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Places of memory, places of creation – Heritage Sites for Culture (CCR in French, Cultural Encounter Centre) first appeared in France in 1972, initially involving six iconic historical sites. The initiative received the support of government ministers Jacques Duhamel and Jacques Rigaud. The label ‘Centre culturel de rencontre (Cultural Encounter Centre or now, Heritage Site for Culture) has thus come to mark out a project which is artistic, cultural or intellectual, working in synergy with a major heritage site. These sites put themselves at the service of creation, diffusion, research and innovation, drawing a direct link between varied audiences and territories. Created to stimulate and coordinate the activities of these Centres, the ACCR (Association des Centres culturels de rencontre) was recognised as a registered charity in 1983. In France, 1992 saw the Charter of the Cultural Encounter Centres countersigned by Jack Lang, the then Minister of Culture.

In 1996 the National Commission of Cultural Encounter Centres was created, under the aegis of the Minister of Culture and Communication. Finally, in 1998 the Circulaire Trautmann (Trautmann Circular) reinforced the original positioning of Cultural Encounter Centres in public policy and the role of the ACCR. The Orientation Council was created in 2001 with the aim of bringing together within the same informal governance structure the activities of the network’s French (historically the most numerous), European and international members.

In 2017, the label "Centre culturel de rencontre" became in France property of the French Ministry of Culture. ACCR coordinates the network in France and still own the international label "Heritage Site for culture".