During my last visit to Vienna in late autumn, I marvelled at the expanded range of Christmas calendars in shops and supermarkets. In my childhood these had just been flat pieces of cardboard with a picture of St. Nicholas, or Christmas angels, or a magnificently decorated tree, and some gold and glitter sprinkled on them to make them special.
Cultural Heritage connects
The present is always marked by conflicts of the past, be they wars or ethnic and social disputes.
When it comes to promoting reconciliatory coexistence in the present, reviving cultural heritage is a good way to bring what we have in common to the fore.
ARCH Europe therefore sets itself the goal of supporting the return to the common cultural heritage of the past, in Europe as well as worldwide.
What does ARCH stand for?
- Alliance for the
- Restoration of
“As a political scientist, I have long been fascinated by the ability of cultural heritage and traditions – and by this I mean not only important buildings, statues or museums but also things like music and food and much-loved local treasures – to delight and unify people across borders and other divisions. It’s enlighteningto see that practices and beliefs that initially appear quite different, often reveal a bedrock of common human needs and aspirations, which when uncovered can do much to build bonds of peace.”
Dr. Cheryl Benard / Vice-President of ARCH Europe
“Everyone has the chance to positively contribute to society following his talents and experiences. In ARCH I see a fantastic initiative to activate cultural heritage of the past as a reconciling societal factor for the present. As a person, I am an entrepreneur drawing on experience in management, and an ethnologist with access to the science of culture.”
Dr. Marietta Ulrich-Horn / President of ARCH Europe
Wish us luck! The ARCH-Europe Team submitted an abstract for a panel we propose to co-host, together with the Kanaltaler Kulturverein: “From combat to friendship around a historic Alpine Lodge. Heritage and peace-building on the border of Italy, Slovenia and Austria.”
In September 2022, we successfully nominated the historic mountain hut Annahütte to the 7 Most Endangered Heritage Sites in Europe List.