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FoCu Newsletter No 1, June 2013

Special profiled institutions support the

project results

Austrian State Archives

War Archive



Dr. Christoph Tepperberg


With about 180.000 boxes of files and 60.000 books on 50 kilometres of shelves, the Vienna War

Archive ("Kriegsarchiv") may indeed legitimately claim to be the biggest military archive in Cen-

tral Europe. The most important department consists of collections, in particular the collection of

maps and plans, pictures, manuscripts and very significant legacies of military writings.

Contribution to the project Forte Cultura

The Austrian State Archive is an excellent partner for studying the fortress history, the architec-

ture and the technologies of fortress construction. Such information is the basis for reconstruc-

tion, restoration and monument protection concepts. A trans-national exchange of experiences

will be organised under the steering of the Austrian State Archive and an Initiative Conference

will be held to join the European Heritage Label aimed at protecting the category.

TIAW Thuringian Institute for

Advanced Studies and Educa-

tion reg.ass.



Mrs Dr. Kati Langer, Chairwoman


The TIAW is a recognized Institute for Advanced Studies, with projects in the priority areas of

Labour and Economic Development, Education and Regional Development. Commissioned by

the city of Erfurt, the Institute realised many projects to revitalise, use and restore the Citadel

Petersberg in Erfurt.

Contribution to the project Forte Cultura

TIAW acts as a manager in work package 2 and as communication manager. It coordinates the

internal and external communication. Its specific contributions are the development of effective

management organisation for fortresses, the connection of fortress development and city devel-

opment and the integration of the citizens in the fortress utilisation.

Humboldt-University at Berlin,

Department Ecology of the

Utilization of Resources



PD Dr. habil. F. Riesbeck


The scientific department "Ecology of the Utilization of Resources" deals with nature protection

and nature management in historical monuments. A Scientific Consultation Centre advises the

fortress organisations on solving the typical conflict between nature and monument as well as on

revitalisation and sanitation of devastated landscapes and military areas.

Contribution to the project Forte Cultura

Humboldt University in Berlin act as manager in work package 3 (capitalising and market imple-

mentation of fortified heritage) including the coordination of concept development and coopera-

tion to qualify the fortress management, the monument economy and financing. Its specific task

is the development of a Trans-national Information System Fortresses, a universal centralised

database of the fortified heritage in Central Europe.


European Cooperation Centre

of Fortified Heritage reg.ass.



Hartmut Röder, Chairman


The European Cooperation Centre of Fortified Heritage (ECCOFORT) is a non-profit NGO of experts

and institutions to promote the transnational cooperation in the field of fortified cultural heritage.

ECCOFORT initiates and manages cooperation projects, advices fortress organisations in the fields

of utilisation concepts, of development of fortress tourism and of effective fortress marketing.

Contribution to the project Forte Cultura

ECCOFORT is the manager of work package 5: development of the cultural route “Forte Cultura”

as a tourist package to visit fortresses between the Baltic and the Adriatic Sea. It includes the

branding of a new tourist label, the tools for route organisation, the creation of marketing prod-

ucts and websites as well as the set up of a management body. Furthermore ECCOFORT develops

innovative e-marketing platform for the fortified heritage in Central Europe.

Institute for the Protection of

Cultural Heritage of Slovenia

Department of Monument




Mr. Dr Matej Zupancic, Director


The institute was established under the past Cultural Heritage Service with 7 regional offices and a

Conservation Centre with a Restoration Centre, a Research Institute and a Preventive Archaeology

Centre. They perform public services in the area of protection and conservation of immovable cultural

heritage as well as the related movable and intangible heritage.

Contribution to the project Forte Cultura

The Institute acts as manager in work package 6 (Exploitation of traditional knowledge and expertise

for fortified heritage protection), including a deficit analysis in the knowledge of reconstruction, reno-

vation and protection technologies. A new centralised database for best practices in fortress restora-

tion using historical technologies will be created and established in the institute. The project results

should be published in a handbook illustrating typical historical technologies of fortress restoration.