The Best in Heritage
The Best in Heritage 6 Interactive edition DVD

The Best in Heritage

DVD brings 18 new presentations of the World's best museums and heritage projects. Project presentations are video recorded in full length. DVD presents 18 hours of the new material.

Each presentation has a full screen slide show.
Each presentation has summaries in the text format.
Navigation is intuitive and the DVD content is completely interactive.




1. The Royal Museum of Mariemont (Brussels, Belgium)
François Mairesse - Director
- What is the best in Museums?

“The Best in Heritage” program presents a strong selection: only the best museums or heritage institutions, the ones which won a prize in their country and which are supposed to share the characteristics of excellence in their area of expertise.
But what is excellence? What is museum excellence (the same could be said for heritage institutions in general...

2. CosmoCaixa / Fundació “la Caixa” (Barcelona, Spain), 2006 European Museum of the Year Award (EMF)
Hernán Crespo - area of Science and Environment

Fundació “la Caixa” The savings bank Caixa d’Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona, “la Caixa”, is the result of a fusion between Caixa de Pensions, founded in 1904, and Caixa de Barcelona, founded in 1844. Due to its origins and its legal character, it is a not-for-profit, charitable and social financial entity, privately controlled and independent of any company or entity.

3. UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage, (Bangkok, Thailand)
2006 Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation
Dr. Richard Engelhardt - UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific & Dr. Montira Horayangura

UNESCO leads preservation eff orts worldwide in safeguarding the continuity of diverse cultural values represented in both tangible and intangible heritage. The 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (popularly known as the World Heritage Convention) forms the framework for international action in the conservation of immovable tangible cultural heritage, which encompasses built structures, sites and landscapes...

4. Tom Tits Experiment (Södertälje, Sweden)
2006 The Micheletti Award (EMF)
Klas Fresk, leader of science, art and teaching

The idea behind Tom Tits Experiment came to me at a conference 25 years ago. The head of the Ontario Science Center was showing slides where people were having a great time with activities that I recognised as the building-blocks of physics teaching, educational principles such as “conservation of momentum”. It seemed the natural sciences and technology could be both appealing and enjoyable at one and the same time. It’s all about the packaging. Within the framework of the school, these subjects often have a poor reputation...

5. ss Great Britain Trust (Bristol, UK),
2006 Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year
Matthew Tanner, director
- The Conservation and Display of Brunel’s ss Great Britain

Brunel’s ss Great Britain is one of the world’s most signifi cant historic ships (launched in 1843). Th e world’s fi rst screw-propelled, iron-built passenger liner, she revolutionised ship technology and world communications. She was 50% bigger than any previous ship, and she sailed 32 times around the world (c.1.6 million km at sea), and carried many thousands of passengers to America and especially to Australia...

6. Omeriye Ottoman Baths (Nicosia, Cyprus)
2005 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Prize for Architectural Heritage
2005 First Prize in Category I - Conservation Projects; European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards
Athina Papadopoulou, architect Conservator, Nicosia Master Plan

First Prize in Category I – Conservation Projects; European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2005

" For the safeguarding of the authenticity and adaptation to contemporary needs of a distinctive landmark of the walled city of Nicosia and for the sensitive treatment of an Islamic architectural element in a multicultural context"...

7. Juminkeko Foundation (Kuhmo, Finland)
2005 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Medal for Cultural Landscapes
Markku Nieminen, chairman of the Board, writer
- Paanajärvi

The village of Paanajärvi is one of the oldest in Viena; it was inhabited in prehistoric times in fact. In 1886 J.W. Juvelius brought Stone Age objects found in the village to add to the collections in the Finnish National Museum. In Korvenmaa, near the village proper, he also found Lappish cairns and, under Valkehinen, now also known as Valkeakoski, a sauna stove from an ancient fi shing encampment. There are no certain fi nds from the Bronze or Copper Ages, but some historical sources claim that the coast of the White sea was occupied by Karelians as early as the ninth century A. D. Before that time the area was inhabited by Sami (Lapps)...

8. Hat Industry Museum / Museu da Indústria de Chapelaria (Sao Joao da Madeira, Portugal)
Sérgio Lira - University Fernando Pessoa, Porto, Portugal
- The Hat Industry Museum Project

The Hat Industry Museum Project By the end of the nineties, the municipality of S. João da Madeira (a small industrial town in the north of Portugal) decided to undertake the project of creating a museum that would preserve the memory of its industrial activity. The fi rst hat industry documented for S. João da Madeira dates back to 1802. By 1867 there were fi fteen documented hat factories. In the beginning of the 20th century (Amaral, 1967: 134) this industry had become the most important activity of the town...

9. Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms (London, UK)
2006 The Council of Europe Award (EMF)
Phil Reed, director
- The Churchill Museum Project: Presenting an Icon

When the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms were opened to the public under the aegis of the Imperial War Museum in 1984, only one third of the site’s full footprint was made accessible. Nevertheless, this uniquely preserved time capsule of Winston Churchill’s underground wartime shelter and meeting place attracted a growing audience in its next fi fteen years, bringing a regular 300,000 plus visitors per annum from around the globe...

