The purpose of this charter is to define the basic principles of Interpretation and Presentation as essential components of heritage conservation efforts and as a means of enhancing public appreciation and understanding of cultural heritage sites.
The Council of Europe's Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (known as The Faro Convention of 2005) encourages reflection on the role of citizens in the processes of defining, deciding and managing the cultural heritage environment in which communities function and evolve. The heritage project that the Ename Center has set up in Ronse (Belgium) has been selected by the Council of Europe to illustrate how the general principles of the convention can by applied in practice. For more information see the Council of Europe's brochure.
This declaration reflects on the UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape and is the result of an international workshop on "Heritage in the 21st Century and the Future of the Historic Urban Landscape: Lessons from China and Europe" that took place in Ronse, Belgium, from 26 to 27 February 2013.
The Ename Center is doing a valuation study of the battlefield of Lafelt 1747. The battle is also known as the Battle of Maastricht. This study is commissioned by the Flemish Heritage Agency.
International cooperation and exchange of expertise is a constant factor in the approach of the Ename Center. This also takes the form of internships or research visits. Until October 2013 Dr. Chengyu Zhang of the School of Archaeology and Museology of Peking University is working on a comparative study of heritage interpretation in China and Europe.
Ten institutions in eight countries launch a European network that focuses on a historical period that is emblematic of the formative decades of Europe: the Early Middle Ages, when the idea of ‘Europe’ was founded.