KÖME – Association of Cultural Heritage Managers is a community of people working in heritage-related fields in Hungary. The association was founded in 2012 by alumni of iASK – Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg who saw the need for independent, bottom-up platforms for cultural and natural heritage. KÖME was meant to play an active (plat)forming and path-breaking role in this endeavour.

Since its founding in 2012 the association has indeed broken new paths, launched professional discourses, developed own trainings and participated in many international projects while continuously enlarging and refreshing its membership. In all our works we are committed to bringing together heritage-related professions and contrasting knowledges and different points of view that are rarely communicating with each other. We are committed to strengthening the quality, the international dimensions and the regeneration potential of the Hungarian heritage field.

You will find KÖME members at many points of Hungary. Our membership represents a wide range of fields, including architecture, archeology, art history, nature protection and contemporary (performing) arts.

KÖME’s strength lies in collaboration and the embracing of differences.
Our motto is

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Official statues and yearly reports


Registration document


4 main principles of KÖME

1. Heritage as a complex concept

For us, heritage is a dynamic concept and not an ensemble of timeless phenomena. Heritage is constantly being born, formed, and ceased in the course of human-human and human-nature interaction. Heritage can be interpreted along with the changing process of inheritance. It is made tangible by intertwined places, objects, and stories.

2. Partnership and bridging

KÖME provides an umbrella for various professions. We take the challenge seriously to set new kinds of frames for the dialogue of different heritage-related fields. We don’t settle for nominal collaborations but try to create situations where each party can learn and understand a new thing.

3. Experimentation

We don’t cook along recipes but search for solutions for every given task. We build on our previous experiences and don’t shy away from re-evaluating them. We also have great experience in joining in processes managed by others.

4. Professionalism and accessibility for all

We are an organisation of professionals, yet we don’t only want to communicate with professionals. Besides our training and self-learning activities we deem it highly important to inspire the wider public take care of their heritage. We also work in support of a sustainable tourism.