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As one of the most long-lasting and comprehensive conferences in the field of public memory institutions The Best in Heritage is proud to announce its 21st edition, which takes place online from late May to early October 2022. 

Featuring video-interviews with representatives of more than 40 museum, heritage and conservation projects that have been awarded in the past year, the online edition will deliver an exhaustive overview of best practices from all over the globe, focusing on the criteria of professional excellence, public value, and innovation. 

In the video-interviews acclaimed experts from the field provide insights into their accomplishments, give us an exclusive behind-the scenes look at their work, discuss important professional topics and offer valuable specialist advice. 

The diverse line-up of featured projects spans from immersive AR, VR & XR experiences and tours, digital storytelling projects, online educational resources and documentaries, Covid response projects; to World’s first voice-activated museum, various community programmes, hands-on visitor experiences, archaeology, conservation & preservation projects, cross-continental collaborations; but also achievements tackling difficult topics: of the colonial times, immigration, history of mass repression, role of curators and historians in shaping how we perceive a multitude of truths, and perspectives of possible future.  

Over the last two decades, the Best in Heritage conference has proved its simple idea of transferring the best, the most usable professional and civil society practice in curating and communicating cultural heritage. It is about building strong criteria of quality and turning our collective experience into wisdom. 

With the vital help of our main partner, the International Council of Museums, and its leading, global role in the professional sector, and through our long-standing partnership with Europa Nostra, the European Voice of Civil Society committed to Cultural Heritage, the conference carries on as a unique platform connecting the public memory sector.


Our diligent interviewers, serving at the same time as "Project of Influence" Jury, come from different professional settings and will help us to better understand the featured prize-winning achievements, and the reasons behind their success. In 2022 they are: Jens Beutmann, Head of Exhibitions and Visitor Service at the State Museum of Archaeology Chemnitz; Alvin Yapp, Owner of The Intan; Alexandra Fernández Coego, Head of Communications and PR at ICOM; Daphne Becket, Principal at Becket Architects; Tom Loughman , Co-Chair of ICOM-US; and Ciprian Melian, the CEO of LIVDEO. 


Keynote Address by Loredana Amenta, Key Account Manager at Orpheo Group Italy, who won the Best in Heritage IMAGINES "Project of Influence" 2021 recognition for the UnmuteArt project by Orpheo and Arthemisia. 

Keynote address by Julia Garnaut, Curator of History & Exhibitions at City of Holdfast Bay and Lynette Crocker, Senior Kaurna Elder.  They won the Best in Heritage Project of Influence recognition in 2021 for their Tiati Wangkanthi Kumangka (Truth-Telling Together) project.


Executive Creative Director of Interactive Arts at Nexus Studios Alexander Jenkins talks to TBIH's Ciprian Melian about the Changdeok ARirang project by SK Telecom, Google PI & Nexus Studios, that won the 2021 Webby Award for Apps and Software.

Immerse yourself in history like never before at UNESCO world-heritage site, Changdeok Palace, Seoul. In a pioneering use of 5G Mobile technology, SK Telecom, Google, Nexus and the Cultural Heritage Administration, digitally mapped the entire site to create a first-of-its kind AR guided tour, bringing 18th Century Joseon back to life in rich detail through 4k volumetric captured performance. Meeting a virtual tour guide, ‘The Haechi’, visitors chose a location they wished to visit. Haechi plotted a route from wherever they stood, then began his guided tour regaling visitors with history trivia.


Director of the Trapholt Museum Karen Grøn talks to TBIH's Tom Loughman about this museum that won the European Museum Academy's Art Museum Award 2021.

Trapholt Museum of Modern Art, Craft and Design believes museums must respond to an ever-changing world; create diverse communities; stimulate creativity and creative thinking; and empower people with the experience of being able to both act and participate in public conversations. Trapholt’s participatory and socially engaged work is an essential developmental engine, where new methods and ideas are conceived and translated into changing the museum overall. Participatory and user oriented initiatives are rooted in the organisation in order to become sustainable with strong commitment of the management.

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