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Report of the 9th EMH-Congress "CHARTING COURSES"
10-4-2017

Errenteria/Pasaia, Basque Country in Spain, 22-24 September 2016. The 9th EMH-Congress was a very lively and inspiring congress, and so is the report of this congress. It is not as usual written down in a booklet, but it is a digital report. The report contains links to all the presentations and pitches of maritime projects that came by during the congress, placed on the map of Europe. The links give access to further information about the projects.

The main theme of the congress was about the development in the approach of heritage in general and maritime heritage in particular. The keynote speaker, Eva Stegmeijer from the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, showed that there are three main approaches, which complement each other: the Sector-, the Factor- and the Vector-approach. Firstly, there was the Sector-approach, targeting on protection and collectioning. Then the Factor-approach developed, which uses heritage to revitalize and reuse spatial plans. Lately, heritage and also maritime heritage is seen more and more as a Vector, as a barer of stories and significance. Maritime heritage is not only something we want to value and safeguard, but also a valuable occasion to create new values. Heritage is not only about the fear of losing, but also about the joy of gaining value.

A perfect example of the Vector-approach was the amazing project of the building of the San Juan Whaleship in Pasaia, Spain, the host of the congress. This boatbuilding project is not only about discovering the history of whalehunting and working together at boatbuilding and sailing, but also about community building and raising awareness and pride of valuable skills. The report of the EMH-congress “Charting Courses” shows exciting examples of creating value with maritime heritage.

Read the whole report.