MRA was founded on the model of North of England Civic Trust, and though the two organisations are completely independent of each other legally and financially, they share the same director and exchange knowledge. This international origin and outlook has influenced all of MRA’s activities. Cultural heritage is best appreciated when compared; Hungary’s cultural identity is all the more distinctive when viewed in the perspective of the European context.
MRA has participated in and continues to seek international partnerships based on cultural heritage. This includes European Union funded exchange programmes but also participation in networks of like-minded organisations. Themes have included citizenship, training in traditional skills, ancestral tourism, cultural heritage management and places of worship. MRA is also keen to promote opportunities for students to experience international opportunities through internships and other links to practitioners and institutions.
Organisations and networks MRA supports include Europa Nostra, UNESCO, ICOMOS, International National Trusts Organisation and Future for Religious Heritage.