European year of cultural heritage 2018 and community archaeology

2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage, a year of events, activities and celebrations all around Europe to get people interested and involved in cultural heritage. Community archaeology and heritage is a very important aspect of archaeology in Ireland, as put simply-knowledge breeds awareness and through awareness we enable protection of our cultural heritage.

Cultural heritage is the fabric of our lives and societies. It surrounds us in the buildings of our towns and cities; our landscapes, natural sites,monuments and archaeological sites.It is not only made up of literature, art and objects but also by the crafts we learn, the stories we tell, the food we eat, the songs we sing and the films we watch. Cultural heritage brings communities together and builds shared understandings of the places we live in. Thanks to technology and the internet, it is now more accessible than ever.

In Ireland, the Heritage Council is coordinating the European Year of Cultural Heritage. It will coordinate and promote a national programme of European Year of Cultural Heritage events and other activities.

The theme for the Year in Ireland is ‘Make a Connection’. This theme aims to deepen the connection between people and heritage, and build a legacy of increased public engagement. To achieve this objective, the Heritage Council is inviting organisations and individuals to take action and respond to the theme.

The Heritage Council are asking organisations and individuals to identify initiatives, existing and new, planned for 2018 which meet the objectives of European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH).  Types of events considered includes the following:

  • Cultural event or performance
  • Media event,
  • Launch event
  • Exhibition, show
  • Festivals, including film festivals
  • Conference, symposium, forum, debate study, survey
  • Visit, exchange
  • Digital projects

If you think you and your community would like to get involved and have an idea, see the Heritage Councils website for more information: