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Evaluation of cultural heritage

Evaluation of cultural heritage

The Evaluation on Cultural Heritage found that the EEA and Norway Grants 04-09 were of great importance to the conservation of cultural heritage in the beneficiary countries.  End-beneficiaries were able to invest effectively in the restoration of cultural heritage objects, and in the development of activities around the restored objects.

The cultural heritage evaluation confirmed the value of funding in this sector. Protection of cultural heritage was a priority in all countries, representing around 20% of grants awarded.
The EEA and Norway Grants 2004-09 provided more than €250 million for cultural heritage projects in 15 countries.  For this evaluation, field studies were undertaken in seven countries: Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia (26 sample projects).  Desk studies of a further 25 projects were undertaken, bringing the total value of the evaluated projects to nearly €70 million, representing 27 % of the total grant funds.

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Key findings

The Evaluation on Cultural Heritage found that the EEA and Norway Grants 04-09 were of great importance to the conservation of cultural heritage in the beneficiary countries.  End-beneficiaries were able to invest effectively in the restoration of cultural heritage objects, and in the development of activities around the restored objects.

  • Many examples show that the support created spin-off effects, resulting in new activities and leverage of additional funding after the completion of the projects.
  • Revitalisation of buildings and restoration of cultural heritage assets helped to attract greater visitor numbers and strengthen pride in local communities.
  • The projects successfully reached out to a wide range of target groups, and increased cultural management capacity within involved organisations.

 
Good results included the successful revitalisation and preservation of buildings, increased visitor numbers, successes in reaching a large number of target groups, and increased management ability within the organisations.  Positive effects of projects that focused on community or regional needs were observed in changes in the attitudes of citizens, local professionals and local politicians.

In a context where many heritage sites in these countries were in a critical state of disrepair, most projects focused on restoring actual monuments rather than testing out more creative conversions of buildings for other purposes. Several of the new cultural heritage programmes will now focus on the re-use of heritage buildings to support activities that promote inclusion and diversity in culture.