MINISTRY OF CULTURE – CULTURAL HERITAGE DEPARTMENT
Born in 1954 in Zagreb-Croatia, Ranka Saračević-Würth graduated in Art History and Italian Language from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb, in 1979.
Prior to taking permanent employment in the Conservation Service, she worked on organising art expositions. Since 1984, she has been working in the Conservation Service, currently in the Ministry of Culture, Sector for the Protection of Cultural Heritage on documentation processes, photo-database and creating inventories of movable cultural heritage in the property of religious communities. Since 2002, Ranka Saračević-Würth has been Head Conservator of the Republic of Croatia for movable cultural heritage and since 2012, Head of Sector for the Protection of Cultural Heritage. In 2003 she became representative of the Ministry of Culture in the Council of Europe’s Committee for Cultural and Natural Heritage and Landscape.
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.