European Year of the Cultural Heritage 2018

At D-50 of the Museomix 2017 edition, here are some ideas for 2018, to be shared between museomixeurs, communities and museums, right now.

Museomix, supported by the European Commission for 3 years, has been identified as one of the potential actors of this event by the Ministry of Culture and Communication in France. It seems that the realization of MUSEOMIX events by local communities in 2018 in the museums (or heritage places) in the European territory, brings the conditions for inscription in the European Year of the Cultural Heritage 2018, in particular around the following ideas:

  • New technologies to better preserve and enhance heritage
  • Heritage skills and know-how: encouraging education and training in traditional occupations and new occupations
  • Heritage for all: encouraging citizen participation and social innovation
  • New uses for heritage: enhancing the museum’s collections as resources of contemporary creation
  • enabling young people to commit to the conservation of heritage (partnership with schools of developers, designers were developed by Museomix)
  • Science at the service of heritage. The functioning of Museomix as an open experimental laboratory is akin to the functioning of participatory sciences (sometimes called “civic sciences” or “collaborative sciences”) are "forms of production of scientific knowledge to which non- professionals - whether individuals or groups - participate actively and deliberately.

Some information on the European Year of Cultural Heritage (

Article 1 of the Decision states that the aim of the European Year is to promote the sharing and understanding of Europe’s cultural heritage as a shared resource, to raise awareness of shared history and values ​​and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space.

The European Commission encourages Member States to label numerous projects (local, regional, national) and to mobilize all actors: institutions, professionals, civil society, local authorities and citizens in order to ensure the success of this thematic year .
It thus foresees to develop different actions:

  • a visual identity to communicate at EU level,
  • a labeling of projects led by the national coordinators,
  • 10 European initiatives to launch a debate on different themes in 2018 and a political work in the field of heritage at European level for the next 3-4 years.

Cultural Heritage :
• has an undisputed social and educational value
• has considerable and underestimated economic potential
• is a non-confrontational theme of international cooperation
Heritage is not only a legacy of the past, but a resource for our future.

Why a European Heritage Year?
• to encourage exchanges and knowledge of European heritage, a shared resource
• to raise citizens’ awareness of our common history and shared values
• to reinforce the sense of belonging to a common space

The European Year will:
• promote heritage as a central element of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue
• valorize best practices to ensure the preservation and preservation of the heritage and develop its knowledge among a wider and diversified public
• publicize the share of heritage in the economy
• promoting heritage as an important element of relations between the EU and third countries

What heritage?
By cultural heritage, we mean the resources inherited from the past in all their forms: tangible, intangible and digital heritage (from the origin or digitized):
• monuments, cultural and natural sites, landscapes,
• know-how, crafts, knowledge and expression of human creativity,
• cinematographic heritage,
• collections kept and managed by public and private institutions such as museums, libraries, archives.

2- Implementation modalities for the year
Or ? Projects and events throughout Europe and in third countries.
For who ? For a wide and diverse audience: heritage professionals; heritage advocates; young audiences; the general public.
By who ? By all stakeholders: Member States, local and regional authorities, civil society, professionals and European citizens. The European Year belongs to all!
How? At national level, the year will be coordinated in the Member States by national coordinators

f you need more information, let’s speak about it.


The European Commission has launched a call for proposals to finance transnational cooperation projects related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage - 2018. These projects will start between January and September 2018 and will last a maximum of 24 months. This call proposes to work on the place of heritage in strengthening the feeling of belonging to a common European space, on promoting cultural heritage as a source of inspiration for contemporary artistic creation and innovation, and on improving the interaction between the cultural heritage sector and other cultural and creative sectors.

The deadline for submission is 22 November 2017

Is there some Museomix community interested by this opportunity ?

I think it would be possible for us to work with our belgian friends, but the deadline is very close et we are all focused on our museomix edition now !

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Hi Antoine,
which community are you part of?
Thank you,

@juliettegiraudpro what did you understand about being allowed to label Museomix activities as EYCH 2018?
What’s our next step?