Project objective is to give "the second life" to the medieval ruins through modern management and attributing contemporary, socially useful functions, while preserving the historical value of these sites. Project aims to develop and disseminate transnational guidelines and integrated model of contemporary use, modern management and protection of medieval ruins in Central Europe.

Project title: Sustainable re-use, preservation and modern management of historical ruins in Central Europe - elaboration of integrated model and guidelines based on the synthesis of the best European experiences

Owners and managers of the thousands of medieval ruins around Europe face the challenge of preservation despite limited options for modern use of their sites. The RUINS project develops approaches that help managers to find contemporary, social uses for old ruins while keeping historical heritage intact. Research and evaluation of various sites will create a basis for comprehensive management plans.

The official start of the project was on 01.06.2017 and will last until the end of September 2020. Lead Project Partner is Lublin University of Technology - Poland, followed by a consortium of additional 9 project partners from 6 EU countries (Poland, Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, Slovakia, and Czech Republic).

The RUINS project is financed by the European Union funding programme Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE. The total project budget is 1.765.421,10EUR. Municipality of Velenje as project partner will manage the amount of 200.425 EUR, from which 85% are co-financed by the EU and 15% by the Municipality of Velenje.

Best practice Handbooks
+ Transnational model of sustainable protection and conservation of historic ruins
+ Guidelines of modern management of historic ruins
+ Guidelines for elaboration of plans of management use and protection of historic ruins

As part of the project, the Municipality of Velenje prepared a comprehensive Management plan for Šalek Castle Ruins, prepared a Fire Safety Order for Šalek Castle Ruins and designed a protocol souvenir - The Šalek Drinking Cup, which was found during archeological excavations at Šalek Castle. By purchasing a souvenir, we contribute to the preservation and sustainable development of Šalek Castle.
+ Management plan for Šalek Castle Ruins

For additional information, please contact us:

ruins@velenje.si or visit project website: http://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/RUINS.html