The CulturalBase Social Platform on Cultural Heritage and European Identities was launched in 2015 and funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme. Its main goal was to identify and analyze the main debates and controversies regarding cultural heritage and European identities, by focusing its work along three axes: cultural memory, cultural inclusion and cultural creativity.
Among the project’s outcomes, and with the objective to produce policy guidelines and recommendations on the issues tackled, in 2017 CulturalBase released four policy briefs:
The main focus of three of the policy briefs was on the project’s 3 main axes: (1) Cultural Memory, analyzes and proposes recommendations around culture and heritage rights issues; (2) Cultural Inclusion, tackles the way in which museums and cultural institutions tend not to foster cultural diversity and inclusion; and, finally, (3) Cultural Creativity, addresses how the changes caused by digitization affect culture and heritage. Although released two years ago, the three policy briefs are all still very relevant. The fourth brief was on the (4) 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage (2018EYCH) and addresses the challenges, trends, and the different priority areas for action identified by CulturalBase. Although the EYCH has already taken place, the brief provides for interesting insights.
We recommend these document to all of those interested in issues relating to the safeguard of European cultural heritage not only as a legacy of our past but also as a vital resource for our future.