SKIVRE-logo-201809-finalSKIVRE project contributes to the “Sharing Heritage” – theme of the “European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018” by developing a training scheme for manufacturing and marketing of high-quality handcrafted products of European monasteries. Monastic heritage represents an important part of European heritage, shared by all European member states mainly in their rural areas. Monasteries served not only the transmission of Christian faith, but were economic hotspots for the exchange of goods and services.

Today, there are different “business models“ for monasteries: some are still organised and led by their Orders with a focus on ecclesiastical duties. The majority is either profaned or (co)financed by public authorities on regional level. The majority is located in rural areas. In fact, these monasteries are companies: They employ administrative, technical and managing staff, pay taxes and social costs. In monasteries operated by public or private operators there is regular staff for maintaining the buildings, opening them for visitors and producing products for selling on the premises. They link cultural heritage to economy.


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