The Best in Heritage
The Best in Heritage 7 Interactive edition DVD

The Best in Heritage

DVD brings 18 presentations of the world's best museums and heritage projects. Project presentations are video recorded in full length.

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. Introductory lecture by Massimo Negri
Dr. Massimo Negri, director
- The European Museum Forum: what we are and what we are doing

EMF is a transnational European non-profit organisation registered in the UK as a Charity, now in its 31st year, which researches and documents the developments of new museums (or the substantial renovation of existing institutions) in the geographical and political area of those countries party to the European Cultural Convention of the Council of Europe.

2. The German Emigration Center Bremerhaven (Bremerhaven, Germany)
2007 European Museum of the Year Award
Dr. Simone Eick, director
- The German Emigration Center Bremerhaven

Bremerhaven was a port of emigration, a town of farewells from 1830 to 1974. «Leb wohl! «, «Do zobaczenia! «, «Zei gezunt! « - words of farewell spoken by thousands of German, Polish, or Jewish emigrants, words full of hope, fear and tears. Over seven million people from Germany and Eastern Europe went via Bremerhaven to the New World, among them Else Arnecke.

3. Pallant House Gallery (Chichester, United Kingdom)
2007 Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year
Frances Guy, head of Curatorial Services associate of the Museums Association
- A Jewel of a Gallery: The making of Pallant House Gallery

Pallant House Gallery in Chichester reopened to the public on 1 July 2006 following a Ł8.6 million building and refurbishment project. In May 2007 it was awarded the Gulbenkian Prize for Museums and Galleries and the accolade of Museum of the Year, and 14 other awards have been given to the Gallery since its reopening.

4. International Museum of the Reformation (Geneva, Switzerland)
2007 The Council of Europe Award
Dr. Isabelle Graesslé, director
- The International Museum of the Reformation: a forum for free speech

You have to imagine a mountain of old books, smelling quite musty, preferably in Latin! You have to imagine manuscripts nobody can decipher but which have lately become quite precious since they are now in the "top ten" of the Christie's and Sotheby's selling's ! You have to imagine portraits of waxen characters, drawn by unknown painters, edifying engravings or polemical if not nasty! You have to imagine a minimum of objects sad as never, with no women, no bright colors, no cherubs…

5. KA.BA Conservation of Historic Buildings and Architecture Ltd (Ankara, Turkey)
2006 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Top Prize for Architectural Heritage
Cengiz Kabaoglu, conservation Architect - Project Manager
- Sarica Church Project in Urgup - Mustafapasa / Sinasos

Sarica Church Conservation and Restoration Project involves the conservation and restoration of a Byzantine church located in Cappadocia, Turkey. Initiated by the aspirations of a private firm, the project successfully enabled the revitalization of the dilapidated church and provided its accessibility to visitors. Within the unique geographical setting of Cappadocia, Sarica Church stands out as one of the properly restored and revitalized churches in the region.

6. Mourne Heritage Trust (Northern Ireland, UK)
2006 EU Diploma for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Diploma for Cultural Landscapes
Harriet Devlin, MA(Cantab), AMA, PGCE, IHBC, DipCons(RSUA)
- Mourne Homesteads - Mourne Heritage Trust

The Mourne Heritage Trust in Northern Ireland, was established in 1997 to manage the Mourne and Slieve Croob Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) .The Trust is an independent body and a charity with a mission statement: To sustain and enhance the environment, rural regeneration, cultural heritage and visitor opportunities of the Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and contribute to the well-being of Mourne's communities.

7. Biskupin Archaeological Museum (Gąsowa, Poland)
2006 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Medal for Archaeological Sites
Wieslaw Zajaczkowski, director
- Biskupin Archaeological Museum

The Museum awarded for the development of a sustainable system for the conservation of waterlogged timber, and for the interpretation and presentation of one of the most important archaeological sites and open air museums in Central Europe.

8. Stift Klosterneuburg (Klosterneuburg, Austria)
2006 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Diploma for Architectural Heritage
Mag. Natascha Müllauer
- The Abbey of Klosterneuburg

The origins of Klosterneuburg Abbey situated about 10 km outside of Vienna, reach back to St. Leopold (Leopold III, Margrave of Austria, a Babenberger and the patron saint of Austria)
He and his wife Agnes founded Klosterneuburg Abbey in 1114. It became a house of Augustinian Canons in 1133 and still is up to this day.

9. Triglavski narodni park (Bled, Slovenia)
2006 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Diploma for Architectural Heritage
Tina Markun, public relations officer
- Triglav National Park - The Pocar Farmhouse

The Triglav National Park (TNP) is the only Slovenian national park. The park was named after Triglav, the highest mountain in the heart of the park, which is also the highest summit in Slovenia (2864 m). The mountain is a true national symbol and is featured on the national coat of arms and the flag. The Triglav National Park extends along the Italian border and close to the Austrian border in the north-west of Slovenia, that is, in the south-eastern section of the Alps. Its territory is nearly identical with that occupied by the Eastern Julian Alps.

10. The Workshops Rail Museum / Queensland Museum (North Ipswich, Australia)
2007 Australian Tourism Award for Heritage and Cultural Tourism
Andrew Moritz, director
- The Workshops Rail Museum

The Workshops Rail Museum is the newest campus of the Queensland Museum, Australia’s largest rail museum and winner of the 2007 Australian Tourism Award for Heritage and Cultural Tourism.

