Atlantikwall Europe (AWE) is a partnership of cultural heritage organizations in the seven Atlantic Wall countries of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the Channel Islands. The aim of AWE is to provide a framework for European cooperation in the form of a network. Within it, Atlantic Wall locations, places of remembrance, museums and other institutions, can share ideas and information and connect with each other. Access to the network is open to all Atlantic Wall locations and other potentially interested parties. The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.
AWE started in 2018 and was originally scheduled to end in June 2020. Unfortunately, due to the physical limitations imposed by the global corona pandemic, a significant part of the planned projects could not go ahead or have taken place in an adapted form. For that reason, the project has been extended by one year and officially ended on June 17, 2021.
Mission & vision
AWE’s mission is making present and future European generations aware of the significance of the Atlantic Wall heritage for present-day issues of war and peace, and of the importance of a united Europe, based on shared values, collective memory and mutual understanding.
The main objective of AWE is to build a lasting European network of Atlantic Wall sites, memorial sites, museums and institutions. But AWE wants more to achieve.
Partner-wise, the project unites some of the biggest organisations that work actively to keep the Atlantic Wall heritage alive. They are four, from three countries on the Atlantic coast. Six other, but smaller partners were from the beginning involved in the preparations for this project and all contribute in kind to the project activities.
European Network Atlantikwall
Membership of the AWE network is open to all interested parties, whether from government organizations, NGO's or other organisations working within the field of Atlantic Wall sites.
A group of organisations from different European countries concerned with the future of Atlantic Wall heritage met in the city of Caen in 2016. They gathered to discuss the opportunities of greater European collaboration with similar organisations across Europe on key policy issues.