The European Commission and Europa Nostra announced the winners of the 2016 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage /Europa Nostra Awards. The prize is Europe’s highest honour in the heritage field and is supported by Creative Europe. 28 laureates from 16 countries have been recognised for exemplary achievements in four different categories: conservation projects; research; dedicated service to heritage conservation; and education, training, and awareness raising within Europe’s cultural heritage sector.
“I warmly congratulate the winners and their teams for their exceptional work. Thanks to their talent and commitment, numerous European cultural heritage treasures have been safeguarded and revitalised for the benefit of present and future generations. Their projects raise awareness of cultural heritage as a strategic resource for Europe’s society and economy. Cultural heritage unites people, builds bridges between the past, the present and the future. At the same time, it generates economic growth, promotes sustainable development and fosters social participation and inclusion - which is today more vital than ever. That is why we support this Awards scheme and other heritage projects through our Creative Europe programme and will continue to do so,” stated Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.
On the Little Museum of Dublin, which was chosen in the education, training and awareness raising category, the independent jury commented on its ‘innovative and creative approach to establishing a museum about the people’s history of a city’.