This year’s topic < aus Stein? > of the Austrian Heritage Days, Tag des Denkmals, puts the fundamental material stone and is imitations into focus. Stone is the primary matter of our planet and has been changed itself countless times, before it got the source material for the cultural development of mankind. It is fundamental to our common cultural heritage in historic buildings as well as in art work. Many products drive from stone, such as bricks, sand, glass, cement and metals. The variety of local stone and is specific qualities influences not only building technics but characterizes the whole range of the cultural landscape. To make aware the wide range of the utilisation of stone in monuments and how the methods of conservation and restoration of stone have developed can be seen in 305 Austrian programme points, from Castles, masonry workshops, guided stone walk ours, fortifications, churches, porcelain museums, cemeteries, historic gardens, the fabulous collection of stones of all countries of the Austrian Hungarian Monarchy made for the world exhibition in 1873 to roman and middle age stone streets.
The third year we contribute within the cooperation between the Bundesdenkmalamt, Federal Office for the Protection of Monuments, and Wikimedia Austria as well as Wikipedia Austria, to the international photo competition Wiki loves Monuments by organizing a national photo competition for the Austrian Heritage Day!
Again we go over the borders and organize joint Heritage events with our neighbours Hungary, Slovenia and Czech Republic.
Find our programme brochures as download on our new designed website
The Tag des Denkmals, the Austrian Heritage Day, is the largest Austrian wide event for the cultural heritage. Responsible for the concept, programme and organisation is the Federal Office for the Protection of Monuments in cooperation with the owners of monuments, whom we want to thank cordially for their enthusiasm and generous engagement. We could never set up this event without them!
History and stories, this is the Austrian European Heritage Days topic for the year 2012. The monuments themselves are called to tell their stories, in an authentic, pure and simple way. Everything which happened in and around them should be told to the audience, to emphasise the intense vitality of our common heritage. Monuments preserve our history and with this our identity. In this year Austrian EHD we wish to combine both the scientific aspect of history which is stored in monuments and the spirit of liveliness which is held by them. We present 270 objects spread over the whole of Austria. Furthermore, in four counties we translate the programme brochure into a second language: in both Lower and Upper Austria into Czech, in Burgenland into Hungarian, in Styria into Slovenian, through cross border cooperation with these adjacent neighbouring countries. Additionally the Vienna programme brochure is completely translated into English. Through the cooperation between the Federal Office of Protection Monuments and Wikipedia Austria we again organise a photo competition for the EHD Austria, which invites visitors to the objects of the Tag des Denkmals 2012 to photograph and submit their impressions. Here you will find the download (pdfs) of the programme brochure of our nine counties.
Our decision for "Made of Wood" as the topic for the 2011 Austrian "Tag des Denkmals", European Heritage Days in Austria, was made to correspond with the United Nations
"International Year of the Forests". The national organisation and coordination is, as in previous years, undertaken by the Bundesdenkmalamt, the Federal Office for the Protection of Monuments. Many active partners, as well as state institutions and private owners, contribute with enthusiasm and enable us to look forward to a successful event where the public meets "its" cultural heritage. Monuments are explained by experts who describe their unknown and unexpected aspects. There is a huge range of cultural heritage objects made out of timber, such as neolithic pile dwellings, wood craft objects, technical masterpieces of historic roof structures, wood as alpine building materials, artistic furniture, historic devices for wood transport, the art of marquetry, instruments. Last but not least we will emphasise the field of scientific dating of cultural heritage through the method of dendrochronology.