects, sites and practices; Italy and constructions that have inevitably endangered traces of a valuable past.

Impacts & Results

  • The project has created manuals of threats.
  • It has organized exhibitions that themselves have raised awareness amongst the general public in Europe about the issues at stake in situations that threaten their and other’s cultural heritage. Those exhibitions have provided reliable knowledge of heritage issues deriving from scholarly analysis and without ideological bias.
  • The project has developed strong partnerships between academic and non-academic communities; between museums and universities within a European setting.
  • It has enhanced access to the newly formed COBBRA group of European museums.
  • It has developed online and GIS research tools for landscape and heritage management.
  • It has developed a wide and content-rich communication strategy.
  • It has allowed cross-cultural exchanges and opportunities to talk with colleagues from other cultural backgrounds.
  • The project has produced and transferred useful and reliable practical knowledge for non-academic circles.
  • It has produced a review process for academic findings including non-academic partners.
  • It has allowed a long-term vision of awareness-raising for cross-cultural heritage issues through training courses for museum professionals, the general public and university students.
  • It has promoted the pooling of European and non-European expertise in cultural heritage and the threats intrinsic to it.
  • The findings of the project have contributed to scholarly insights and discussions in the field of heritage studies.
  • The concrete results of the project aimed at closing the gap between heritage research and heritage policy, decision-making and knowledge.


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