Industrial Heritage (2015)

Canals, mines, breweries, potteries, forges, railways, cotton mills tell us as much about our heritage as celebrated archelogical sites, cathedrals and castles. This year Europe has come together to examine our shared past through the unique lens of our Industrial Heritage, with more than 30 countries joining this common theme. Throughout Europe we can see the remains of our industrial past: bridges, canals and railways, still in use today, making invaluable contributions to our economy. However, in most countries there are signs of long-gone industry – a derelict mill, a rusting machine, a brick chimney - all marking the sites of a once-thriving workplace and community. Our industrial past tells the story of change, development and creativity. It tells the stories of how and where we worked, the kinds of jobs we did and how we lived.

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European Year of Cultural Heritage (2018)

From archaeological sites to architecture, from medieval castles to folklore traditions and arts, Europe's cultural heritage is at the very heart of the collective memory and identity of European citizens. European rich national, regional and local diversity is a unique catalyst for exchanges between people of all ages, social backgrounds and cultures. The European Year of Cultural Heritage will be a truly European initiative with a series of events taking place at all levels: European, national, regional and local.

It will be an opportunity to involve citizens from all backgrounds, in particular children and young people, in events and projects emphasising Europe's heritage and values, helping to strengthen a sense of belonging to a European family. The objective is to allow increased access to heritage for all and encourage people to get involved in managing and caring for it. The Year will also provide the opportunity to debate, reflect on and make a 'quality leap' in preserving and restoring heritage. The involvement of Member States and cultural heritage stakeholders will be key to the success of the Year. In addition, the Year will highlight the strong economic role that cultural heritage plays. More than 300,000 people are directly employed in the European cultural heritage sector and 7.8 million European jobs are indirectly linked to cultural heritage, for example in tourism and building work, as well as ancillary services such as transport, interpretation services and maintenance and security of cultural sites.

The 50 European countries taking part in the European Heritage Days have decided to take active part or give credit to the European Year of Cultural Heritage through the common vision of "The Art of Sharing". For full list of countries being involved directly in the EYCH please visit

January 1st, 2018

Heritage and Nature (2017)
In this year’s edition of the #EHDs we are celebrating the intrinsic relationship between people and nature under the common theme: “Heritage and Nature: A Landscape of Possibilities”. Emphasis is given to heritage values embodied in nature and to the extent to which the environment shapes people's lives and lifestyles and its contribution to their well-being and socio-economic prosperity. The events taking place in urban nature sites, historic gardens, national reserves, home yards, national parks, heritage biotopes, protected areas, every day and outstanding landscape will help people to connect to nature and explore its diversity and cultural values.

January 1st, 2017

Heritage and Communities (2016)
As custodians of local traditions, histories and values, Heritage Communities are the main pillar of local heritage conservation and revitalisation in the world of everyday living. Under the pan-European theme “Heritage and Communities,” the EHD events will bring together 50 European countries in shared celebration of citizens’ role in promoting and sharing common European heritage. Throughout Europe, more than 30 000 national and local events, many of them free, will celebrate Europe’s true treasure – its communities and the people behind places.

January 1st, 2016

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European Route of Industrial Heritage