Report on traditional and emerging heritage professions

Panteia, in collaboration with Plato and Ockham IPS, wrote a report on the developments in the cultural heritage sector. This report was requested by DG EAC in the light of the European Expert Network on Culture and Audiovisual. This expert network is coordinated by Panteia, in collaboration with iMinds-SMIT (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). The occasion for this report is the upcoming European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

According to the definition of the Council of Europe, ‘cultural heritage’ consists of the resources inherited from the past in all forms and aspects - tangible, intangible and digital (born digital and digitized), including monuments, sites, landscapes, skills, practices, knowledge and expressions of human creativity, as well as collections conserved and managed by public and private bodies such as museums, libraries and archives. It originates from the interaction between people and places through time and it is constantly evolving.

Cultural heritage is a developing, diverse and complex field. The report outlines the developments that influence the heritage sector such as demographic, political, technological, social, cultural as well as environmental trends. Furthermore it analyses how these trends affect the work of heritage staff. From these explorations and analyses issues are derived that will need to be taken into account, or that need to be solved in order to prepare the heritage sector for future challenges. Related to those issues and based on the literature study and analyses of job vacancies a tentative overview of emerging professions is given. It provides suggestions on how to professionalize the sector in view of the new challenges and adds examples of relevant practices.

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