Glass blowing is accepted to Finland's first National Inventory of Living Heritage based on the Finnish Glass Museum's application!
The Finnish Glass Museum’s application for the connection of the manufacture of blown glass to the National List of Finnish Living Heritage has been approved!
The Ministry of Education and Culture has nominated 52 elements for inclusion in the National Inventory of Living Heritage. The National Inventory will be updated regularly, and the next opportunity to submit applications will be in 2019 at the earliest. It is possible for elements in the National Inventory to be later nominated for inclusion in UNESCO's international lists of intangible cultural heritage.
The selection of an element into the National Inventory of Living Heritage is a recognition to the communities that work with the traditions. At the same time, it brings them one step closer to being recognized internationally.
Behind this is UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Finland signed the Convention in 2013. The resulting inventory is a tool which can be used to identify, describe and convey knowledge about and information on living traditions.
The National Inventory of Living Heritage is based on the proposals of the National Board of Antiquities and the advisory group on intangible cultural heritage. Experts in the various fields of ICH have also assessed the proposals. Later, it is possible for elements in the National Inventory to be nominated for inclusion in UNESCO's international lists of intangible cultural heritage. The Ministry of Education and Culture decides on Finland’s nominations. A maximum of one national nomination per year can be submitted to UNESCO. In addition, it is possible to submit multinational nominations or apply for the inclusion in the Register of good practices.