The report of the Horizon 2020 Expert Group on Cultural Heritage makes a case for the European Union to promote the innovative use of cultural heritage in support of economic growth, social cohesion and environmental sustainability. Cultural heritage is a shared resource and forms part of the cultural identity of communities and individuals. The expert group argued for engagement of new audiences and continued development of more participative models of interpretation and governance, including through increased involvement of the private sector and civil society.  

This policy brief considers the mechanisms that can be used to foster the participation of citizens in cultural heritage projects and the value which this can bring. 

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