NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD
EHHF 2019 CULTURAL HERITAGE IN SOCIETY, AN INTEGRATED APPROACH
Lars Amréus (1964) is an archaeology graduate from Uppsala University.
He was appointed Director General of the SNHB in March 2012.
He started his career as an archaeologist/antiquarian at Stockholm University and later the Swedish National Heritage Board, conducting archaeological fieldwork in various parts of the country. In 1994-2000 he served as Head of Section at the Swedish Ministry of Culture, responsible for i.e. cultural heritage, museums and international co-operation in the heritage field. He entered the Swedish National Historical Museums in 2000 as Head of Strategy and Planning, being successively appointed Deputy Director, and, in 2005, Director General. He served as Chairperson of the Swedish Association of Museums 2007-2012, and was formerly a member of the European Museum Academy (EMA), while currently belonging to their Pool of Experts. He holds his present post as Director General of the Swedish National Heritage Board since March 2012. He is i.e. a member of H.M. King Carl XVI:s Council for Property and Buildings, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Swedish World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). He is also presently serving as Chairperson of the Association of Swedish Director Generals.
A little bit of history
A European Heritage Summit was first organized in London on 26–28 April 2006 by Dr. Simon Thurley, former Chief Executive Officer of English Heritage. The mission of the Summit was to gather for the first time the European cultural heritage leaders who had the opportunity to exchange their experience and initiate common actions. It was attended by 23 European states which agreed in the Final Statement to continue to meet annually as a forum of European heritage heads, known as the “European Heritage Heads Forum”. Future hosting countries are chosen by general agreement at the annual meeting.