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Companion to European Heritage Revivals

  • Puts audience experiences up front in making concepts for new heritage revivals

  • Offers a new overview and insights on international heritage routes

  • Includes new international scope of concepts, heritage routes and examples

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages 1-8
  2. The Context: Heritage Practices in Today’s Europe

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 9-9
    2. Experiencing the Past

      • Linde Egberts
      Pages 11-30Open Access
    3. Creating a Shared Past?

      • Linde Egberts
      Pages 31-51Open Access
    4. Battlefield of Histories

      • Linde Egberts
      Pages 53-70Open Access
  3. Revival Tools

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 71-71
    2. Strategies for a Heritage Revival in the Digital Age

      • Jasper Visser
      Pages 73-93Open Access
    3. Using Games to Mediate History

      • Connie Veugen
      Pages 95-111Open Access
    4. “This is Clearly Bullshit”

      • Mijke Pol
      Pages 113-130Open Access
    5. Lost Cities, Exotic Travel and Digging up the World

      • Nina Schücker, Jan van Helt
      Pages 131-149Open Access
    6. When the Past Comes to Life

      • Peter Van der Plaetsen
      Pages 151-167Open Access
    7. Visualisation of Place and Landscape

      • Joske Houtkamp, Arnoud de Boer, Henk Kramer
      Pages 169-188Open Access
    8. From Preservation to Managing Change

      • Felix van Veldhoven
      Pages 189-205Open Access
    9. ‘Europe is a Journey’

      • Minke Walda
      Pages 207-268Open Access
  4. Concepts

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 269-269
    2. Conceptual Fuel for Reviving the Past

      • Linde Egberts
      Pages 271-290Open Access
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 293-344

About this book

Are you organising an international heritage project? Turning a so-called 'heritage revival' into a meaningful experience for the general public can be a challenge to historians, archaeologists, museum conservators and tourism professionals alike. This Companion to European Heritage Revivals offers inspiration and new ideas to those who want to engage a large, international audience in activities which bring the past to life. It offers a critical examination of the field’s basic concepts and discusses a vast array of 'heritage revival tools', including games, historical re-enactments, 3D-visualisations, films, television documentaries, spatial designs and most importantly, international heritage routes. Through many case studies, this book demonstrates how various aspects of heritage can be effectively presented by linking historical places and landscapes in a single revival to create a multifaceted but coherent whole. Above all, it shows the exceptional success achieved by projects which consistently focus on creating meaningful experiences together with individual users.


  • Cultural Heritage Routes
  • Heritage Experience
  • Heritage Strategies
  • Liberation Route Arnhem Nijmegen
  • Region Identity Battle Field
  • Routes des Vins d'Alsace

Editors and Affiliations

  • CLUE research institute, VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Linde Egberts, Koos Bosma

About the editors

Professor Dr. Koos Bosma is VU University Amsterdam, chair Architectural History and Heritage Studies and advisor of CLUE. He researched 20th century architecture and city planning, like the planning and design of the Dutch Ijsselmeerpolders and the reconstruction of the Netherlands and Europe after World War II. He mainly publishes on housing, city planning and infrastructural management, such as the Channel Tunnel, the High Speed Trains-programs in Europe and the large European airfields, theory of architecture and urban history. More recently he started studying heritage topics like the Atlantic Wall and Cold War relics.

Linde Egberts MA has a background in heritage studies and works as a researcher on projects a publications regarding European and regional heritage, identities and memories. Parallel to the development of this Companion she is preparing a dissertation at CLUE research Institute of the VU University Amsterdam. She also works on the development of a new research master programme on international heritage studies in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam.

Bibliographic Information

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