Government Bodies:

Forster Gyula Nemzeti Örökséggazdálkodási és Szolgáltatási Központ (Gyula Forster National Centre for Cultural Heritage Management)


Forster Gyula Nemzeti Örökséggazdálkodási és Szolgáltatási Központ (Gyula Forster National Centre for Cultural Heritage Management)



The Forster Centre are service providers aspiring to manage heritage in a way that uncovers the resources inherent in cultural heritage and contributes to their appropriate preservation through sustainable, long-term use.

The Gyula Forster National Centre for Cultural Heritage Management (Forster Centre for short) is the continuation of the former National Office for Cultural Heritage (KÖH), which was reorganized and renamed in September 2012. The National Trust for State-owned Historic Monuments has also been merged into the Forster Centre. Forster Centre is a governmental organisation under the professional supervision of the Ministry of Human Resources and is headed by the President appointed by the Minister. Forster Centre operates with 118 permanent staff and 30-60 short-term personnel hired for projects.

The Forster Centre is made up of 8 professional units:

    * Heritage Management Division

    * Division of Science and Collections

    * Inspectorate of Cultural Goods

    * Division of World Heritage and International Cooperation

    * Division of Grants and Projects

    * Human Resources Division

    * Communication Division

    * Financial Division

    * Legal and Administrative Division

    * Internal Control Unit


The Forster Centre:

  1. Deals with tasks related to cultural heritage, excluding those under the jurisdiction of official authorities.
  2. Is a statutory authority in charge of issues related to movable cultural heritage nationally and internationally, such as protection, classification, restitution and export licensing.
  3. Seeks to encourage collaboration among cultural heritage-related stakeholders, such as professionals, civilians, market actors and politicians for the realization of developments strengthening local and national identities and economies.
  4. Participates in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention and implement the national Act on World Heritage.
  5. Is entrusted to manage 40 significant state-owned cultural heritage sites and ensembles (about 200 buildings).
  6. Is responsible for the provision of certain scientific tasks, such as the collection, assessment, registration and publication of cultural heritage related documents as well as the management and enlargement of collections.
  7. Assists the consolidation, research and documentation of endangered monuments and sites and prepare proposals for their sustainable use.
  8. Enhances social cooperation in the field of cultural heritage and advocate public awareness of heritage values.
  9. Facilitates international cooperation in the field of cultural heritage and promote Hungarian artistic, historic and cultural heritage values abroad.
  10. Contributes to strengthening the cultural identity of Hungarians living abroad and protect Hungarian heritage assets found abroad.

The Centre’s objectives are to be fulfilled with the adaptation of international practice to the Hungarian situation through the exemplary management of state-owned cultural heritage, integrated into local socio-economic conditions using diverse financial resources (EU, national and private). Further tools of such an approach include professional counselling and training, the initiation and promotion of heritage based projects and activities aimed at increasing the public awareness about heritage values. Past experience shows that besides the so far emphasized legal and administrative tools, the heritage management and service provider approach can move forward the long-term sustainability of our cultural heritage, contributing to a general increase in the quality of life.


The Centre implements several projects with EU assistance from the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund. The Forster Centre has won grants in the value of nearly 48 000 000 EUR so far for 26 projects within the 2007-2013 programming period. The projects with a total budget of more than 50 000 000 EUR primarily target the infrastructural and cultural development of the most remarkable national monuments and historic gardens at 14 sites in Hungary. Currently, 19 projects are being implemented and 7 projects are already in the maintenance period. One of these important sites running several projects is the Esterházy Palace complex at Fertőd.

The Forster Centre is also a knowledge provider in a Central European programme project, entitled Management of Cultural Heritage in the Central Europe Area - HERMAN (2012-2014).


The number of buildings or ensembles under individual historic monument protection is 13 628. The current total number of registered archaeological sites in Hungary is 65 692, out of which 2 028 are Protected Archaeological Sites. There are 873 Protected Environments of listed buildings, 46 Areas of Historic Significance and 1 Historic Landscape. Furthermore, there are 49 394 individually listed movable cultural goods and 415 listed collections of movable cultural goods beyond those held in public collections, mainly in private ownership. As a result of recent designation, Hungary has 1 Outstanding National Memorial Site, 10 National Memorial Sites and 39 Historic Memorial Sites.

The duties of heritage protection are placed under the supervision of three ministries: the Ministry of Interior (overall governmental responsibility for cultural heritage protection, legislative and professional direction), the Ministry of Human Resources (the Gyula Forster National Centre for Cultural Heritage Management) and the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice (direction of governmental agencies that perform official tasks, manage the inventories and carry out certain research tasks).

A new Law on World Heritage (no. LXXVII / 2011) was adopted by the Parliament on 15 June 2011 and entered into force on 1 January 2012. The Law aims to put on solid legal and institutional basis the efficient implementation of the World Heritage Convention in Hungary. Its purpose is to ensure the efficient management of Hungarian World Heritage sites, the protection of their outstanding universal values in line with the principles of sustainable development. For more information refer to the website of the Secretariat of the Hungarian World Heritage Commission.

Contact information
Gyula Forster National Centre for Cultural Heritage Management
1014 Budapest
Táncsics Mihály utca 1.
Tel.: +36 1 225 4800 Fax: + 36 1 225 4900

For the website of the Forster Centre in Hungarian, click here. For the information page in English, click here.


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