The Best in Heritage is an annual conference on which award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects present their success stories. Representatives of over forty laureates elaborate on their achievements, which have been recognised by professional juries over the past year for their outstanding quality. Aim of the conference is to promote these exceptional projects which demonstrate innovation and excellence concerning the care and communication of heritage.
a different conference
We collect information on all awarded projects from the past year and make it available on this website. From the list The Best in Heritage Advisory board makes a selection of projects to be invited to take part in the event. The aim is to have a diverse and interesting programme offering an insight into innovative practices, successful management approaches, extraordinary professionalism and into present day trends and tendencies.
The conference was started in 2002 by European Heritage Association from Zagreb, which still supports the event.
We are the rare platform where all sides of the heritage community, be them official, civil society or private, - meet.
We have THE archive when it comes to best practices
With the material we publish periodically, we are a year-round conference
We offer accumulation of referential and teaching material
For all those who like to advance or check their achievements, our conference is a great bench-marking tool.
Why the event?
The widening profession needs quality information and benchmarking occasions; there are, annually more than three hundred awarded, new or renewed institutions world-wide and a great number of exceptional projects, some hardly known to the international professional public. All of them deserve further professional and public attention. Besides, we live in an increasingly competitive world where standards of excellence, i.e. expectations, be it from public or other stakeholders, are rising steadily.
We urge presenters to make the best use of the technique and the place to convey their achievements. To stimulate them, the professional audience votes to choose the Project of Influence of the year, by its presentation, innovative achievements and its capacity of inspiration. There are two winners - one from the IMAGINES event, and one from the core programme.
Project of Influence Award trophies
For list of winners click here
We used to announce the conference with a poster exhibition of projects to be presented. It has been a way to share professional information with culturally motivated visitors of Dubrovnik. The exhibition was occasionally taken over by other interested parties. All posters have had QR codes leading to the conference web-page with articles and images of featured laureates. Those web pages contain contact information, website and social media hyperlinks. While still only digital, we intend to keep the exhibition as additional content for the participating institutions,- available at request in a printable version.