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Report: INNOCASTLE Symposium

“Conservation and innovation at castles, country houses and landed estates”

Thursday 27th of June 2019

Villa Sonsbeek, Tellegenlaan 3, 6814 BT Arnhem

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Since October 2018 the Province of Gelderland is one of the partners in the European project INNOCASTLE: INNOvating policy instruments for preservation, transformation and exploitation of heritage CASTLEs, manors and gardens. The partnership of INNOCASTLE consists of five European partners: the National Institute for Heritage (Romania), Ghent University College (Belgium), the Province of Badajoz (Spain), the National Trust (United Kingdom) and the Province of Gelderland (The Netherlands). In Gelderland, the province works together with heritage organisation Gelders Genootschap and the Technical University of Delft. Cooperation with estate owners and governments is essential.

The main objective is to explore, discuss and improve: the role of government agencies in the processes of maintaining, developing and improving historic country houses, castles and landed estates in the province of Gelderland. Can we work with a spatial approach? What opportunities do we see in regional cooperation? The input of governments, (private) landowners and experts is vital. On this international symposium the European Innocastle partners were present.

Through active workshops we have explored present-day challenges such as sustainability and climate adaptation, spatial fragmentation and multiple-ownership of estates or heritage tourism and spatial quality. With contributions by Province of Gelderland, Technical University of Delft, heritage agency Gelders Genootschap, the National Trust, and a large number of stakeholders from Gelderland, including the Gelderland Trust, Middachten castle & estate, Gelders Arcadia, Country House Cooperation Bronckhorst, and many more! The symposium was chaired by Jeanine Perryck, the Gelderland Trust.