About the paper
At ESACH, we are excited to share our new position paper which hit the scene this September, and is all about the power of youth in shaping the future of cultural heritage. Titled ‘Youth for the future of cultural heritage in Europe’, this position paper dives into how young professionals and students are preserving and promoting our cultural heritage in a world of climate change. It's like the encore to the 2022 European Year of Youth, capturing all the dreams and ideas the younger generation has for the cultural heritage scene.
‘Youth for the future of cultural heritage in Europe’ shines a light on the urgent challenges hurled at us by climate change, which sends shockwaves through cultural heritage sites, artefacts, and traditions. It's like a firm sign of the need for quick, decisive action to shield and preserve cultural heritage for the generations to come. This position paper is all about advocating for a game-changing, sustainable and all-embracing approach to managing our cultural heritage.
A crew of over 40 young heritage professionals and students made up the dynamic squad behind the scenes of the paper. There were both contributors and reviewers, who teamed up with 10 institutional partners. The Europeana Initiative was represented alongside Europa Nostra and The Future is Heritage.
A call to action
This position paper isn't just a document; it's a call to action. It's shouting about inclusivity, collaboration, intergenerational exchange, strengthening the sector and, of course, riding the wave of new technologies. The position paper further pairs these with five principles for that all-embracing approach to managing our cultural heritage:
Inclusion – heritage as a confluence;
Collaboration – heritage as a collective network;
Intergenerational exchange and dialogue – heritage as a bridge;
Strengthen the sector – heritage as a future profession;
New technologies – heritage as an expanding field.
One of the key components of the position paper is the invitation to sign a pledge, committing to the principles outlined within the document. By adopting this pledge, both individuals and organisations can demonstrate their commitment to working collaboratively towards a future that respects and mobilises the potential of cultural heritage.