HerMan ProjectPress releaseCultural Heritage must be managed,not conservedMoving from conservation to management is indeed themain purpose of the new EU project called HerMan.HerMan? What does it mean? It is the acronym for“Management of Cultural Heritage in the Central EuropeArea”. This project takes place then in the centre of Europe,involving nine cities, regions and knowledge institutionsfrom four different countries. It is part of the Central EuropeProgramme (www.central2013.eu), which partly funds itwith the European Regional Development Fund. The totalbudget reaches circa 2 million euros. The project partnersare working together during two years and a half, from July2012 until December 2014.The Central Europe reveals a rich and diverse culturalheritage. For a better enhancement, HerMan intends toimprove its management towards a sustainable way. Thispractice will contribute to intensify the attractiveness andthe competitiveness of these cities, regions and institutions.That will allow also to better exploit the economic potentialof the cultural heritage.Nine partners from four Central European countriesWho are the actors of HerMan? To complete successfully theProject, the Lead Partner, represented by the Municipality ofEger (Hungary), is assisted by the Municipalities of Lublin(Poland), Ravenna (Italy) and Regensburg (Germany); by theProvinces of Ferrara and Treviso (Italy); and by theorganisations of Gyula Forster National Centre for CulturalHeritage Management in Budapest (Hungary), IRM Instituteof Urban Development in Cracow (Poland) and Marco PoloSystem EEIG in Venice (Italy).
HerMan ProjectPress releaseThe project partners have set themselves the main objectiveof increasing knowledge and expertise in the field of culturalheritage management within the Central Europe area.Coinciding with this intention, three activities were definedand will be carried out. Firstly, the project partners willjointly develop and test management strategies and models.The identification, adaptation and creation of innovativeservices refer to the second activity. Finally, the thirdactivity intends to strengthen management capacities of thepartner organisations.HerMan’s five work packagesHerMan combines five work packages matching five specifictopics. The first work package concerns the management ofthe project. The Lead Partner, the Municipality of Eger, isresponsible for the oversight of all the activities undertakenwithin HerMan. More specifically, the Work Package 1 dealswith the start-up, the project coordination, but also with themonitoring and the financial management.The Work Package 2 covers the whole project as well. Ittakes charge of the external communication of the project.The Municipality of Regensburg manages this package. Itensures a wide promotion of the progress and results ofHerMan, through a range of tools adapted to a wide public.Communication materials (such as leaflets, brochures,website, events, press conferences, etc.) will allow atransnational diffusion, relayed on a local/regional level aswell.Both of the Work Packages 3 and 4 follow a logicaldevelopment. They are structured according to differentphases. The setting-up of a framework, through stakeholderplatforms, is the first one. An analysis of the currentsituation is followed by an evaluation. Then a concept isdeveloped and responds to the previous phase. This conceptis afterwards tested. Finally, the feedbacks and conclusionsresult in transnational outputs (handbooks, toolboxes,recommendations, etc.).
HerMan ProjectPress releaseThe third work package, led by the Municipality of Lublin,matches the first objective of HerMan about models andstrategies. The main element of the unit is the elaboration ofCultural Heritage Management Models. This implies in thefirst place the evaluation, through case studies and goodpractices, of the current situation in the heritagemanagement field. The management models are testedthrough three pilot actions. The first one deals with theproposition of a service towards historic building’s owners.This service allows a state of play’s diagnosis of thebuildings. The second pilot action links the Information andCommunication Technologies (ICT) and the libraries. It aimsto improve the management system. The last pilot actionproposes to test new collaborative management methodsfor stakeholders.With the Work Package 4, the Forster Centre intends tocreate innovative services to promote cultural heritageassets. Every project partner is in charge of register all theheritage assets of its city. Good practice visits in partnercities go with these portfolios of assets. These activitiesenable to explore a development potential for the culturalheritage. Just as the Work Package 3, pilot actions are alsoundertaken. The first pilot action proposes to use ICT toolsand offer visitors multi-platform experiences. The secondone concerns underexploited buildings. The third pilot actiondeals with innovative service of reception and orientationtowards families and classrooms.The last work package concerns the management capacitiesof the partners’ staff, matching then the third objective ofHerMan. The Municipality of Ravenna is in charge of thisactivity. Cultural management courses are organised,corresponding with the training needs previously defined.Staff exchanges between project partners complete the fifthwork package.Providing management solutionsThe outputs and the experience of the HerMan Projectconcern in the first place the project partners. Nevertheless,HerMan intends also to provide solutions to other Europeancities.
HerMan ProjectPress releaseThe partners will gather together at the beginning ofOctober in Ferrara for the Mid-Term Conference of theproject.Regensburg, May 23, 2013Press contact:HerMan Communication OfficeAstrid Dumas, Theresa Appoltshauser M.A.Project ManagerPlanning and Building Division | World Heritage ManagementMunicipality of RegensburgAdress D.-Martin-Luther-Straße 1 | 93047 RegensburgPhone +49/941/507-4617Mail email@example.com