AWARDS CEREMONY OF THE
EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE /
EUROPA NOSTRA AWARDS

June 5, 2009
in the ancient theater of Taormina, Sicily, Italy

VIDEO OF THE WINNING PROJECT


Start up of the ceremony at 20:00 hours, with representatives of the 28 awarded projects and the
orchestra.


Start up of the ceremony at 20:00 hours, with representatives of the 28 awarded projects and the
orchestra.


View of the ceremony after night fall.


Murray receives the certificate for one of the 28 prizes handed to him by
Her Highness the Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón, president of Europa Nostra. 


Murray receives the certificate for the grand prize of 10,000 euros handed to him by
Her Highness the Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón, president of Europa Nostra. 


Speach made by Dr. Glenn Murray immediately after receiving the Grand Prize (text below).


Speach made by Dr. Glenn Murray immediately after receiving the Grand Prize (text below).

EUROPA NOSTRA GRAND PRIZE AWARD
ACCEPTANCE SPEACH BY GLENN MURRAY

Taormina, Sicily, Italy.      June 5, 2009 

First of all, I would like to thank Europa Nostra for having taken special note of my work to bring the famous Segovia Mint back to life from its forgotten and ruinous state of abandonment. 

But, I must insist that the most important thing about all of this is NOT myself, but the importance of the structure itself, built in 1583, which we are proving through detailed research to be the "oldest, most advanced and complete industrial manufacturing plant still standing in the entire world", established a full 200 years before the Industrial Revolution. 

While the reconstruction of the building is almost completed, we still have no funding for the creation and instalation of the Museum of Minting Technology.  Our Association is now promoting the future museum as the Key Project of the Candidacy of Segovia to become the European Capital of Culture in 2016.  We hope that in this way, the candidacy will help attract funding for the Mint Museum, and that the Mint will help Segovia's bid to become the European Capital of Culture. 

Of course, I would also like to thank the Chamber of Commerce of Segovia, whose president Jesus Postigo is here with me today, for having submitted my name as candidate for this prize, which I am going to donate in its entirety to the Friends of the Segovia Mint Association.   

Last but not least, I would like to welcome everyone here to visit our website to learn more about the Segovia Mint, and of course, to come to Segovia to visit us in person.


Murray with Alexander Fürst zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (Denmark), president of the
awards jury for Category 3, and other prize winners at the ceremony.


Family photo of all the prize winners after the ceremony, with Jesús Postigo, President of the
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Segovia, to the left of Murray in the photo.


Murray (center) and Postigo (on left in photo).


Murray speaking with José María Ballester (Spain), vicepresident of the jury for Category 1.


Murray, Ballester and Postigo, with representatives of the other three winning Spanish projects.


Murray and Ballester.


Her Highness Doña Pilar de Borbón (Spain) [on left], with the European authorities; Murray seated behind.


The stage before the start of the ceremony (courtesy E.N.). 


The orchestra (courtesy E.N.). 


The prize winners (courtesy E.N.). 


The prize winners (courtesy E.N.).


The President of Europa Nostra, Her Highness Doña Pilar de Borbón (Spain), and the Executive President,
Dr. Andrea H. Schuler (Switzerland), presiding the welcoming ceremony in the town of Randazzo,
on one of the many excursions offered for the participants.


Her Royal Highness Doña Pilar de Borbón, and Dr. Andrea H. Schuler.


Murray with one of the welcoming posters to the town of Randazzo.

Our thanks go to Cristina Ordaz Benet, of the  Fundación de la Comunidad Valenciana La Luz de las Imágenes (winning project in category 3), and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Segovia, for the above photos.

 



Prize certificate for 10.000 euros.


Prize certificate.


Prize statue.


Book of all the prizes in .pdf

Click here to go to the Europa Nostra Prize page
on the FRIENDS OF THE SEGOVIA MINT WEBSITE.