About the European Students’ Association for Cultural Heritage (ESACH)


The European Students’ Association for Cultural Heritage (ESACH) was founded on occasion of the upcoming European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. In short, we intend to fill this year with life by organising lecture series, excursions and heritage-related workshops at as many European universities as possible. On top of that, our initiative is supposed to lay the foundation for a lasting network of students and young researchers interested in the different dimensions of heritage, who want to share and protect our common cultural heritage and thereby contribute to the formation of a common European identity. As our common memory, we understand the European cultural heritage as the basis of a joint European future. In pursuit of the gestures necessary to consolidate this future, we seek to bring our local efforts together within our network.


The ESACH idea originated in February 2017 and has already crossed borders - our history has just begun. Let's start sharing heritage together!


Being conscious of a European Union that is much more than a financial or an economic market, this cross-border initiative aims at raising awareness of all forms of cultural heritage within European universities’ communities. Cultural heritage reveals what it has meant to be a European throughout time. It is a powerful instrument that provides a sense of belonging among European citizens. For this reason, Europe as a political body needs to realise the unifying force of cultural heritage. National responsibilities and EU action do not contradict: heritage is always both local and European. It has been forged over time, across borders and within various communities. Heritage is made up of local stories, which together make up the history of Europe. Therefore, students and young researchers from all over Europe are to bring their local stories together and identify themselves to be the heirs of a common European history.


In short, our objectives are to:


  • raise awareness of all forms of tangible and intangible cultural heritage especially among the university communities,
  • promote an understanding of our heritage as a common responsibility, liberated from national perspectives,
  • use our capacities as students and young researchers in different heritage matters and its protection in Europe and worldwide.