Two Norwegian heritage projects are competing for the European “Oscar’s” within the conservation of cultural heritage. Vote for them and win a trip to Finland in May.

The Norwegian Lighthouse Society was in April awarded the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage in the Europa Nostra Awards in the category of “Dedicated Service”. The restoration of The King’s Road across Filefjell was also awarded the highly-regarded prize in the “Conservation” category.

Now, the projects compete against other European heritage projects to win the grand prize. Until 3 May, you can vote for the projects, and win a trip to the award ceremony in Turku, Finland 11-15 May. You can vote here.

Preserving the coastal heritage

Kjeungskjær Lighthouse in Sør-Trøndelag. Photo: Synnøve Holmen Kalvå
Kjeungskjær Lighthouse in Sør-Trøndelag. Photo: Synnøve Holmen Kalvå

The Prize celebrates and promotes best practices related to heritage conservation, management, research, education and communication.

Between 1974 and 2006, Norway’s over 200 lighthouses were all automated, and the Norwegian Lighthouse Society has since worked to preserve them. Today, no lighthouses are in jeopardy and new forms of protection are being developed through alternative uses.

“This dedicated organization has succeeded in preserving Norway’s lighthouses as Europe’s common maritime cultural heritage. Impressively, they have made the conservation efforts viable in creating small, sustainable enterprises within the lighthouses such as cafes or vacation rentals”, the jury stressed.

Important link between East and West

The King’s Road across Filefjell was built already in 1790, and was an important link between Eastern and Western Norway for travel by horse and cart. The road was later relocated and some sections became overgrown and out of use. In 2009, the Norwegian Public Road Administration started working to re-establish the road for use by hikers.

“Importantly, this is the recovery of an historic route and its forgotten track. The road is not an invention, but the revitalisation of a heritage site which is well connected to the villages and settlements along the Road, which in turn enriches the local economy and motivates the local community to appreciate and care for their heritage”,  the jury emphasized.

The EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards was launched in 2002 by the European Commission and has been organized by Europa Nostra since then. The Prize honors every year up to 30 outstanding heritage achievements from all parts of Europe. Up to seven are selected as Grand Prix laureates and one receives the Public Choice Award, chosen in an online poll. The Prize receives support from the EU Program Creative Europe.