NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE PROTECTION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
First employed at the Restoration Centre in 1989, Jernej Hudolin gained a deep understanding of conservation and restoration work.
International contacts gave him a broader view of monument protection around the world. In 2002, he took charge of the Restoration Centre and started developing contacts with leading institutions in the field of restoration, such as the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Between 2014 and 2019, as Director General of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia (IPCHS), he has been actively involved in adopting vital systemic solutions in the area of heritage protection and sustainable development. The IPCHS has implemented a range of complex conservation and restoration projects (Benedetto and Vittore Carpaccio paintings, the mosaics of the Celje municipal region, Plečnik’s house in Ljubljana etc) and became a leading partner in the InnoRenew CoE project, which aims to establish an internationally recognized, scientifically excellent institute in the field of renewable materials, sustainable construction and quality of life. On June 15th 2020, he took over the management of IPCHS for the second time as a Director General.
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.