CULTURAL HERITAGE AGENCY
EHHF 2017 OUR COMMON HERITAGE – SHARING THE RESPONSIBILITY
Kristín Huld Sigurðardóttir achieved a Bachelor with Honours degree and a PhD in Archaeology from the University College London.
She also has a MPA-degree (Master of public administration) and a diploma in business administration from the University of Iceland. She is a specialist in archaeological conservation from the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen and worked for the National Museum of Iceland. From 1997 to 2001, she was an Associate Professor and Director of the Study of Archaeological Conservation at the University of Oslo, Norway. Then, from 2001 to 2012, Kristín Huld Sigurðardóttir hold the position of Director General for the Archaeological Heritage Agency of Iceland. In 2013, she was appointed Director General of the Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland. In parallel, she has been acting as a board member for the World Heritage Committee of Iceland, ICOM-Iceland, and the European Archaeological Council, and teaching at the University of Iceland. She published various articles on archaeology, conservation and the management of the cultural heritage of Iceland.
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.