11. State Borodino War and History Museum-Reserve (Borodino, Russia)
2007 UNESCO Melina Mercouri International Prize
Alexander V. Gorbunov deputy Director
- Borodino as the instance of cultural potential of battlefields

Battlefields are in many aspects special heritage sites. As a rule, heritage sites are results of the creative and productive human efforts, while battlefields, on the contrary, are produced by man’s destructive activity. Estates, citadels, monuments, architectural sites become attractive for the visitors immediately after their construction, while battlefields do so only decades and centuries later. For majority of the monuments any changes comprise a negative factor, while battlefields need to be transformed to become the sites of the cultural heritage.

12. Museum Centre of Hordaland (Salhus, Norway)
2007 Norwegian Museum of the Year
Atle Ove Martinussen, director
- The Museum Centre of Hordaland

The Museum Centre of Hordaland (former Museum Centre in Salhus) consists of a unique professional environment with an extensive competence within the breadth of the museum field. The Museum Centre is capable of taking the challenges of being an important cultural and social institution that really matters for the society way beyond its own limited institutions. The activities of the museum centre include central fields of the cultural and social history of Norway and especially that of the western part of the country.

13. Royal Museums of Art and History, Cinquantenaire Museum (Brussels, Belgium)
2007 Belgium Museum Awards / Brussels Capital Region
Karin Theunis, head Temporary Exhibitions Service
- Welcoming New and Other Visitors

The Cinquantenaire Museum, situated in the Brussels Cinquantenaire Park, is the main museum of the Royal Museums of Art and History. The building was constructed in the late 19th century on demand of King Leopold II. Visitors of the museum can learn about art and history of mankind from prehistoric times till today. The collections preserved in de museum cover all artistic disciplines with the exception of painting and all five continents with exception of sub-Saharan Africa.

14. National Museums Liverpool (Liverpool, United Kingdom)
2007 Musseums and Heritage Award for Excellence / Temporary - Touring Exhibition
Fiona Philpott, director of Exhibitions
- Eye for Colour. An international touring exhibition

Liverpool is known worldwide as the birthplace of the Beatles, and home to two international football clubs but it also has one of the finest groups of museums in any regional city in the world. National Museums Liverpool (NML) has eight venues and is the only national museum service in England based entirely outside London.

15. Museum the Menkemaborg (Uithuizen, The Netherlands)
2007 BankGiro Loterij Museum Prize
Ida M. Stamhuis, director-curator
- Museum the Menkemaborg

The Menkemaborg in Uithuizen (province of Groningen, the Netherlands) is a beautifully furnished historic house surrounded by canals and gardens. It gives a fine impression of the way of life in a Groningen manor in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In 2007 the Menkemaborg was awarded the BankGiro Loterij Museum Prize.

16. Arheološki muzej Narona (Metkovic)
2007 Croatian National Tourist Board Special Award / Cultural Tourism
Hrvoje Manenica, director
- Archeological Museum Narona

Archeological museum Narona is situated in the village of Vid, some 3 kilometres west from the nearest town of Metkovic. There are 800 inhabitants in Vid.
Antique Narona was mentioned in Greek inscriptions in the 4th century BC for the first time. During this period, Narona was a market-town and a port. When Romans settled the area, it started to develop rapidly. Walls of the town were being rebuilt and the forum with its buildings was built too.

17. National Library of Ireland (Dublin, Ireland)
2006 Interpret Britain and Ireland Award
presented by Aongus Ó hAonghusa, director
- Yeats: the life and work of William Butler Yeats. An exhibition at the National Library of Ireland.

The National Library of Ireland was established by act of parliament in 1877 (Dublin Science and Art Museum Act, 1877). The Library today is one of a number of 'cultural institutions' which operate under the aegis of Ireland's Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism. The Library has evolved as an Irish studies library, which acts as the national documentary repository for books, manuscripts, newspapers periodicals, heraldry, prints, drawings, maps and photographs of Irish origin or interest.

18. Ha Long Ecomuseum - A National Museum of Vietnam
Amareswar Galla convener, Pacific Asia Observatory for Cultural Diversity in Human Development
international Technical Adviser, Ha Long Ecomuseum professor of Museum Studies, the University of Queensland.
- Museums in Sustainable Development

The role of museums as civic spaces for intercultural dialogue and sustainable heritage development has been debated and developed through several local, national and international gatherings. Major meetings of ICOM and the World Commission for Culture and Development, both held in Manila in mid 1990s called for an integrated approach to culture and nature in dealing with movable and immovable, tangible and intangible heritage.

19. - The Best In Heritage Global Heritage Forum - a special session on excellence and innovation

The overall idea of the Global Heritage Forum of The Best in Heritage event is professional excellence and how to achieve it. In this respect, any contribution on innovative quality solutions, done or proposed, is welcome. Producing excellence or conceiving it makes more sense if others know about it. Since ideas and practices can hardly be copyrighted, the only way to protect your authorship is to make them widely known.

20. Dr. Massimo Negri Ms. Alissandra Cummins Mr. Stephen Harrison Profesor Amareswar Galla
- Round table

21. The European Museum Forum Bristol, UK
Massimo Negri, European Museum Forum Director
- Closing discusion