Cultural Heritage

Baltic Region Heritage Committee (BRHC)

The Baltic Region Heritage Committee – BRHC (former Monitoring Group on Cultural Heritage in the Baltic Sea States) is composed by nominated representatives of state authorities in charge of national heritage management in ten countries and was established back in 1998.

The activities focus both on the intrinsic value of cultural heritage and its sustainable management. The BRHC promotes the potential of cultural heritage as a strategic resource for developing the Baltic Sea Region.

The members represent the national bodies in charge of cultural heritage. The involved countries under the umbrella of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) are Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Schleswig-Holstein), Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden. The Russian Federation has at the moment no active members.

Latvia is chairing the committee from July 2018 until June 2019, working with the troika countries Sweden and Denmark.

The Latvian Chairmanship of the BRHC will devote itself to safeguarding the cultural heritage in the region and also pay attention to facilitating dialogue and practical cooperation between the experts in the field of cultural heritage.

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The Committees´ work is organised in three working groups under the supervision of the BRHC:

  • Underwater Cultural Heritage – Its aim is to study the implications and possible content of a regional agreement to protect underwater cultural heritage in the Baltic Sea. This includes the prohibition of CBSS nationals and ships flying member-state flags from interfering with historic wrecks and archaeological structures.
  • Coastal Culture and Maritime Heritage – The aim is to deepen the cooperation between authorities concerning the coastal culture and its development and to draw the attention to the strategies for sustainable use of coastal areas. Special attention should be given to documentation and presentation of coastal culture in terms of research and exhibitions.
  • 20th Century Built Heritage – The aim is to develop a deeper knowledge regarding postwar built heritage, its architecture and how municipal planning in the region can contribute to a better understanding of the various values embedded in this era and facilitates, in extension, necessary mediation to decision makers.

Cultural Heritage Forums.

The BRHC has since 2003 arranged regional Cultural Heritage Forums. The last one was arranged in Kiel in September 2016 – “From post-war to postmodern”, which focused on the historical legacy of the post-war twentieth-century architecture.

The Baltic Region Heritage Committees´ Working Group on 20th century-built heritage, the Swedish National Heritage Board and the host, the Archaeological State Department of Schleswig-Holstein, were in charge of the Forum preparations in cooperation with the Baltic Region Heritage Committee.

The conference report is available to download as print on demand here.

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