Heritage stakeholders en innovative education: Two new reports published by CHARTER Alliance

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The European Cultural Heritage Skills Alliance CHARTER, has released two new reports, as part of Work Packages (WP) 3 and 4. The report “Benchmarking analysis of innovative/emerging curricula” focuses on vocational education and training. The report by WP 4 revolves around the question “Who is not a stakeholder in cultural heritage?”, delving into sector-integrated dynamics.

Innovative education

The WP3 report aims to highlight curricula leading to creative professions and/or established in emerging contexts and analyse what makes curricula innovative and/or emerging, attempting to identify those elements which constitute innovation in cultural heritage education and/or which can be used to describe curricula in emerging cultural heritage contexts. It presents the analysis of a comprehensive set of quantitative and qualitative indicators, providing specific findings to determine what characterises innovative/emerging curricula.

The report is the result of conducting an internal survey among CHARTER consortium members and literature review on papers that contribute to the study of innovative or emerging curricula for the CH sector, including sources such as Voices of Culture (VoC) report, publications by the UK innovation agency NESTA, and from relevant OECD, UNESCO and EU publications linked to the creative industries.

Heritage Stakeholders

The WP 4 report presents a thorough analysis and mapping of the roles and dynamics of cultural heritage actors and their interests and influence on education and training systems. This new result is the product of internal and external consultation, using surveys, in-depth interviews, policy and research review, and the contribution of data and information collected in CHARTER’s regional workshops.

The report follows the understanding of “cultural heritage” and “stakeholder” presented by the European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21 st Century (ST21), where the need for a definition of the roles of everyone involved in heritage is established. To this end, WP4 has conducted an extensive mapping of stakeholders at internal and external level through an online survey at European level (1.085 responses from 30 countries), internal surveys for project’s partners, review of policy and research background and documentation of the CHARTER’s regional workshops and in-depth interviews.

CHARTER has already shared its own take on the cultural heritage sector presenting it as an ecosystem encompassing six functions: Management, Research & Development/Education, Governance & Policy Making, Preservation & Safeguarding, Engagement & Use, and Recognition. This new report enters the ecosystem to explore the interaction and agency of stakeholders and corroborative functions, with the challenges and drivers that have an impact on the ecosystem at large.