As we move into December, we can start to reflect on the range and diversity of events that have taken place throughout the UK as part of 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. With almost 600 events signposted through the website, people have had a chance to participate in a wide range of cultural experiences from archaeology to workshops.
Events have involved collaboration with over 100 organisations ranging from small community groups to local authorities and national bodies, and events have taken place in over 200 locations. Some events have been long term – such as the celebration of the 18th century landscape gardener Humphrey Repton; the exhibition “Linenopolis” – exploring the heritage of the linen industry in and around Belfast; or the Frontiers of the Roman Empire Exhibition at Vindolanda; series of lectures on a range of topics at Europe House; others have been one off events lasting no more than a few hours – such as musical recitals, theatre productions, walks and talks, discussion forums and lectures, alongside weekend festivals and week long celebrations of diverse cultural themes. Participating organisations and venues have included education establishments, museums, castles, country houses, churches, libraries, government buildings, open spaces, art galleries, community centres and theatres. It is estimated that over 1 million people will have participated in these activities during the year and enhanced their understanding and enjoyment of cultural heritage in its widest form, learning from each other and passing on that knowledge to future generations.