CHARTER Symposium

A strategy for the future of cultural heritage
Tuesday 3 Oct 2023, 13:00 - 17:00
Spoken Language

Rijksdienst van Cultureel Erfgoed (Cultural Heritage Agency), Smallepad 5, 3811 MG Amersfoort

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Charter European Cultural Hertiage Skills Alliance

The project CHARTER – European Cultural Heritage Skills Alliance, together with the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE), would like to invite you to the first CHARTER symposium in the Netherlands. Together we will discuss the future of cultural heritage, the role that education plays in it and its connection to the heritage sector.

CHARTER is a European research project, funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the EU, that aims to bridge the gap between education and the professional field. The project will lead to proposals for training courses and curricula with new skills for heritage professionals. CHARTER wants to contribute to the sustainable protection and strengthening of European cultural heritage. The project aims to find answers to questions such as: How do we train young professionals for raise awareness to the importance of cultural heritage as solution to sustainability issues? And how can we ensure that there are sufficient specialists such as gardeners and heritage carpenters?

Reflect on the Dutch heritage sector

The research project has now been running for three years, during which relevant insights and results have been obtained thanks to the active participation of partners and stakeholders throughout Europe. This participatory approach also characterizes this symposium: in addition to an introduction to the CHARTER project and the presentation of the first results. Together with you, Erasmus University (the Dutch CHARTER partner) would like to reflect on the Dutch heritage sector and the connection to heritage education. Under the guidance of experts, the gaps and needs in the professional field of the heritage sector are examined during an active workshop.

Inspiration for CHARTER's European strategy

CHARTER conducts research in all participating countries in Europe, including the Netherlands. The workshop during the symposium is therefore a small-scale laboratory that provides inspiration for the formulation of CHARTER's European strategy for the heritage sector. Next to that, insights are obtained regarding the measures and changes in education and policy that are needed to boost the sector. The results of the workshop form part of the program of the general CHARTER meeting that will take place in June 2024 in Rotterdam.


13:00 - 13:15Walk-in
13:15 - 13:30Welcome (RCE-EUR)
13:30 - 14:00

CHARTER - A strategy for the future ofcultural heritage education

Lluis Bonet
What exactly does the CHARTER researchproject entail and what can the project mean for theDutch heritage sector, education, and professionals?
Please note: this lecture is in English. The rest of thesymposium will be in Dutch.

14:00 - 14:15

Explanation workshop: Connectingoccupational field and education

EUR en FARO Flanders
During the workshop, theparticipants discuss current and future jobopportunities based on their own expertise. Whatprofessions are involved, what are the tasks? And whatrole does education

14:15 - 14:30Break
- 16:00

Start workshop

In groups based on the provided expertise

16:00 - 16:30Reflection and results of the workshop
16:30 - 17:00Drinks and snacks

Further information

Workshop aim
Stimulate the reflection on the cultural heritage sectorwith CHARTER.

Informing and inspiring Dutch heritage professionals tomake them actively involved in the CHARTER project.

Themes of expertise
1. Governance and Policymaking
2. Leadership and management
3. Preservation and Safeguarding
4. Recognition
5. Research and Education
6. Engagement and Use

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