The European Heritage Awards were jointly launched in 2002 by the European Commission and Europa Nostra, in the framework of the Commission’s Culture Programme, to celebrate exemplary initiatives of the many facets of Europe's cultural heritage in categories ranging form the restoration of buildings and their adaptation to new uses, to urban and rural landscape rehabilitation, archaeological site interpretations, and care for art collections.
The seven Grand Prize winners of the 2009 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards were announced on the evening of 5 June.
An additional 21 Awards were also granted during the official European Heritage Awards Ceremony in the Teatro Antico in Taormina, Sicily (Italy).
The Grand Prizes, each worth €10,000, went to projects in Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.
In his message Mr Ján Figel', the European Commissioner responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, underlined that the chosen projects and people involved in them "show that heritage is not simply about restoring and conserving things from our past, it is also about actively bringing our common heritage into the present and making it a part of our daily lives.''
The Grand Prizes were presented by Her Royal Highness The Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón, President of Europa Nostra, and by Mr. Bernd Biervert who represented Commissioner Figel'.
The Awards highlight exceptional conservation, research and education achievements, as well as dedicated service to heritage conservation.
|In 2009 a total of 138 applications and nominations from 24 countries were received in the various categories and assessed in situ by independent experts. The best of these were selected by one of four Heritage Awards Juries in a series of recent meetings. 28 were short-listed to receive an Award, and from these, seven were selected to receive a Grand Prize. Each of the seven Grand Prize winners received an amount of € 10,000.|
Category 1 — Conservation:
- Kesälahti Church Bell Tower [628 KB] , FINLAND (Grand Prize)
- Mátra Museum in Gyöngyös [381 KB] , HUNGARY (Grand Prize)
- The Church of Saints Faustino and Giovita in Fasano [793 KB] , ITALY (Grand Prize)
- High Level Bridge at Newcastle [57 KB] /Gateshead, UNITED KINGDOM (Grand Prize)
- Gozzoburg Medieval building in Krems [124 KB] , AUSTRIA (Award)
- Grotenfelt Family Burial Chapel's wall paintings in Joroinen [497 KB] , FINLAND (Award)
- Dokumentationsstätte Regierungsbunker, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler [916 KB] , GERMANY (Award)
- Archaeological Site of Nicopolis in Epirus [612 KB] , GREECE (Award)
- "Macro Future" and "Alternative Economy City" in Rome [97 KB] , ITALY (Award)
- Via Latina at the University of Coimbra [177 KB] , PORTUGAL (Award)
- La Casería de Tomillos at Alcalá del Valle [880 KB] , SPAIN (Award)
- The Church of Santa María La Mayor in Colmenar de Oreja [18 KB] , SPAIN (Award)
- Stanley Mills in Stanley Perthshire [102 KB] , UNITED KINGDOM (Award)
- Logie Schoolhouse in Craigo [527 KB] , UNITED KINGDOM (Award)
- The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness on Orkney [141 KB] , UNITED KINGDOM (Award)
Category 2 — Research:
- The Noah's Ark Project [251 KB] - Global Climate Change Impact on Built Heritage and Cultural Landscapes, ITALY (Grand Prize)
- Study, Assessment and Design [125 KB] for the Structural and Architectural Restoration of the Bedestan in Nicosia, CYPRUS (Award)
- Series of five restoration catalogues [453 KB] from 2004 to 2008 of the Olomouc Museum of Art, CZECH REPUBLIC (Award)
- An Inventory of Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes [934 KB] in Ireland, IRELAND (Award)
Category 3 — Dedicated service:
- Dr Glenn Murray from Segovia [779 KB] , SPAIN (Grand Prize)
- Fundación de la Comunidad Valenciana La Luz de la Imágenes [761 KB] , SPAIN (Award)
- Professor David Walker, OBE, from Edinburgh [384 KB] , UNITED KINGDOM (Award)
Category 4 — Education, training and awareness-raising:
- Sustainable Aegean Programme [813 KB] , GREECE (Grand Prize)
- Maison du patrimoine médiéval mosan in Bouvignes-sur-Meuse [400 KB] , BELGIUM (Award)
- Pontemanco - A proposed teaching method for reading the landscape , ITALY (Award)
- Academia Istropolitana Nova in Sväty Jur [336 KB] , SLOVAKIA (Award)
- "Culture Ants" project of the Cultural Awareness Foundation [208 KB] , Istanbul, TURKEY (Award)
- Upper Colne Valley dry stone walling project from Huddersfield [361 KB] , UNITED KINGDOM (Award)