The future of historic castles, manors and estates, and their relationship to regional development will be discussed on the 13th of May during a symposium organised by KASK & Conservatorium at the Loppem Castle in Loppem, Belgium. The event is aimed at people involved in the exploitation, management, preservation, transformation and redevelopment of historic estates, as well as the planning and development of the regions in which they are situated. 

Some of the speakers that will be present are:

  • Steven Heyde, researcher at HoGent-Kask, will explore the theme of estate landscapes
  • John Dixon Hunt, English landscape historian, will talk about past estates and their histories for future ideas and developments
  • Ignace Schops will demonstrate how the reconnection model connects nature with people, business and policy. 

Several break-out sessions will also be part of the programme, addressing topics like the future of heritage policy and finance, redevelopment policy, the touristic value of estates and more. 

This symposium is organised by KASK & Conservatorium (HOGENT en Howest) in collaboration with the Flemish Heritage Agency and the province of West-Flanders in the context of the Interreg Europe project Innocastle. 

Keep up to date with the event and register here.