Agriculture's Role as an Upholder of Cultural Heritage

Report from a Workshop

image of Agriculture's Role as an Upholder of Cultural Heritage

A substantial part of the cultural landscape and cultural heritage for many European countries is related to agriculture. Agricultural activity in some form is of vital importance in order to maintain and uphold the cultural heritage related to agriculture, however, intensive farming methods is also a major destroyer of cultural heritage. The role of agriculture as an upholder of cultural heritage was the focus of attention for a European workshop in Norway in February 2005 which brought together representatives from the public agricultural and cultural heritage sectors and researchers from The Netherlands, Austria, Estonia, England, and the Nordic countries of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Norway. This report presents the status for the link agriculture - cultural heritage in these nine countries and points out some differences as well as mutual characteristics between the national contexts.



Agriculture's role as an upholder of cultural heritage – The Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Norway is relatively young as an industrialized and urbanized country. Most people have close relatives or relations to rural districts and to farmers. Norwegian identity as it was built up in the 1800s, was also related to farming societies. Many Norwegians therefore identify with rural landscape rather than cities. That is the reason why Norwegians value agricultural landscapes highly. The farmers are maintaining these physical and non-material values.


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