CROATIA: Kulturno-umjetnicko drustvo Novigrad KUD Novigrad is a civic association to care for the traditional culture of Novigrad, established in 2000.
IRELAND: Irish Walled Town Network
GREAT BRITAIN: Chester Civic Trust
The leading local voluntary organisation influencing the quality of our built environment.We have well over 400 members drawn from all walks of life: people who live or work in Chester, and others from further afield who have developed a keen interest in this very special city. Some join to take an active part in our committees and policy-making. Others simply enjoy receiving our regular newsletters, keep in touch and become general supporters. It really doesn’t matter – we like to think we can offer something for everyone. All YOU need to qualify for membership is to be interested in Chester.The trust is a registered charity with no political affiliations. We are recognized by the local authority as a non-statutory consultee and our independent views are widely respected by local decision makers.We also work in partnership with other local organisations and actively support the civic society movement in this region and nationally.
GREAT BRITAIN: Chichester Walls Walk Trust
Guided walks around and on the Roman walls of Chichester. Talks on items of historical or archaeological interest in the environs of Chichester.
GREAT BRITAIN: York Archaeological Trust
The York Archaeological Trust for Excavation and Research Limited is an educational charity, established in 1972 in the City of York. It carries out archaeological investigations, fieldwork, excavation and research in York, Yorkshire and throughout Britain and beyond.Its staff include experts in archaeological excavation, historic building analysis and recording, artefact curation, conservation and research, archaeological computing, illustration and design. It publishes a wide range of hard copy and web based reports, popular books and information resources; further details are available on its website.It offers opportunities to take part in archaeological investigation through its annual training excavation ‘Archaeology Live’, and also hosts the Community Archaeologist for York.
Friends of York Walls is a voluntary (not for profit) group based in York, UK. The group aims to help promote, manage and develop York’s Bar Walls, St Mary’s Abbey, Clifford’s Tower and The Castle for the benefit of local residents and visitors. The group organise and undertake practical work and organise public events in co-operation with the City of York Council and other like-minded groups or individuals. They seek to establish York Walls as a major worldwide attraction, one that the residents of York can take pride in, and residents and visitors can enjoy to the full.
It is Friends of York Walls aim to re-open to the public the Fishergate Postern Tower in York and establish it as their base and a visitor centre. The public now have the opportunity to sponsor a stone at the Tower and own a piece of York’s history and contribute to the restoration project.
ITALY: Associazione Storicamente A.R.I.E.S email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE NETHERLANDS: Stichting Vestingstad Valkenburg
The SVV (Eng.: Foundation Fortified City Valkenburg). was founded on April 8, 2004. The board consists of the following persons:
The SVV acknowledges the following tasks:
For more information see our internet site: www.vestingstadvalkenburg.nl
THE NETHERLANDS: The Stichting Groene Hart (the Green Heart Foundation)
Walled towns and the Old Dutch Waterline
Walled towns played a crucial part in a 17th century defense system whereby water was used to stop the enemy from advancing. Large sections of land were flooded. Just 40 cm of water was enough to stop the enemy. Too much to try and wade through with heavy military equipment and not sufficient to use boats.
A disastrous moment in Dutch history, the year 1672
In 1672 French troops marched west in the direction of Amsterdam. They had to be stopped and Holland decided to use water as a weapon. There was no time to think and a large section of land was rapidly submerged in water by (more or less) controlled flooding. It ran from the walled town of Muiden in the north, to the walled town of Gorinchem with castle Loevestein in the south. Head of the Dutch army was the young Prince Willem III and he and his men stood their ground. In the end the French gave up and retreated. The waterline had worked, Holland was saved. But what was left behind was a desolate country. It had been a disastrous year.
Even three hundred and fifty years later the Old Dutch Waterline is still much in place. It is not easily recognized as it lies hidden in the countryside. The full extension comes only to life when put into action and the land is flooded. With its 11 walled towns (some better preserved than others) and attractive countryside it offers excellent opportunities for recreation and tourism. The Old Dutch Waterline should be treasured and therefore protected by means of a monumental status. The Green Heart Foundation appointed itself curator of the Old Dutch Waterline and has published a number of books on the subject. With exhibitions, cultural events, re-enactments and a video, the foundation tries to bring this military monument to the attention of the general public and create awareness with the politicians so that it will be saved for future generations.
THE NETHERLANDS: Euroregionaal Historisch Centrum Sittard Geleen
The Euregional Historic Centre is a historical organization in Sittard-Geleen (95.000 inhabitants). Sittard is a very old city in the province of Limburg, in the south of the Netherlands. The oldest traces of permanent occupation date back to the linear ceramics. The city still has about ¾ of its 14th century rampart, the oldest existing houses date from the beginning of the 16th century..
The Euregional Historic Centre’s mission is to preserve, manage, access and provision primary and secondary archival sources of the municipality of Sittard-Geleen and its surrounding municipalities Stein, Beek and Schinnen, but also contextual material of the surrounding Euregion (Kreis Heinsberg and Flemisch Limburg Maasland). We also keep archives of social organizations such as parishes and foundations, castles and families who have been important for the identity of the town and region. This is done from a legislative but also cultural-historical-social obligation. Digitization is very strong, with 6 million pageviews per year. The EHC works with reliable and sustainable systems of information preservation and is for example associate partner of V-Must.net. Cooperation is our strength and thereby we transcend boundaries where possible. Boundaries between municipalities example, between gouvernemental and voluntary organizations, and between countries.
SPAIN and PORTUGAL : FICAM Foro Iberico de Ciudades