In the year 2000 the starting gun was fired for the efforts to have the Schwerin Residence ensemble inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Public lecture events and podium discussions by the ProSchwerin e.V. association advanced the concept of applying for World Heritage status. During his visit, the late Professor Gottfried Kiesow, curator of ancient monuments and founder of the Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz (German Foundation for Monument Protection), also spoke about the potential of the Schwerin Residence ensemble. Then followed the resolution by the city representatives to promote this idea and also the resolution by the State Parliament (the “Landtag”) in 2007 in favour of the “World Cultural Heritage Schwerin Castle Ensemble”. Shortly afterwards the three partners set to work: the City of Schwerin, the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Landtag Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Since then, many different events, flyers, brochures and the establishment of work-groups from associations and institutions have promoted this project.
“A common goal”
In 2014 the first milestone was reached – the Residence Ensemble was inscribed on the German candidate list, the Tentative List. Inscription on this list is the precondition for bringing the application before the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, see also "Convention".
The nomination document is currently being prepared; it will need sharper definition of the unique characteristics of the Schwerin ensemble. Here, the academic advisory board is supporting the three partners and is lending its expertise and experience along the next steps towards the completion of the nomination document.