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Heritage Care and NGOs in a Changing Society (Elisabeth Seip)


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Fortidsminneforeningen is Europe’s oldest NGO in the field of heritage care, having been in uninterrupted activity since 1844. Within the last few years we have experienced a changing society: Society offers an abundance of activities, the population is no longer homogenous, lifelong commitments are changed for short term memberships, tedious work on boards are shunned in favour of project based activities. At the same time we experience an increased interest in cultural heritage. These challenges must be met, and quickly.

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Heritage Care and NGOs in a Changing Society (Elisabeth Seip)

  1. 1. FORTIDSMINNEFORENINGEN Fortidsminneforeningen The Society for the Preservation of Norwegian Ancient Monuments Founded 1844 The Monuments
  2. 3. Heritage Care and NGOs in a Changing Society <ul><li>Elisabeth Seip </li></ul><ul><li>Mechelen, March 2009 </li></ul>
  3. 5. Norwegian history, the short Mechelen version <ul><li>1030: End of Viking age, a Christian country </li></ul><ul><li>1130-1350: Stave churches </li></ul><ul><li>1349: The Black Death </li></ul><ul><li>1380: Danish rule </li></ul><ul><li>1537: Reformation – Lutheran church </li></ul><ul><li>1814: Grunnloven – the Norwegian Constitution </li></ul><ul><li>1814: Union with Sweden </li></ul><ul><li>1820: The artistic discovery of Norway </li></ul><ul><li>1837: I.C. Dahl publishes stave churches </li></ul><ul><li>1900: Students measuring </li></ul><ul><li>1905: The union with Sweden dissolved </li></ul>
  4. 12. 1897: The first Law for Cultural Heritage
  5. 15. 1912: Riksantikvaren established (The Directorate for Cultural Heriatge)
  6. 19. The 1920-ies: The first listed buildings
  7. 22. NGOs may: Balance government power Contribute in public debate Be innovativ and creative Activate local resources Secure pluralism
  8. 24. NGOs meet: What’s in it for me? Group identity Networks
  9. 25. The current situation: A multitude of activities, less members More local project organisation Less activity connected to national organisations
  10. 31. NGOs must prepare for: Many contributors, great turnover Marketing Stressed co-ordinators
  11. 32. What can be our contribution? NGOs can contribute towards solving public challenges NGOs can be partners – with the authorities NGOs can strengthen social relations
  12. 37. FORTIDSMINNEFORENINGEN Thank you for listening! The Society for the Preservation of Norwegian Ancient Monuments