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We are delighted to be part of Innocastle, under the EU’s Interreg Europe programme

This page brings together recent posts about the project alongside other relevant documentation

At European level, many castles and manors have difficulties in maintaining or adapting themselves for the future . Innocastle aims to improve policy instruments governing this specific type of heritage in partner regions, through stimulating the exchange of know-how between the five project partners, including INTO/the National Trust.

Visiteering – a mix of visiting and volunteering
Building engagement at heritage sites through visiteering Our Innocastle partners identified two specific practices they wanted to share from their
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Programming for heritage
Everything speaks: Increasing visibility of heritage sites through cultural programming Our Innocastle partners identified two specific practices they wanted to
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Open arms, doors and gates (Weekly blog, 15 September 2019)
A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General Open Days Last week saw the beginning of this year’s Heritage Open Days in
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Sonsbeek Symposium (Weekly blog, 30 June 2019)
A blog by Catherine Leonard, INTO Secretary-General Sonsbeek sitting rooms* On the second day in Gelderland, we joined a symposium
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INTO Castles? (Innocastle study visit to Gelderland)
  This week, 25-28 June 2019, we are in Gelderland on a study visit for the Innocastle project.   The programme
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The idea of European unity (Weekly blog, 2 June 2019)
A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General National Identity and the idea of European unity Last week, we invited experts to
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European co-operation continues in Wales
European heritage collaboration for inspiration and to improve heritage policies Last week, a group of policy makers and heritage experts
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Getting into Innocastle (Weekly Blog, 12 May 2019)
A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General This week has definitely been focussed on Innocastle.    It was another short week,
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Innocastle Update (Newsletter, March 2019)
Here is the latest news from our EU-funded Innocastle Project (click the picture below to open pdf document). The subjects
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Eurostar-dom (Weekly blog, 10 February 2019)
A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General Eurostar – direct connection to Europe I’d forgotten how much I love the Eurostar.
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INTO Europe: Learning and sharing workshop (5 November 2018)
European collaboration was focus of INTO’s first ever round table discussion in London on 5 November.  INTO members, volunteers and
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Official launch of Innocastle and the first study visit in Romania
Tuesday, 9 October 2018 Innocastle, an ambitious new European project dedicated to castles, manors and estates was launched last week,
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When in Romania … (Weekly blog, 7 October 2018)
A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General This week, I have been in Romania with our Innocastle partners.   This was the
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Kicking off INNOCASTLE (Weekly blog, 5 August 2018)
A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General This week, we have been looking more closely at the INNOCASTLE activity schedule.  INTO/National
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A new funding partnership (Weekly blog, 18 March 2018)
A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General Funding approved! This week, we heard that our funding application to the Interreg Europe programme
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A possible new project for INTO (Weekly blog, 4 June 2017)
A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General On Monday, I spent a hot Bank Holiday in Brussels meeting partners in a
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What is Innocastle?

It’s about innovating policy instruments for preservation, transformation and exploitation of heritage castles, manors and estates. European historic castles, manors and estates have the potential to become local catalysts for regional development and innovation. Innocastle prepares them for the future by stimulating resilient policies for conservation, transformation and exploitation. The consortium of partners is composed of: National Institute of Heritage in Romania (lead partner), University College Ghent in Belgium, Province of Gelderland in the Netherlands, Regional Government of Extremadura in Spain and the National Trust in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (knowledge partner, through INTO). The project is financed by Interreg Europe, with a total budget of €1,120,335.00 (85% ERDF, 15% co-financing).


Find out more about Innocastle on the Interreg webpage

Places That Make Us (This National Trust study, a first of its kind, found places of meaning generate a significant response in areas of the brain associated with positive emotions and proves places can enhance well-being.)

Heritage, Health and Well-being (The National Trust looks after heritage for people, not just for their enjoyment, but for their health more broadly. This is a literature review of heritage, health and well-being).

Isolation and loneliness – opening up new stories and interpretive experiences at Calke Abbey (National Trust case study)

Conservation Principles (The National Trust bases its conservation work around six main principles:
Integrating the conservation of natural and cultural heritage; Working with change, adapting and mitigating; Access and engagement that benefits society; Developing skills and experience with others; Recording decisions and sharing knowledge; Understanding values, significance and spirit of place.

Heritage Counts for Europe  (A Europa Nostra report demonstrating the multiple benefits of heritage for Europe’s economy, society, culture and the environment, and presents policy recommendations on how to tap into heritage’s full potential)

Heritage Counts 2019 (Latest report from Historic England on the important part heritage plays in the English economy)

World Cities Culture Report 2018 (How culture is driving world cities regeneration)

Culture and Local Development: Maximising the Impact (OECD/ICOM Guide for local governments, communities and museums)

From Start Up to Sustainability: An INTO Handbook for Heritage Trusts

State of Global Heritage Report (An INTO report highlighting the threats to our shared global heritage.)

We will add more documents soon – in the meantime, why not check out our Knowledge Base.



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