The HerMan Project

Moving from conservation to management:
HerMan, acronym of “Management of Cultural Heritage in the
Central Europe Area”, intends to intensify the attractiveness
and the competitiveness of the Central Europe area through a
sustainable use of the cultural heritage.


By working together, the nine cities, regions and knowledge institutions of the HerMan Project aim to use the Central Europe cultural heritage in a sophisticated and sustainable way. They wish to improve its management and its enhancement and to better exploit its economic potential.

Project duration: July 2012 – December 2014
Total budget: 1.877.245 EUR
Contribution of the European Regional Development Fund in the frame of the Central Europe Programme: 1.516.440,95 EUR


To reach the principal goal of improving the management and the valorisation of their cultural heritage, the project partners have defined three different objectives:

  • To jointly develop and test management strategies, models, procedures and financial schemes.
  • To identify, adapt and create innovative services and functions for underexploited cultural heritage assets. These tools will aim to promote their protection and promotion.
  • To strengthen management capacities of partner organisations.


HerMan combines five work packages matching five specific topics:

Work Package 1 concerns the management of the project. The Lead Partner is responsible for the oversight of all the activities undertaken within HerMan. More specifically, it deals with the start-up, the project coordination, but also with the monitoring and the financial management.

Work Package 2 takes charge of the external communication of the project. It ensures a wide promotion of the progress and results of HerMan, through a range of communication tools.

Work Package 3 focuses on elaboration of Cultural Heritage Management Models.

Work Package 4 intends to create innovative services to promote cultural heritage assets.

Work Packages 3 and 4 are structured according to different phases:

  • Setting-up of a framework through stakeholder platforms
  • Analysis of the current situation, followed by an evaluation
  • Development of a concept in response to the previous phase
  • Test of the concept
  • Feedbacks and conclusions resulting in transnational outputs
    (handbooks, toolboxes, recommendations, etc.)

Work Package 5 concerns the management capacities of the partners’ staff. Cultural management courses and Staff exchanges are organized within the fifth work package.

Expected Results

Joining the HerMan Project will allow the partners to find solutions concerning a sustainable management of their cultural heritage. All the conclusions of the project will tend to look for a balance between the conservation of the heritage and the development of the area to which this heritage belongs.
In a more practical way, the expected results of HerMan are transnational tangible outputs, such as handbooks, toolboxes and recommendations. The outcomes of HerMan will be adapted to the territory, and by extension to the country, of the different Project Partners. Nevertheless, the partners hope that the HerMan’s conclusions will find an echo on other European cities and regions as well as in the whole Europe.


The HerMan Project is a part of the Central Europe Programme, which partly funds it with the European Regional Development Fund.

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More Information

If you want to know more about the Herman Project, you can read up everything on our initial brochure:

Initial Brochure