The Lands of Art and History certification of Lens-Liévin
The Joint-community of Lens-Liévin obtained the Lands of Art and History certification in January 2008.
This certification is issued by the Ministry of Culture and Communication to local authorities concerned with their living environment who are committed to an overall strategy for the preservation and development of heritage on behalf of the public.
Heritage, a concept that is changing
The word heritage is generally associated with collections of old buildings, like churches or even chateaux. Currently, the concept of heritage is widening to include all aspects of our environment from periods in the dim distant past to the present day: landscape, industrial, military or immaterial (know-how, local dialects) heritage. The approach taken by the Lands of Art and History certification is to consider all these factors that contribute to the region's identity, its past, present and future.
The Lands of Art and History certification is part of a national network that allows the most innovative experiments to be passed on. The Nord Pas-de-Calais has five Towns of Art and History, Lille, Roubaix, Cambrai, Boulogne-sur-Mer and Saint-Omer. The Lands of Art and History of Lens-Liévin is the first in the region and one of the biggest in France with regards population.
An opportunity for the land of Lens-Liévin
Being awarded the Lands of Art and History certification is a real acknowledgement issued by the State of the plentiful local heritage and skills of the local authority in terms of regional development.
The Heritage Centre that coordinates and implements the initiatives of the Lands of Art and History of Lens-Liévin has organized a programme of visits over the year, events for the local population and tourism as well as visits and educational workshops for schoolchildren. It is at your disposal to look at any project.