Attract and Connect Population decline and the heritage in Europe

This publication shows European examples of how heritage can have a positive impact on  areas of decline.

Heritage opportunities for areas of decline

This book shows the relationship between population decline and heritage and identifies the opportunities that heritage can offer for areas in decline. Countries such as Germany, France and England have been struggling longer than the Netherlands. This process is almost always associated with the loss of major industries or mining activities, or with rural migration as agricultural workers become redundant. This history is reflected in the nature of the heritage that falls vacant, much of which is industrial complexes and the workers’ housing that goes with them, or empty village and rural homes and village amenities like shops, post offices and schools.

This publication is also availiable in Dutch.


Editor: Peter Paul Witsen
Authors: Annemarie de Graaf, Gert-Jan Hospers, Mélanie Péro, Hans Renes, Eva Stegmeijer, Frank Strolenberg
ISBN: 9789057992285
Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, 2014