On the 10th and 11th of July the first Heritage Values Network workshop took place in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. This two day workshop was aimed at `Understanding Heritage Values`, bringing together heritage practitioners, policy-makers and academics from all across Europe.
On the first day we engaged on a dynamic plenary debate, triggered by a set of statements extracted from the contributions of the participants to the workshop proceedings. The debate was led by Prof. Colenbrander and Prof. Willems in open dialogue, embodying the tradional vs. modern perspective in heritage values. The partners formed an expert panel. Guest were involved by reacting live to the set of statements and were given the opportunity to agree or disagree with each statement by means of electronic voting. At the end of day 1 discussion on heritage values continued over dinner and drinks.
The second day began at the Eindhoven city hall where all guests were given lectures on the heritage and archaeology of Eindhoven. It was very interesting to see how industrial buildings in the city have been transformed into living space and cultural places. Architects and urban planners have managed to rehabilitate the heritage of Eindhoven, making use of monuments in various ways. In the afternoon everyone took a tour through the city as we made our way back to the University where we continued where we had left off the previous day. All the guests split up per discipline and engaged in round table discussions. The partners who were in charge of chairing the table discussion shared the outcomes of each group, highlighting gaps and prioritizing actions. Our colleagues in Eindhoven are gathering the feedback and results of the workshop which shall be posted on our website soon.
I look forward to seeing what the next two workshops will bring.
Victoria van der Haas, Leiden University