The Future is Heritage

The Future is Heritage is an international network of young professionals, students, volunteers and enthusiasts from Europe. The network aims to strengthen the position of young people working in the heritage field throughout Europe, and emphasizes intergenerational cooperation.

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What is The Future is Heritage?

The Future is Heritage is an international network of young professionals, students, volunteers, and heritage enthusiasts. Through the annual ‘The Future is Heritage-events’, the network strives for creating a more inclusive, sustainable, and more equal European Heritage sector where both new and established individuals collaborate intensively. Goals of The Future is Heritage are:

  • Strengthen the work position and positional influence of young professionals, students, and volunteers in both the European and regional heritage sectors.
  • Stimulating international and intergenerational cooperation and exchange of knowledge.
  • Stimulating sustainable European and regional heritage sectors through multidisciplinary cooperation.
  • Working on a more inclusive and diverse European heritage sector.
  • Raising awareness for complex societal issues related to heritage and exploring possible solutions to these issues.

Erfgoed Gelderland has been a supporting partner of The Future is Heritage network since its founding in 2017 by Erfgoed Brabant and acts as the main initiator of the project since 2021.

What does The Future is Heritage do?

The Future is Heritage hosts one or several activities every year. Generally, this is a larger event in a European city or region, such as a conference or a field school. Besides these larger events, online activities are hosted occasionally as well, such as webinars or online meetups. All activities are open to both young and established professionals to join. During our activities, an international group comes together to exchange knowledge and experiences, to discuss with one another and to meet new people.

The participants of the ‘Heritage Field School’ of The Future is Heritage at Fort Pannerden, 2021.

Het project team

The Future is Heritage events are hosted and programmed by a project team. For every year, we form a new team, consisting of employees of the supporting organizations (Erfgoed Gelderland & Erfgoed Brabant), individuals from partner organizations, The Future is Heritage alumni and new individuals.

How do I get involved?

The Future is Heritage does not use a membership procedure. Those who want to join the network and participate in one or multiple of our events can do this freely without any commitments. For more information, visit or follow The Future is Heritage on social media:

Do you have any questions? Please contact Wouter Hinrichs via e-mail on

These organizations have supported The Future is Heritage: