The Best in Heritage
The Best in Heritage 8 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. A Mediated Window to the Stockholm Art and Industry Fair of 1897
(Stockholm, SWEDEN )
Charlie Gullström

In 1897, Stockholm hosted a renowned art and industry fair, which, with its 1,5 million visitors over six months, is one of the largest public attractions in Sweden ever. The fairgrounds, located in a park area called Djurgĺrden, constituted a pavilion-city specifically designed for the event.

2. Art Museum of Estonia
(Tallinn, ESTONIA)
Sirje Helme

The Kumu Art Museum, one of the five museums that comprise the Art Museum of Estonia, won the title of the best museum in Europe in 2008. At that time we had already been open for two years. Kumu was the first new museum in the Baltic countries and probably in the whole region of Eastern and Central Europe, which we still call post-socialist.

3. Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
(Pittsburgh, USA )
Jane Werner, director

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh envisioned creating a new kind of "town square" for children and families. This concept drove the development of the new Museum from the creation of its new physical home, to collaborations with other child-focused organizations, to looking beyond the Museum to create a family district for the City of Pittsburgh.

4. Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience
(County Clare, IRELAND)
Katherine Webster, Director

The Cliffs of Moher lie on the west coast of Ireland, running for eight kilometres along the wild Atlantic ocean and rising at their highest point to over 200 metres. Contrary to information published in many guidebooks they are not the tallest cliffs in Europe, nor even on the island of Ireland. But as nearly one million visitors every year will attest, they are one of the most spectacular sights that one can wish to see.

5. Cultural Tourism Development Center “City-Museum”
(Kolomna, RUSSIA)
Natalia Nikitina, Director-General

A small town in the vicinities of Moscow…… friendly people… an old, abandonded park area with shady ponds in the very center of the town… Locality, where a person lives, is significant, “a map” of this territory is always kept in mind, and changes in this map cause changing the person's mind. Such approach makes it important the concept of cultural landscape.

6. Europa Nostra
Philip de Nucheze Geoghegan, Chairman of the Jury of Europa Nostra

Europa Nostra is the Pan European Federation for the Heritage, bringing together over 500 non governmental heritage organisations, representing millions of European citizens. It has a large number, some 1500 individual members, who feel connected to the work of Europa Nostra and who wish to support the federation.

7. Fondation des Clefs de St-Pierre
Guillaume Fatio, chairman of the Clefs de St-Pierre Foundation

Archaeological site of St Peter’s Cathedral, Geneva
Between the beginning of the excavations under the Cathedral in 1976 and the inauguration of the second and final extension of the archaeological site of Saint-Pierre Cathedral, thirty years have passed. Thirty years: in other words, a whole generation, during which our world has changed profoundly.

8. Hunebedcentrum
Hein Klompmaker, Director

The Hunebedcentrum in Borger, Netherland, a countryside-museum about the oldest Dutch monuments, the so called ‘hunebedden’, won the Museum award for the best archaeological museum in 2008. Since 2005 we have built a new Hunebedcentrum for the sum of € 7,1 million. For that amount we realized a new museum, a knowledge centre and a terrain used for experimental archaeology. In 2008 nearly 100.000 visitors came to take a glance at what we have achieved.

9. IMTAL Europe Board of Directors
Mr. Loďc Benot
International Museum Theater Alliance - Europe

You may have already had a talk with a character in costume, coming from the past, while visiting a museum or a castle. You may have thought it was Re-enactment or Living History…or some sort of interesting live event. If it was entertaining but made you think and got you involved, then you are likely to have experienced live interpretation. Live Interpretation has gained recognition in the heritage industry in the US and UK for over 20 years. It uses theatre techniques, focuses on the public and the emotions, and is very effective to transmit knowledge in a friendly way.

10. Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee
(Berlin, GERMANY)
Dr. Martin Faass, Director

Max Liebermann had a summer house built by the lake Wannsee in 1909 that he proudly called his “lakeside castle”. After spending nearly every summer for forty years in Holland, his “artistic home”, he found the necessary peace and quiet and many of the key motifs for his later work at this secluded getaway far from the hustle and bustle of the city.

11. Manx National Heritage
(Isle of Mann, BRITISH ISLES)
Stephen Harrison, Isle of Man Government International Representative for Heritage and Culture former Director

The Isle of Man is a strategically positioned island in the middle of the Irish Sea between England, Ireland and Scotland and with strong historic sea-links north to Norway. The island has remained independent from all these countries but exhibits a fascinating mix of these cultural influences.

12. Museum of History of Catalonia
(Barcelona, SPAIN)
arch. Esteve Mach Bosch

We need to see that the heritage that has come down to us is not an “archaeological object” that “belongs” to the 12th century or the 16th century or even some other period before then, but rather is something real, with a contemporary presence amongst us. And secondly, it is of prime importance for people to experience the closest contact with examples of architectural heritage, and the more personal and more lively that contact is, the better.

13. Svalbard Museum
(Longyearbyen, NORWAY)
Tora Hultgreen

...Svalbard is the region between 74° to 81° north and from 10° to 35 ° east. The archipelagos cover 61 000 square miles. There are few places in the Earth where geology is more visible than Svalbard due to very sparse vegetation. At present the landscape appears as if at the end of the ice age. 60% of the land area is covered with glaciers...

14. The Museum of Communication
Jakob Messerli, Director

The Museum of Communication was founded in 1907 as the Swiss Postal Museum in Berne and became the Swiss PTT Museum by the middle of the 20th century. Today the Museum of Communication is the only museum in Switzerland devoted exclusively to communication and its history, with a focus on man rather than technology.

15. The National Institute for the Protection and Conservation of Monuments and Sites
Dagmar Michoinová

The project establishes new approach and new standards for monument care. It transfers conservation ethics and methodology previously only used in the field of works of art, to the scale of a whole façade and even to that of an urban landscape in which the façade is a highly important element.

16. The Science Museum at the University of Coimbra
(Coimbra, PORTUGAL)
Pedro Casaleiro, member of the Executive Direction Board

Coimbra University holds one of the most important scientific collections in Portugal originating in the University reform of 1772 by the Prime Minister, Marquis of Pombal. The collections, with about 250.000 accessioned objects, acquire added value and relevance when viewed together with the original buildings.

17. Transylvania Trust
Csilla Hegedus, executive director

The international Built Heritage Conservation Training Centre operated at Bánffy Castle Bontida by the Transylvania Trust in partnership with the UK based Institute of Historic Building Conservation has been awarded with the top prize for heritage preservation education, training and awareness raising of the European Union and Europa Nostra.

18. XXI Ephorate of Prehistoric and Clasical Antiquites of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Dr. Marisa Marthari, director

Archaeological site of Skarkos, Ios, Greece - Conservation and presentation of a significant aegean bronze age site and its special environment. The site was located and excavated during the years 1984-1997 by the XXI Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, i.e. the regional service of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture responsible for the Cyclades.