Following the Canada House event in London, we then headed for Slovakia for the first face-to-face meeting of the INTO Board as the guests of the National Trust of Slovakia.
During the Executive Committee Meeting in Bratislava there were a number of opportunities for networking and awareness raising with the Slovak and European heritage communities. The visit culminated on 7 November, with a workshop entitled “The Co-operation of State and NGOs – The National Trust Models in the World,” attended by representatives of Slovak and European heritage organisations and the European Commission.
David Brown of the National Trust for Historic Preservation wrote at the time:
“On the first day of the annual Executive Committee meeting for the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO), more than a dozen representatives from National Trusts around the globe gathered in Bratislava, Slovakia, to focus on our work for the years ahead. INTO was established last December in a burst of celebration at the 12th International Conference of National Trusts in New Delhi, India. Since then we’ve hired part-time staff, engaged two high-level volunteer directors, and established an office in London.
But the hard work lies ahead. We have to take the vision and promise of INTO and translate that into an aspirational yet achievable plan that helps existing National Trusts while encouraging and supporting new organizations in countries without similar non-governmental advocacy groups.”
You can read the rest of David’s Bratislava blog here.