BRUSSELS / FLANDERS / WALLONIA
EHHF 2014 HERITAGE IN URBAN CONTEXT: THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES
BRUSSELS – DIRECTORATE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE
Thierry Wauters, Director
Since the 1st October 2013, Thierry Wauters has been appointed Director of the Directorate for Cultural Heritage of the Brussels-Capital region.
Graduated in Botanical sciences (University Libre Bruxelles), he was entrusted for 20 years the coordination of the department on natural heritage with a 5-year interruption during which he was heritage ad- viser for the secretary of State in this specialty. Thierry Wauters has participated to the restoration of numer- ous protected buildings and sites in Brussels, such as the castle Charle-Albert, the Park of Brussels, the castle of Groesselen- berg, the Bois de la Cambre, or the room Henri Leboeuf in the Palace of Fine Arts. He also coordinated 5 big campaigns of protection which have significantly influenced the heritage policy of Brussels. They are the campaign “Ancien regime”, the remarkable trees, the city-gardens, Brussels Art Nouveau, as well as the “Palais de Bruxelles”. More than 200 properties have been thus definitely protected.
FLANDERS – HERITAGE AGENCY
Peter De Wilde, Director
Peter De Wilde is CEO of the Flanders Heritage Agency and acting CEO of VISITFLANDERS.
Flanders, the northern part of Belgium, and its capital Brussels are well known for its rich art, heritage & history, amazing gastronomy, nature experiences and cycling culture.
Flanders Heritage and VISITFLANDERS are agencies of the Flemish Government. The Flanders Heritage Agency is an agency and scientific institution of the Flemish government. Flanders Heritage is competent for architectural, archaeological, landscape and marine heritage. They prepare and implement the immovable heritage policy in Flanders. They inventorize and protect immovable heritage, support its conservation and conduct policy-oriented research.
VISITFLANDERS strengthens the positive power of tourism with the aim of allowing Flanders to flourish as an innovative, inspiring and high-quality travel destination. They support the tourism sector to further develop Flanders as a qualitative travel destination and promote our destination abroad.
Their efforts benefit both the places in Flanders and the residents, entrepreneurs and visitors.
Before he became VISITFLANDERS’ CEO in 2009, and Flanders Heritage Agency CEO in 2022, Peter was professor of French language and medieval literature at the University of Antwerp an Dunkerque and was head of the department of culture of the province of Antwerp and Chief of the Cabinet for Culture & Tourism in Antwerp. He is president of Davidsfonds, was former president of the European Travel Commission, and incoming president of NECSTouR in 2023.
WALLONIA – HERITAGE AGENCY (AWAP)
Jean Plumier, Administrateur Général
Born in 1960, Jean Plumier bachelored in archaeology and art history at Louvain-la-Neuve, in 1982. He then worked as scientific counselor at the Namur Archaeological Museum and at the National Excavation Service. Although, he spent most of his career working at regional level. He joined the team responsible for the Namur Province in 1992 and was quickly put in charge in 1997, before he was appointed Director of the Regional Excavation Service, in 1999. From 2014 to 2018, he counseled the Wallonian Ministry for Heritage and then joined the new Wallonian Heritage Agency (AWaP), where he became General Inspector in April 2018. Throughout his career, he participated to many ecavations abroad (Italy, France, Cambodia, Tunisia). Jean Plumier is a man of science as well as a field worker. He is a humanist and a pedagogue, who gives great interest in heighten awareness amongst the citizens, by initiating open and engaging projects.
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.