Open Heritage

Open Heritage

Inclusive models for re-use of heritage sites

OpenHeritage promotes the re-use of neglected, non-touristic heritage sites by building heritage communities around them. The project creates sustainable financing, business and governance models to support maintenance of the sites. These models involve new ways of community involvement, emphasize resource integration and embed the re-use in a broader territorial scale.

To achieve this, the project follows three steps.

  • First, it surveys current policies of heritage management.
  • Second, it analyses good practices on a local level, encompassing 16 cases from around Europe.  
  • And finally, it tests new ideas and methods in six experimental sites where it works in close cooperation with various stakeholders. For each site, an online platform is created to facilitate dialogue between policy makers, residents, local entrepreneurs and the interested public. This framework will allow them to maintain the site and to think about its future. The project's aim is to make these ties resilient and enduring beyond the scope of Open Heritage.

Open Heritage is a 4-year research and innovative action, starting in June 2018 and funded by the European Union’s H2020 programme.


Participating organisations: Metropolitan Research InstituteEutropianUniversiteit GentNewcastle UniversityHumboldt Universität zu BerlinOddział Warszawski Stowarzyszenia ArchitektówICLEIEuroditeStiftung triasUniversita degli Studi Roma TreCenter for Urban History of East Central EuropeLUISS Libera Universita Internazionale Degli Studi Sociali Guido CarliPlatoniq Sistema CulturalCentral European UniversityCamara Municipal de LisboaTyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust