Agriculture's Role as an Upholder of Cultural Heritage

Report from a Workshop

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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 the Swedish cultural heritage

One of the foremost advocates of the old Swedish farmed landscape and the cultural heritage values within, is Astrid Lindgren. From her books about the children of Bullerbyn or Emil of Lönneberga, millions of people have come to know and cherish the idyllic picture of the traditional farmed landscape in Småland, Sweden. But much has happened since Emil scaled the fences on his horse Lucas with Lina the maid and her aching tooth trailing behind...


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