FINNISH HERITAGE AGENCY
Tiina Merisalo was appointed as the Director General of the Finnish Heritage Agency in April 2020.
She is Master of Arts in Art history, History and Ethnology from Helsinki University and has expanded her leadership and management skills with Executive MBA -degree from Aalto University Executive Education 2015 and other leadership programs including Nordic Museum Management Program in Denmark. Previously she led Helsinki City Museum 2003 – 2020 and has 30 years of versatile museum experience and expertise especially in cultural environment and built heritage research and protection in the city museums of Hanko, Espoo and Helsinki. During her time as the director Helsinki City Museum went through major changes and grew to become one of the most visited and successful museums in Finland. The museum received several awards including The Finnish Museum of the Year Award 2017, Museums and Heritage International Award 2017 and the Special Commendation in European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) 2018. The museum during her leadership has been in the vanguard of Finnish museums in opening and making accessible the museum’s vast photo collections as open data and user-friendly services.
She has been active member of the Finnish museum community and has had several positions of responsibility: she was twice the vice chair in the Board of Finnish Museums Association; member in the Board of Theatre Museum and in the Board of Representatives of Museum of Finnish Architecture among other boards.
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.