the event

overview

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

The Best in Heritage is taking place in Dubrovnik every year at the end of September ...
... in the charming ambience of neo-baroque Theatre "Marin Držić" and surrounding venues....
... featuring 42 handpicked laureates from all over the world ...
... accompanied by rich cultural and social programmes provided by the host ...
... which all make this conference an unique opportunity to meet the best amongst us.

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 a hundred awarded, new or renewed institutions world-wide and a great number of exceptional projects 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 our 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, and both are invited to take part at Exponatec Cologne, a biannual international trade fair for museums & heritage, to present their achievements to even larger audience.

Project of Influence Award trophies

For list of winners click here

testimonials

So far more than 2 000 participants joined the conference.
Here is what some of them had to say about the event:
 

Michael Cirigliano II

"The Best in Heritage conference is three days of non-stop inspiration. From a binaural audio experience in central London to a community-building, anti-gentrification campaign in Hong Kong, each project showed a consummate dedication to preserving our cultural heritage. The fact that it also takes place within the walled city of Dubrovnik, with its Renaissance architecture and Adriatic breezes, makes this not just a conference, but an experience."

Kate Harland

"It was wonderful for Lion Salt Works to be part of the international stage of Best in Heritage and to share its experiences of the restoration and how the public now engage with their own heritage: museums staff are the facilitators! It is so reassuring to hear of projects, large and small, which have such an impact on communities. Personally, I found it a 'breath of fresh air' to  meet the other participants from across the world who speak the same heritage language." 

Corey Timpson

"I've had the privilege of being at Best in Heritage for the past 2 years and it has quickly come to feel like a solid tradition that I end the summer immersed in a rich 3 days of global culture and heritage, setting me up inspired and aware for the coming months.  I'm often telling people in my network how rich a conference it is. I like the single-track, intimate nature, and practically informed (all award winners vs theoretical papers) aspects of the conference. "

Emmajane Avery

“The Best in Heritage conference is a great opportunity to meet other like-minded people and to see an important snapshot of museum practice in the world today. It was both an education and extremely enjoyable to be part of the conference in 2015.”

Christian G. Carron

"I presented from one particular perspective on arts and education in museums. But through the course of the conference I was able to expand my horizons, learning from colleagues and comparing my approach with so many others from the very best museums, libraries, and historical sites across the globe. The Best in Heritage is a cross-cultural celebration of the preservation and presentation goals we all share."

Andrew Ellis

"The idea of bringing together such a large number of award-winning projects to present at one conference is great.  I was impressed by the quality of the presentations and the variety of projects, and particularly liked the fact that they hailed from all over the world."  

Hélene Bernier

"Culture is about special people, special moments, and special places. The Best in Heritage conference in Dubrovnik has them all. The city itself is truly a parenthesis out of time. The 19th-century ambiance of the Marin Drćić Theater is a surreal treasure box for the most modern and innovative ideas presented by speakers from all over the world. An outstanding organization, a must-see, must-hear, and must-live experience."

Vinod Kumar

"This fantastic event is organised and managed in the most efficient and professional manner. In addition to enabling me to share our UNESCO award-winning temple restoration project experience from India, it gave me plenty opportunities to learn, interact with others and to see how the best practices work in other parts of the world. The beautiful heritage town of Dubrovnik is a perfect setting for this conference. "

Trevor White

"The Best in Heritage is a fantastic initiative, bringing together some of the most exciting museum and heritage projects in the world today. Well-organised, good fun and full of important learning for professionals in the field, it's a conference that deserves the excellent reputation that it enjoys."

Dr. Michael A. Mares

"It was a special honor to be selected for, and participate in, the Best in Heritage conference in Dubrovnik. To be included with such outstanding museums from throughout the world and to be able to interact with leading museum professionals who had been responsible for their museum’s remarkable success story was exhilirating. Kudos to the organizers of this marvelous conference."

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conference exhibition

As a part of the programme in Dubrovnik, the conference exhibition is organised and displayed in the Cultural History Museum throughout September. It features posters of projects that are being presented at the conference. The venue is the Rector's Palace, a highly visited location, with approximately 800 international visitors expected per day. Thus we share the conference contents with the motivated visitors to Dubrovnik.


The informational texts are bilingual: in this case English and Croatian. All posters have QR codes leading to the web-page with articles and images of featured laureates. Those pages contain contact information, website and social media hyperlinks. 

The exhibition is available to all interested parties, feel free to write to us.

 
 

conference publications

2018 photo gallery

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Annual, global conference featuring award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects. 

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