An international non-profit-making association
Abbreviated to: FEMP AISBL
This federation, which aims to carry on the work of the European Foundation for Heritage Skills, is an initiative of the Institut du Patrimoine Wallon (Paix-Dieu Heritage Skills Centre), Belgium, and the Ecole d’Avignon, France.
The Institut du Patrimoine Wallon and its Heritage Skills Centre, which stands on the site of the former Paix-Dieu Cistercian abbey in Amay, have been engaged since 1999 in the fundamental work of preserving and transmitting know-how in the architectural heritage field. The various awareness-raising, training and information activities organised there are aimed at a broad and diverse target group, ranging from the very young to those with highly specialised interests.
On 12 January 2012, eight European training centres (Paix-Dieu Heritage Skills Centre (Belgium), Ecole d’Avignon, (France), Villa
Fabris - Centro Europeo per i Mestieri del Patrimonio, Thiene (Italy), Transylvania Trust, Cluj (Romania), Conservation, Regeneration & Community Development across the North East, Cumbria
& North Yorkshire (NECT) (United Kingdom), National Heritage Training Group (United Kingdom), Centro Albayzin (Spain), and Zentrum für Restaurierung und Denkmalpflege, Herrstein (Germany))
met at the Paix-Dieu Heritage Skills Centre to found an international non-profit association: “European Foundation for Architectural Heritage Skills” (short title: “FEMP AISBL”). The new body
reflects the perspectives and ensures continuity of the earlier initiatives by the Council of Europe and its European network on heritage skills to encourage the transmission of
The aim of the association is to support and develop traditional know-how and skills involved in heritage crafts and professions.
To achieve this aim, the association implements all or some of the following activities, bearing in mind that the following list is non-exhaustive:
The association’s activities are not for profit and may be carried out anywhere in the world.