Uitnodiging – Mid Term Conference Innocastle

Tijdens deze online-conferentie ‘The adaptation of European country houses and rural estates in times of COVID-19’ gaan HO GENT en partners o.a. in op de impact die Covid-19 heeft op kasteeldomeinen en landgoederen. Verder worden ook de publicatie gepresenteerd horende bij de baseline survey uitgevoerd tijdens het project. Verder vindt u de Engelstalige uitnodiging met programma en inschrijvingslink voor 24 september.

You are cordially invited to the international Mid Term Conference of Innocastle: The adaptation of European country houses in times of COVID-19. We all experience the consequences and impact of COVID-19. Social distancing and lockdown measures have greatly influenced the work of heritage institutions and owners. Together we shall explore and reflect on the impact of COVID-19 for the heritage sector, specifically country houses and rural estates. What challenges and adaptations do we see in Europe? We need a new way of working, of presenting our heritage, of welcoming our visitors. In this, we can learn a lot from each other. The Mid Term Conference has been organised by the Province of Gelderland, Gelders Genootschap and Eurodite in collaboration with all the Innocastle partners. The language of the conference is English.

Key-note speaker is dr. Ben Cowell, director general of Historic Houses Association (UK), who will look at various ways of adaptation by country house owners in difficult times, in the past and now. Subsequently, the five Innocastle partners will pitch five relevant topics: 1. digitisation of heritage (Province of Badajoz); 2: democratisation of heritage (National Trust); 3: the value of green heritage (Province of Gelderland/ Gelders Genootschap); 4: potential of staycations (Ghent University College); 5: rebuilding rural communities (National Institute for Heritage).

We look forward to exploring and discussing these topics with you. You can sign up for this conference here.


Chair: dr. Elyze Storms-Smeets, Innocastle – team Gelderland

14u00: Introduction by chair Elyze Storms-Smeets

14u05: Welcome Peter Drenth, deputy of the province of Gelderland, the Netherlands

14u15: ‘The Innocastle baseline survey’, by Bert de Roo (Ghent University College, Belgium)

14u25: Short video ‘The adaptation of European country houses in times of COVID-19’

14u30: ‘Country house survival’ by Ben Cowell, director general of Historic Houses Association (United Kingdom)

14u45: Live Q & A with Ben Cowell

15u00 Pitch 1: digitisation of heritage (Province of Badajoz, Spain)

15u05 Pitch 2: democratisation of heritage (National Trust, United Kingdom)

15u10 Pitch 3: the value of green heritage (Province of Gelderland, the Netherlands)

15.15 Pitch 4: the potential of staycations (Ghent University College, Belgium)

15u20 Pitch 5: rebuilding rural communities (National Institute for Heritage, Romania)

15u25 Discussion about heritage in times of COVID-19

15u50 Closing speech by dr. Paul Thissen, Province of Gelderland (the Netherlands)

16u00 End

Queries? Or would you like to contribute to the discussion? Contact Elyze Storms-Smeets or Alina Tomescu.

Innocastle stands for: INNOvating policy instruments for preservation, transformation and exploitation of heritage CASTLEs, manors and gardens. The partnership of INNOCASTLE consists of five European partners: the National Institute for Heritage (Romania), Ghent University College (Belgium), the Province of Badajoz (Spain), the National Trust (United Kingdom) and the Province of Gelderland (The Netherlands). For more information about Innocastle: www.interregeurope.eu/innocastle/