European cultural heritage and creativity for a better society
Cultural heritage is the expression of our way of living including values, behaviours, customs, practices, places, objects and artistic expressions that are transmitted from one generation to the next.
Safeguarding and valorisation of our cultural heritage is a key European policy priority that needs solid research to produce evidence for future policy making. This will be done using innovative approaches in cooperation with creative stakeholders.
The cultural and creative sectors are major drivers of innovation, growth, job creation and social development. The resilience, cohesion and innovative potential of European societies are strongly linked to cultural heritage and the arts.
It is also important to improve access to and engagement with our cultural and artistic assets and build on collective constructions of past and present realities.
In times of crisis (such as the coronavirus pandemic) the cultural and creative sector can become the driver of resilience and post-crisis revival. Museums, cultural institutions, artists and creators, will need to be the agents of a truly holistic and inclusive revival.
Research and innovation funding in cultural heritage
Cultural heritage is an important strategic area of European research and innovation.
Under the current research and innovation funding programme, Horizon 2020, more than €500 million has been invested on actions that
- develop tools and methodologies for preserving tangible and intangible cultural heritage
- protect endangered heritage from illicit trafficking
- foster access to cultural heritage through digital means
- promote cultural tourism for regional socio-economic development
- strengthen cooperation between museums and heritage sites
Investment also helped to improve coordination between national research policies in the field and to foster networking between local communities, citizens and creative stakeholders.
Future funding under Horizon Europe
In the next research and innovation funding programme beginning in 2021, Horizon Europe all activities will be streamlined through a specific intervention area, under Cluster 2 of the programme, Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society.
Having a dedicated section for cultural heritage means that the sector can be dealt with in a holistic fashion that encompasses tangible, intangible heritage, arts and creative sectors.
Project policy briefs
SSH research projects publish policy briefs while they are active. Briefs related to culture and citizenship are listed below.
Advancing the European Multilingual Experience
Analysis and Enhancement of an Anti-corruption Tool. To Enable Better Informed and Effective Citizens Participation in Europe.
Social Platform on Cultural Heritage and European Identities
Cultural Opposition: Understanding the Cultural Heritage of Dissent in the Former Socialist Countries
INTERnational COoperation in the SSH: Comparative Socio-Historical Perspectives and Future Possibilities
MEditerranean MOntainous LAndscapes: an historical approach to cultural heritage based on traditional agrosystems
Mobility and Inclusion in Multilingual Europe
Renewal, Innovation and Change: Heritage and European Society.
The main objective of RICHES is to reduce the distance between people and culture, recalibrating the relationship between heritage professionals and heritage users in order to maximise cultural creativity.