For Europe to be sustainable and prosper, its peoples need to feel they belong to something greater than their own nation state. Beyond the economic and political reasons for the existance of a European Union, we need to be ready for the challenges that globalisation poses to the sustainability of our cultural diversity

The topic of whether a common ‘European identity’ is an utopia or an attainable goal has been debated heatedly during the last decade. Despite the conflicts and differences that may divide nations, people seem to recognise that there is a common value that unites European nations: its culture and heritage. Understanding how we influenced each other in the past – for good and bad – helps us to connect to our roots, appreciate and protect our ‘cultural sustainability’, i.e. maintaining a sense of place and identity. However, exploring our common European history and tradition doesn’t make us into conformists – the idea is that we retain our cultural differences and integrity – but it allows us to discover links in our past that might help us look towards positive ways of working closer together in the future.

EVEHD ‘Engaging Volunteers In European Heritage Discovery’ is a project supported by the European Union through their Culture 2007-2013 programme. Led by Grampus Heritage in the United Kingdom, six countries came together to get volunteers involved in heritage discovery. Bildungshaus Heideland from Germany, Satul Verde Association from Romania, Ipel Eko and Lišov Museum from Slovakia, Pamukkale University from Turkey and Náttúrustofa Vestfjarða (NAVE) from Iceland focused on some historical links between the countries in the past. Here are six little stories to illustrate the point... Read more:

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