Propose new significant cemetery

Having your cemetery recognized as Significant cemetery of Europe is important in many aspects.

It emphasizes importance of the cemetery to it's visitors, local and regional public. By setting the status, cemetery may have better access to cultural heritage protection and other funds.

At the same time, cemetery receives promotion through ASCE communication channels and (optionally) at Cemeteries route.

To set this status, ASCE is following a procedure:

Organization starting the process (applicant) must be a "Cemetery organization" member of ASCE

It is important to recognize that this is the first step even if the cemetery of the applicant will not be recognized as significant. Membership in ASCE provides many other benefits:
  • participations at AGMs,
  • knowledge exchange,
  • possibility to participate in projects,
  • networking
Only the organization (company, city council department) that manages the cemetery can propose a cemetery to become significant.

Other members cannot propose cemeteries?

It is important to stress out that research organizations and individual members cannot propose cemeteries to become significant. This is due to the fact that only cemeteries with strong commitment of cemetery management (organization managing the cemetery) can be recognized as significant.

In case you are individual or research organization you can initiate the communications between ASCE and cemetery management to help a cemetery become recognized as significant. Our presidency will gladly help in communicating with established management (or other authority) to get them interested in the our work and mission.


1. Fill the Significant Cemetery application form

Applicant fills out the

and sends it to ASCE secretariat.

2. Checking the filled out form by secretariat

ASCE secretariat checks if everything is filled out correctly and lists the cemetery for checking by ASCE Steering Committee (SC).

3. Steering committee decision

ASCE secretariat provides the filled out form and other cemetery materials (descriptions, photos, books, brochures,...) to SC. At SC meetings (March, September) voting is passed for each of cemetery application.

After being recognized as Significant cemetery of Europe

Get and use Significant Cemetery Insignia

All the cemeteries that are approved by SC are recognized as Significant cemeteries of Europe and are passed on for further promotion, exposure and research.

Applicant receives official certificate and rights to use the insignia (plate) at the cemetery.

5 years ReEvaluation test

Every 5 years Significant Cemeteries are passed through a procedure with following points:
  • Is cemetery management organization still a member of ASCE?
  • Valid and responsive contact and management data
  • A list of research, conservation, preservation or other similar project being performed at the cemetery
  • Cemetery involvement into ASCE projects in past 3 years
  • ASCE plates visibility
  • Are there other ASCE materials available at cemetery (in the offices, tourism offices)?
You can read more details at Methodology of Recognizing Significant Cemeteries document.