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CHARTER - The European Cultural Heritage Skills Alliance

CHARTER - The European Cultural Heritage Skills Alliance

Cultural Heritage Actions to Refine Training, Education and Roles

CHARTER - The European Cultural Heritage Skills Alliance brings together the expertise of some of the leading organisations in cultural heritage to ensure a long-lasting and durable sector.

Over four years, the Erasmus+ funded project will professionalise the sector and further demonstrate its contribution to sustainable and thriving societies and economies.

CHARTER identifies skills shortages and mismatches in the cultural heritage sector to bridge the gap between education and occupational systems to ensure the sector’s viability and illustrate its contribution to social, economic and environmental sustainability in Europe.

By mapping education through formal, informal and lifelong learning pathways, systems of recognition, validation and accreditation for heritage skills will be created. CHARTER will clarify roles and missions regarding cultural heritage so that career pathways are visible for educators and training providers to tailor and benchmark curriculum content and delivery methods.

CHARTER unites 47 European cultural heritage actors covering 5 fields of analysis: safeguarding and preservation; crafts and traditional knowledge; dissemination and communication; knowledge and planning and management. Their combined expertise guarantees an evidence based holistic approach towards the heritage sector’s challenges and needs. The Alliance values an integrated approach that favors participative decision-making processes according to the partners’ level of engagement with CH, their competences, expertise and experience.


CHARTER Alliance publishes its first result and presents a new model for the cultural heritage sect

The European Cultural Heritage Skills Alliance CHARTER, Erasmus+ funded project, released its first public deliverable: “A new landscape for heritage professions – preliminary findings” by Working Package 2 (Strategic analysis of cultural heritage competences and occupational profiles). The report summarises the work and preliminary findings that the WP2 has developed over the past six months.

The report presents the development of a new integrated model for the cultural heritage sector, defining its breadth, dynamics and boundaries in relation to existing cultural, statistical, occupational and economic conceptual definitions, policy principles and frameworks. The model reflects the evolving discourse about cultural heritage and is aligned with the concept of cultural heritage as a “shared resource and common good”, which impacts human, economic and social wellbeing.

The model conveys holistic principles while being applicable in economic and social assessments and policies, proposing cultural heritage as a discrete domain on its own, with specific functions for its full realization.

The report is the result of desk research on the contemporary discourse in cultural heritage, as evidenced in recent policy documents, reports and latest conceptual frameworks, assessment of current statistical indicators and brainstorming sessions with the CHARTER consortium for contributions and validation of the ongoing results.
Access the Full report in the Results section of CHARTER’s website.


TopicCultural heritage, Monument protection, Education

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