European Heritage Volunteers regularly organises Partner Projects Coordinators' Meetings to gather representatives of the different organisations and institutions involved in various European countries in European Heritage Volunteers Partner Projects. These meetings allow the participating organisations and institutions to exchange experiences and best practice models, to develop common quality standards and to enable interaction and cooperation concerning the European Heritage Volunteers Partner Projects and the European Heritage Training Courses as well as concerning other topics.
The costs for board and lodging during these meetings are covered by European Heritage Volunteers. If the participating organisation or institution had organised a European Heritage Volunteers Partner Project in the previous year or if a project submitted by the organisation or organisation for the current year will be accepted as a European Heritage Volunteers Partner Project a part of the travel costs will be reimbursed by European Heritage Volunteers, too.
The European Heritage Volunteers Partner Projects Coordinators' Meeting 2016 took place for logistic reasons in February 2017 and combined the evaluation of the 2016 project cycle as well as the preparation for the 2017 cycle.
The meeting gathered representatives from heritage linked organisations and institutions form Armenia, Belarus, Croatia, Germany, Kosovo, Poland and Spain.
The focus of the meeting lied on the exchange of experiences and of best practice models and on the detailed preparation of European Heritage Volunteers Partner Projects for 2017 and 2018.
In addition to that, examples of heritage linked volunteering projects in Weimar had been visited and a guided tour through garden and park heritage in Weimar had been provided. Since the majority of the participants of the Networking Meeting had a professional background in archaeology a guided tour through the Archaeological Museum of the State of Thuringia, held by its director, Dr. Diethard Walter, and a substantial and detailed excursion to various ongoing excavations in Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia, managed by the responsible archaeologist from the Archaeological Institute of the State of Thuringia, Dr. Karin Sczech, had been organised.
The European Heritage Volunteers Partner Projects Coordinators' Meeting 2017 took place in November 2017 in Weimar, Germany and gathered representatives of heritage linked organisations and institutions from Belarus, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Russia.
The focus of the meeting lied on the evaluation of the 2017 project cycle, the detailed preparation of the 2018 cycle with a special focus on the activities in the frame of the European Year of Cultural Heritage as well as on the preparation of the 2019 project cycle. In addition to that a whole day had been dedicated to the presentation of the particular projects rfesp. project ideas in order to enable exchange of experiences and of best practice models.
Furthermore, an excursion to the World Heritage Site "Classical Weimar" focusing both in tangible and intangible heritage aspects had been organised. The highlight of the excursion was a guided visit of the historical Anna Amalia Library that had burned down in 2004. The visit provided a detailed inside view into the challenges to rescue, conserve and restore - tangible as well as intangible - heritage affected by catastrophes.
The European Heritage Volunteers Partner Projects Coordinators' Meeting 2018 will take place from November, 4th, (arrival) till November, 09th, (departure), 2018, in Weimar and Leipzig.
The first three days will take place in Weimar and the programme will be comparable to the programme of the Coordinators' Meetings in the previous years.
On November, 8th, European Heritage Volunteers will organise in the frame of the "denkmal", Europe's Leading Trade Fair for Conservation, Restoration and Old Buildings Renovation, a conference under the title "Volunteering for European Cultural Heritage". The participants of the Coordinators' Meeting are invited to take part at the conference and to contribute to the conference's programme. Find more details about the conference here.
Participants of the Coordinators' Meeting that wish to do so are welcome to spend an additional day at the "denkmal" as well as at the MUTEC, the International Trade Fair for Museum and Exhibition Technology, that takes place parallely and depart only on November, 10th.
We warmly recommend organisations and institutions planning to apply for a European Heritage Volunteers Partner Project 2019 or 2020 to take part at the European Heritage Volunteers Partner Projects Coordinators' Meeting 2018 and the Conference "Volunteering for Cultural Heritage".