10. International Cultural Center and Museum - IKM (Oslo, Norway)
2006 Norwegian Museum of the Year
Bente Guro Møller, director of IKM; for the time being national coordinator for the Norwegian Government’s Year of Cultural Diversity 2008 - The Heathland Centre

IKM`s ambition is to promote respect and understanding for cultural diversity. We collect, document and communicate knowledge focusing on immigration history and cultural changes in the Norwegian society. IKM aims at presentation of a wide variety of visual art and cultural traditions. We off er an arena for artists and performers, and a meeting place for professionals and citizens concerned with cultural diversity. Many of our exhibitions can be booked for touring. Children and youths are a primary audience...

11. Mr. Udo Goesswald, Chairman of ICOM-Europe, Ms. Bernice Murphy, Chairperson of the Ethics Committee of ICOM, Mrs. Chedlia Annabi, General Secretary of ICOMArabe - Dubrovnik Global Heritage Forum: “Reclaiming Cultural Property”

- a consultative meeting of high representatives of the world’s heritage organizations and a discussion forum
with representatives of the heritage organizations and experts including:
Mr. Udo Goesswald, Chairman of ICOM-Europe
Ms. Bernice Murphy, Chairperson of the Ethics Committee of ICOM
Mrs. Chedlia Annabi, General Secretary of ICOM Arabe...

12. Museum of Natural Sciences (Brussels, Belgium)
2006 Belgium Museum Awards / Brussels Capital Region - Museum Award & Public Award
Wim De Vos, communication Manager
- Implicating the public

The Museum of Natural Sciences hosts the national Belgian zoological, palaeontological, mineralogical and geological collections. It’s the public interface of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, involved in fundamental and applied research in biology, geology, mineralogy, palaeontology and (physical) anthropology...

13. Kew Bridge Steam Museum (Brentford - London, UK)
2006 Museums and Heritage Award for Excellence - Classic Award - B.Sc., C.Eng., F.I.MarEST. Trustee, Kew Bridge Steam Museum
John S. Porter - Supplying water to London by steam

The museum tells the story of London’s water supply using the original steam pumps as the main theme. Few can resist the drama as the 90 inch (2300mm) piston whisks the 42 tonne balance weight nearly 3½ metres upwards, to be followed by a pause, then the slow descent as two cubic metres of water are delivered, another pause, then the cycle beginning again as the weight shoots upwards. All this on an engine still in its original 1846 condition...

14. Fremantle Prison - The Convict Establishment (Fremantle, Western Australia)
2006 Western Australian Tourism Awards - Major Tourist Attractions
Clive Nelthorpe, chairman of the Fremantle Prison Advisory Committee

Anthropologists, archaeologists and historians calculate that Aboriginals have inhabited Australia for over 40,000 years. The survival and strength of Aboriginal Society lay in group dynamics rather than the dynamics of individualism as found in most western cultures. There were no kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers or chieftains in Aboriginal society...

15. University of Art & Design Helsinki
(UIAH), Media Lab (Helsinki, Finland)
2005 UNESCO Nabi Digital Storytelling Competition of Intangible Heritage (1st prize winner)
Dr. Lily Díaz-Kommonen, Professor - Systems of Representation - Voices for The Map of Mexico 1550

Digital reality
Imagine being able to immerse yourself into one of the most valuable documents from the early colonial history of the city of México. Moving the digital replica with your hands, you are able to zoom in very closely. Diminutive pictograms reveal themselves to you whilst myriad sources of information become available. You decide whether to view a historic legend rendered in digital video by a group of young designers, or examine a website created by scholars containing photographs and descriptions of the historic monuments, or even enjoy the real time imagery transmitted via a web cam overlooking the city of Mexico...

16. Museum of Literature "Petofi" (Budapest, Hungary)
2006 AVICOM Fi@mp Silver Multimedi’art for CD/DVD ROM
Consciousness - Attila József (1905–1937) - Ilona H. Bagó, author

In 1954, a Council of Ministers order founded the Museum of Literature Petofi with the aim of collecting and preserving records of Hungarian literature. The name of the Museum presented itself naturally, since the poesy of Sándor Petofi , who died young in the 1848-49 War of independence, symbolises Hungarian poetry to the general reader both within and beyond the borders of the country. With the establishment of the new, national institution, an important consideration was that the Museum should - as the legal successor of the Petofi House, protector of the Petofi legacy - continue and, at the same time, operate on a new basis...

17. The National Museum of Iceland (Reykjavik, Iceland)
2006 Specially Commended / European Museum of the Year (EMF)
Margrét Hallgrímsdóttir, general Director - The National Museum of Iceland

At the National Museum the present meets the past. The Icelandic people ask who they are, where they are going and what they want to represent. What can we learn from past generations? In this we also ask what is the role of any national museum in the world. The National Museum of Iceland displays objects that provide insight into Icelandic cultural history - displays that encourage visitors to dwell on the past, present and future...

18. Imaginary Museum Projects (Amsterdam, Netherland)
- Tjebbe van Tijen - for his own one man company
- Ways to represent multiple truth

Avisual lecture by Tjebbe van Tijen / and the future role of museums
Imaginary Museum Projects,