European Heritage Volunteers regularly organises European Heritage Training Courses in traditional handcraft techniques. These training courses aim to both skilled young craftsmen as well as to interested amateurs without formal education, but with practical experience in handicraft.
The courses focus on traditional carpentry, traditional masonry, traditional clay techniques and others and provide knowledge in techniques which had been essential in the traditional practice of these handicrafts, but which came out of use during the last decades, mostly because they are – in comparison with nowadays used approaches – significant more time-consuming and therefore understood as “not effective ones”.
European Heritage Volunteers aims to conserve and to distribute this knowledge by European Heritage Training Courses which are led either by experienced older craftsmen with own long-year experience in the field either by younger craftsmen with additional education in traditional techniques, certificated with the title “Restorer in Handicraft” and which are taking place on-site at endangered heritage sites, contributing to their conservation, restoration and revitalisation.
Furthermore, European Heritage Volunteers supports the conceptual development and realisation of similar courses that are then carried out by its partner organisations or institutions in other European countries.
For 2018, European Heritage Training Courses will be partly organised in combination with European Heritage Volunteers Projects resp. Partner Projects and partly as separate courses organised either by European Heritage Volunteers, either by one or the other of its partners. Training Courses in traditional carpentry, traditional masonry, dry stone walling, stone cutting, earth building, restoration of ceramics and other topics are available. Since the conditions for participation and the application scheme differ so far from Training Course to Training Course we kindly ask you to contact us directly if you will be interested in one or the other of the above mentioned topics.
From 2019 on, European Heritage Volunteers and its partners will offer a standardised system of European Heritage Training Courses with synchronized quality standards, application procedures and participation fees.