Family & Business Succession – Heritage Preservation- Innovation-Sustainability

Dear friends,

We are writing to invite you to join us at the annual conference organised by the European Historic Houses’ (EHH) “NextGen Group”. This group is designed specifically to support young and future owners of private historic properties across the continent.

As young guardians of historic family property ourselves, we both know the challenges and responsibilities which these places can present.  Whether it be from a family, financial or practical perspective, family succession can be complicated and historic houses are not only a privilege. Recognising therefore the paramount importance of supporting smooth inter-generational succession, the EHH NextGen Group as well as the NextGen group in Belgium, within l’ASBL des Demeures Historiques et Jardins de Belgique – Historische Woonsteden & Tuinen van België VZW, are formed specifically to build a network of passionate young owners and successors of historic properties.  This groups mutually champions the passion and innovation that the younger generation can bring to developing sustainable futures for heritage whatever the circumstances, means or location.

At EHH level the NextGen group meets annually at a conference, but in future further activities are planned.  This year the conference is in Dublin, Ireland on 1-3 April, where we will visit four historic properties, hear from industry experts, professional advisers and perhaps most inspirationally, the personal success stories of families fighting for their heritage in challenging times.  We also let our hair down at a legendary party to which we can also invite our friends to join us.  We would very much welcome your attendance – the details are found here:

However, we should note that there are very few spaces left for this year, so if you do wish to come, please register as soon as possible here:

In any case, by joining EHH NextGen, which is free this year (and only c.€25 in future), you will receive the details of all the future events as soon as they are released. 

Membership is automatic for conference participants, but to apply for membership without coming the conference, this is the link:

With very best wishes,
William Cartwright-Hignett & Charles-Adrien de Merode

Charles-Adrien de Merode
Next Gen’ Belgium
Cel. B: +32 476 20 76 58