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Heritage NGOs in Flanders and the Flemish heritage policy (Eva Van Hoye)



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Heritage NGOs in Flanders and the Flemish heritage policy (Eva Van Hoye)

  1. 1. HEEMKUNDE VLAANDEREN vzw 06/08/09 The Association for the Study of Local History in Flanders Acting between policy and heritage community Eva Van Hoye
  2. 2. Who are we? <ul><li>non-profit organisation </li></ul><ul><li>funded by the Flemish Ministry of Culture </li></ul><ul><li>5 staff members, board of directors consisting entirely of volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>active participation of volunteers in the decision-making process </li></ul><ul><li>acting as an umbrella organisation for the regions of Flanders and Brussels </li></ul><ul><li>long established, but modern approach </li></ul><ul><li>support for volunteers and voluntary organisations in the field of local heritage </li></ul>06/08/09
  3. 3. Objectives <ul><li>Platform for the community of heritage volunteers studying local and regional history and heritage in Flanders and Brussels </li></ul><ul><li>=> Safeguarding the intangible and tangible heritage in Flanders, sustaining and passing on this heritage to future generations </li></ul>06/08/09
  4. 4. Why do we get financial support from the government? <ul><li>Importance of the heritage community </li></ul><ul><li>Safeguarding heritage </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of work </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural and social responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Efforts to introduce ‘intercultural’ projects </li></ul>06/08/09
  5. 5. I. Importance of the Heritage Community <ul><li>● large community: </li></ul><ul><li>450 voluntary local history associations </li></ul><ul><li>426 local museums </li></ul><ul><li>306 local archives and documentation centers </li></ul><ul><li>● maintaining good contacts with this community: </li></ul><ul><li>- knowing what the community wants, e.g. by questionnaires and personal contacts </li></ul>06/08/09
  6. 6. I. Importance of the Heritage Community <ul><li>Developing a good structure and communication strategy for our organisation </li></ul><ul><li>● community almost entirely comprised of volunteers </li></ul>06/08/09
  7. 7. II. Safeguarding Heritage <ul><li>Core task of our organisation </li></ul><ul><li>-> support and training </li></ul><ul><li>-> organisation of courses and meetings </li></ul><ul><li>-> publications </li></ul><ul><li>-> promotion of heritage at cultural events </li></ul><ul><li>-> encourage participation of young people through heritage education </li></ul><ul><li>-> international development in heritage policy </li></ul>06/08/09
  8. 8. III. Quality of work <ul><li>● internal quality care </li></ul><ul><li>● self evaluation: critical evaluation of own organisation </li></ul><ul><li>giving advice to other organisations </li></ul><ul><li>management quality of local organisations </li></ul><ul><li>establishing realistic goals </li></ul>06/08/09
  9. 9. IV. Cultural and Social Responsibility <ul><li>efficiently reacting to new developments in the heritage field </li></ul><ul><li>-> transmission of the ideas of the heritage community to the government </li></ul><ul><li>efficiently reacting to new developments in heritage policy </li></ul><ul><li>-> transmission of these ideas to the heritage community </li></ul>06/08/09
  10. 10. V. Efforts to Introduce ‘ Intercultural ’ Projects <ul><li>organisation of courses </li></ul><ul><li>developing intensive support programs with a local voluntary association in relation to cultural diversity </li></ul><ul><li>project making documentaries based on oral history </li></ul><ul><li>understanding the difficulties when initiating cultural diversity projects within the heritage community </li></ul>06/08/09
  11. 11. How Can We Influence the Heritage Policy? <ul><li>● by being a member of several advisory committees of the Flemish Government in relation to heritage </li></ul><ul><li>● by actively taking part when a new decree on heritage was written by the Flemish government </li></ul><ul><li>● by helping a local organisation to get Carnival on UNESCO’s ‘representative list of the intangible cultural heritage’ </li></ul><ul><li>● by being accredited to provide advisory services to the intergovernmental committee for safeguaring the intangible cultural heritage (UNESCO) </li></ul><ul><li>● ... </li></ul>06/08/09
  12. 12. Contact <ul><li>Heemkunde Vlaanderen vzw </li></ul><ul><li>Huis De Zalm </li></ul><ul><li>Zoutwerf 5 </li></ul><ul><li>B-2800 Mechelen </li></ul><ul><li>Belgium </li></ul><ul><li>Info@ heemkunde-vlaanderen.be </li></ul><ul><li>http :// www.heemkunde-vlaanderen.be / </li></ul>06/08/09