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Strawberry Hill wins major EU cultural heritage award
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Strawberry Hilll, Twickenham, won one of the 2013 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. Along with six other entrants it will receive GBP 8 500 (Euro 10 000). The award celebrates major achievements in sustaining Europe's cultural heritage. Strawberry Hill was in competition with 200 other projects and received the award for conservation.

    Strawberry Hill

    Strawberry Hill

    "The outstanding quality and diversity of the winning projects highlight the extraordinary skills and passion which epitomize Europe’s cultural heritage sector – a sector we must support and protect for future generations. Heritage is not about 'glorifying' our past. It is a huge asset for our present and future; it is one of the main factors that makes Europe the world's top tourist destination, contributing significantly to our economy and helping to create jobs in our cities and regions," said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

    Built as a private villa on the Thames, Horace Walpole’s ‘plaything house’ was in domestic use until 1923, when it was sold to a teacher training institution. Despite the villa’s critical place in architectural history, as the cradle of the Gothic revival, Strawberry Hill was seriously neglected, falling into decay and suffering from poor repairs. The Jury applauded the beautiful conservation of this exceptionally influential place and admired the courage and commitment shown by local volunteers and their professional partners.

    It has now become a tradition for UK restoration work to be recognised at the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. In 2012, Leighton House Museum, the former home and studio of the nineteenth century British artist Lord Leighton, was recognised for its outstanding conservation achievements. Other winners include: the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, The Poundstock Gildhouse in Bude, Cornwall and the Ashmolean Museaum in Oxford.

    The 2014 competition is now open and the deadline to nominate projects is 9 September 2013. The ceremony will take place in Vienna on 5 May 2014.


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    The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards has been organised by Europa Nostra and the European Commission since 2002. The 30 winners of the 2013 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards  were selected from among nearly 200 projects nominated by 30 countries. Specialist juries made up of independent experts from across Europe assess the nominated projects in four categories – 1) conservation, 2) research, 3) dedicated service, and 4) education, training and awareness-raising.

    The awards are supported by the EU Culture Programme, which has invested more than GBP 25.5 million (Euro 30 million) in co-financing heritage-related projects since 2007. Other EU programmes also provide support: the European Regional Development Fund has allocated GBP 5 billion (Euro 6 billion) for culture in 2007-2013. Of this, GBP 2.5 billion (Euro 3 billion) supports the protection and preservation of cultural heritage. A further GBP 130 million (Euro 150 million) has been made available through EU Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development since 1998.

    Europa Nostra is a pan-European NGO which acts as the voice of cultural heritage. It represents 250 non-governmental and non-profit organisations from more than 50 European countries, with a combined membership of at least 5 million people. It also counts on the support of over 150 associate public authorities and corporations and more than 1 500 individual members. Its vast network of professionals and volunteers are committed to safeguarding Europe’s cultural heritage for present and future generations.

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    Last update: 17/06/2013  |Top