The European Historic Houses Association is a non-profit organization based in Brussels representing the interests of private owners of historic houses and gardens to the European institutions.
Gathering 24 national associations and representing 50.000 privately-owned heritage houses across Europe, the Association has four main objectives:
- Advocate the positive role of private historic houses under several priority areas (taxation, environment, illicit trafficking of cultural goods, social and economic value) towards EU policy-makers and stakeholders;
- To encourage the protection and renovation of historic houses, parks, gardens and their landscape to enable society as a whole to enjoy their attractions, beauty and history;
- Raise-awareness among the general public on the historical, aesthetic, educational, environmental, economic and social aspects of historic houses and gardens;
- Provide a platform for exchange for its members on topics of shared interest at EU level.
To celebrate the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European Historic Houses Association is organizing two activities:
- The European Private Heritage Week from May 24-27, which saw 642 privately-owned historic houses across 18 countries open their doors and organize special activities http://www.europeanhistorichouses.eu/eych-2018/european-private-heritage-week/;
- The European Heritage Photographer of the Year running until September 30.