The 19 Summer University of the Institute for Social and European Sciences took place between 22 June and 5 July 2014 at Kőszeg, Hungary. Graham Bell, Director of the Curatorium of the Hungarian Renaissance Foundation was one of the speakers of the course.
In August 2013, a one-year fundraising campaign was launched by the Calvinist Congregation of Abaújvár, Hungary in order to find supporters who help restore the medieval wall paintings of the church.
MRA and SAVE Europe's Heritage are working together to update a report. MRA is seeking help from volunteers who offer their photos of the 16 sites included in the updated report which will be downloadable for free from MRA's website.
HerMan-MonumentWatch conference in Budapest
An international thematic conference with European perspectives entitled ’Introducing and Running Preventive Maintenance Services for Cultural Heritage Buildings’ was organized in Budapest on 13 February 2014. Graham Bell, Director of the Curatorium of the Hungarian Renaissance Foundation held a presentation at the conference entitled ’Preventive Maintenance Services - Different models in Europe’
Future for Religious Heritage (FRH)'s third meeting, a seminar took place in Utrecht, at Museum Catharijneconvent on 4 and 5 november 2013. MRA, as a founding member of FRH was present at the event which aimed at raising awareness of the threats facing Europe's religious movable heritage. The seminar report is already available on our website.
ECOVAST (the European Council for the Small Village and Town) held its annual assembly from 26-29 September 2013 at KOZÁRD, HUNGARY. This is an important forum for anyone interested in this subject. The conference included various site visits including to the World Heritage Site village of Hollókő. MRA also attended the event. Contact ECOVAST directly at http://www.ecovast.org/english/events_e.htm for details.
The Hungarian Renaissance Foundation for built heritage participated at the Venice conference of the FRH - Future for Religious Heritage non-governmental organisation. At the conference, entitled “Extended Use of Religious Heritage Buildings” 86 experts were present from 24 countries. The title of the presentation of MRA and the Forster Gyula National Centre for Cultural Heritage Management was 'Tradition Through Transformation: Practical inspiration to extended use in Hungary'. For more details and contents regarding the conference, click here.
Hungary has participated in European Heritage Days for many years but with increasing pressures on government funding, its future needs support. MRA has supported the programme in the last couple of years. It has produced an analysis to survey a sample of visitors to understand where they had come from, what interested them and why. In 2012, MRA entered into a co-operation agreement with the National Office of Cultural Heritage in the framework of which agreement, MRA has contributed to the development of the event's marketing strategy. In 2013, MRA was the Administrator of the Facebook page of Kulturális Örökség Napjai.
MRA is keen to hear from individuals or organisations willing to help MRA restore this former synagogue for re-use as a cultural and educational facility. See Places of Worship for more information. If you can help, please contact us.
Places of Worship
Hungary has a rich and diverse heritage of worship – not just Christian, but of many faiths and of many ages. Yet there is no national guide to the places of worship in Hungary, including those at risk having become redundant. MRA wishes to produce this guide to support this important part of Hungary’s cultural heritage, but we need volunteers to undertake this national survey. If you can help, see Places of Worship for more information.
MRA needs financial support to achieve its aims. If you share our aims, please use the 1% tax scheme to give to MRA. Details are in Contact Us. Let us know if you wish to support specific projects, activities or geographical areas. If you would like to help in a practical way, which could include research from home or your library, or helping at events or in other ways, please contact us.