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Making Sense of European Heritage: Cultural Routes of Europe, Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage

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  • Hannah Stretton


Ironbridge Annual Lecture 2018

Making Sense of Europe’s Heritage: The Cultural Routes of Europe

Date: Thursday 8 November 2018

Time: 17:30 (light refreshments) 18:00-19:00 (Lecture)

Location: Arts Lecture Theatre 1, Arts Building, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT

RSVP: If you are able to attend, please register for free via our Eventbrite page:

About: For thirty years the Council of Europe has championed the concept of ‘cultural routes’ – a programme of thematic, trans-national itineraries that link place-based tangible and intangible cultural heritage for the benefit of communities and tourists alike. Collectively they illustrate European memory, history and heritage, promote intercultural dialogue and a deeper understanding of European cultures. Some 33 certified Cultural Routes now exist and the UK is involved in 13 of these.

Drawing upon selected Routes, Dr Dominioni examines how these help us to make sense of Europe not only in historical terms but also in terms of contemporary patterns of diversity and mobility and, how such routes can contribute to the development of community engagement with heritage and related local economies.

Several sites in the UK feature along the Cultural Routes of Europe, including the Viking Route, the European Route of Jewish Heritage, the Cemeteries Route, The Route of Historic Thermal Towns and the European Route of Ceramics. The Routes are more than tourist trails but real trans-national partnerships which seek to shed light on the manifold relationships that have existed across Europe over the centuries.

We very much hope that you can join us for an opportunity to network with colleagues in the sector and to find out more about offered through the Cultural Routes of Europe Programme.

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