For the past four years, Eutropian has been a partner in the Horizon 2020 project OpenHeritage. The project is finally reaching its conclusion, putting an end to a very fruitful consortium.
The OH project consortium met up one last time in Newcastle, UK to for a final meeting where details of the final reporting as well as the legacy and foresight of the project were discussed in detail.
Even though the project formally ends in 2022, many of the partners continue their initiatives that had grown out of OpenHeritage. Cooperation between consortium members will also continue in current and future projects.
While developing the Observatory Case studies into a feature documentary film, we also continue working on policy aspects of OpenHeritage, advocating for more accessible finance for community-driven adaptive heritage reuse projects.
The first day of the meeting was organised around the heritage regeneration projects of the Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust (TWBPT), a partner of the OpenHeritage consortium.
The second day of the project meeting was dedicated to visiting one of the Collaborative Heritage Labs of the project, located in Sunderland.
Consortium members visited the sites of the Lab which consists of three buildings that were previously unused and put back to both temporary and permanent use under the purview of the OH project.
The aim was to create economically viable and sustainable initiatives serving sociocultural purposes, catering to local communities.
The three buildings repurposed through OpenHeritage host Pop Recs, a café, music and arts venue and community hub.