2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage

The European Commission has designated 2018 as a Year of Cultural Heritage.

It aims to encourage people to explore the rich and diverse cultural heritage across Europe, by celebrating, understanding and protecting its unique value and reflect on the place that cultural heritage occupies in all our lives.

How to get Involved?

Across the EU, the year is being co-ordinated by bodies on a national level. The North of England Civic Trust is the national co-ordinator for the UK.

Information on how to get involved, including how to use the EYCH brand and seeing what is happening throughout the UK can be found at  www.european-heritage.co.uk/


North of England Civic Trust
The Schoolhouse
12 Trinity Chare                             
Newcastle upon Tyne                     
NE1 3DF 

T:  0191 232 9279
E:  2018eychuk@gmail.com

* In the Republic of Ireland, the European Year of Cultural Heritage is being coordinated nationally by The Heritage Council. For further information, please visit www.eych2018.com.

What is happening in Northern Ireland?

In Northern Ireland, the Historic Environment Division, Tourism Northern Ireland, and the Heritage Lottery Fund are working together to leverage opportunities presented by this initiative. The year presents the Northern Ireland Culture and Heritage Sector with the opportunity to:

  • Galvanise  – Unlocking the heritage potential through enlivening the visitor offer, reinvigorating interpretation and storytelling, animating sites, creating new products, events, partnerships and ways of working.
  • Use 2018 as laboratory – To learn new insights and apply these to the heritage sector
  • Use 2018 to enhance marketing content and strategies going forward – that will promote and celebrate Northern Ireland’s rich heritage.

Activity is being planned for 2018 in Northern Ireland by a range of bodies – Events will be posted on this website and on Discover Northern Ireland.  

In addition to the programme of planned events, HED, TNI and HLF will be collaborating to pull together a programme of initiatives aimed at capacity building across the sector and building for the future - to raise the profile of Northern Ireland as a cultural heritage destination nationally and internationally.

The first initiative involves Tourism Northern Ireland, Historic Environment Division and the Heritage Lottery Fund coming together to fund an open call scheme, through HLF’s existing “Our Heritage” grant programme.


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