CULTURAL HERITAGE AGENCY
EHHF 2011 CHANGES IN RURAL HERITAGE
Susan Lammers is General Director of the Cultural Heritage Agency (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed), the Netherlands centre of expertise for heritage, an executive and knowledge body of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
The Cultural Heritage Agency is responsible for preserving and protecting historic buildings, archaeological sites and works of art. And helping others to do so. But also to give cultural historical values a place within spatial development plans and projects. In the State heritage laboratories scientists undertake research to ensure that objects of art and objects of historical value can be preserved for posterity. Our aim is to give the future a – recognisable – past. Over 350 staff work for the Agency, including specialists in restoration, historical research, chemistry, law, (art) history, archaeology, urban planning, archiving etc.
Susan Lammers studied at the Faculty of Arts at the Radboud University of Nijmegen. Previously, she worked as director at the University of Applied science Utrecht, as director at the Ministry of Finance and as director at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.
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.