Sharing Heritage – Sharing Engagement

Beyond the European Year of Cultural Heritage


Within the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, European Heritage Volunteers developed, organised and evaluated under the title “Best practise models of volunteering for European Cultural Heritage” volunteering projects for European Cultural Heritage in various contexts, in order to apply the experiences gained here to other heritage sites and to initiate later similar projects at these and other sites all over Europe.

To enable these experiences to be applied in the best way possible, the projects used different heritage-related and pedagogical methods, which were carried out in different configurations with smaller and bigger project partners and which aimed to different categories of cultural heritage. The overall project illustrated the wide variety of European Cultural Heritage and focused on underappreciated types of heritage and on heritage sites which are overlooked by the public and urgently need support. The projects aimed to raise awareness of these sites, to provide the necessary knowledge for their rescue, conservation and restoration and to encourage the local community to engage with their endangered heritage.     


In order to continue and to sustain these activities European Heritage Volunteers and its partners developed the project “Sharing Heritage – Sharing Engagement”.

The overall project consists of heritage volunteering projects and heritage training courses that will take place between May and November 2019 all over Europe and are aimed at both young adults with and without previous education in the field of heritage, and to students and young professionals. The groups usually consist of twelve to fifteen participants and are interdisciplinary and international.    

The 2019 programme includes the preservation of a church from the 11th century and the related ensemble in Armenia, conservation activities at a medieval fortress in Slovakia and a wooden church in Northern Russia, restoration works at the interior of a monastery in Poland and at sculptures in public spaces in Portugal. A special focus will lie on preservation activities at heritage sites in rural regions – so in Albania and Finland. Several of the projects will be dedicated to special categories of heritage – to historic parks and gardens, Jewish cemeteries and industrial heritage. Finally, several projects will provide knowledge about traditional handicrafts as a about dry stone wall techniques, restoration of historic windows and of coloured surfaces. 

“Sharing Heritage – Sharing Engagement” is based on an existing network of partners, but it is open to be joined by new partners from all over Europe.  “Sharing Heritage – Sharing Engagement” is foreseen to be continued beyond 2019.

The detailed programme will be published in February 2019.


For your orientation find below so long the description of the project "Best practice models of volunteering for European Cultural Heritage" which European Heritage Volunteers had organised on occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage:


The year 2018 had been declared as „European Year of Cultural Heritage“. This title combines with “Europe” and “heritage” two of the three main topics European Heritage Volunteers is working on since a long time – the third topic, “volunteering”, plays so far a less important role in the discussions about and in the activities for the European cultural heritage than it could play.

Therefore, European Heritage Volunteers will link most of its activities planned for 2018 with the “European Year of Cultural Heritage” and carry out additional projects aiming to a higher acceptance of volunteering as an appropriate tool for the protection, the conservation and the awareness rising for European cultural heritage.     


In particular, European Heritage Volunteers has developed a project under the title “Best practice models of volunteering for European Cultural Heritage” that had been selected by the German National Committee for Heritage Protection, the responsible body for the “European Year of Cultural Heritage” in Germany, as one of only few “projects of all-state relevance”.

The project aims to develop models for heritage volunteering projects in cooperation with different types of partners at different types of heritage sites while using different methods that will be later applicable in Germany as well as in other European countries.

The project shall illustrate the wide variety of cultural heritage and puts therefore a special focus on underappreciated types of heritage that are often in the shadow of the “traditional heritage” – as heritage at risk, prehistoric heritage, park & garden heritage, technical heritage or cultural landscapes. In addition, the project aims to underline the European character of cultural heritage while dealing with heritage sites where that European dimension is significant as for example at Jewish heritage and at transboundary heritage sites.     

The project consists of one volunteering project in conjunction with the European Heritage Summit, several practical heritage volunteering projects taking place all over Germany, one accompanying Social Media Volunteers for Heritage project and a final conference in the frame of the European Heritage Fair “denkmal”.


In addition, European Heritage Volunteers organises in the frame of the “European Year of Cultural Heritage” during summer 2018 “corresponding projects” in other European countries.


A final publication will content the project’s results, including the experiences of the projects in Germany and the “corresponding projects” in other European countries in the frame of the “European Year of Cultural Heritage” in 2018 as well as of the projects that had been started as an outcome of the “European Year of Cultural Heritage” in 2019 all over Europe.


Find the complete list of projects here and more details about the particular projects under following links:

    • Volunteering Project in conjunction with the European Heritage Summit
    • Social Media Volunteers for Heritage Project
    • [l#EuropeanHeritageVolunteersProjects/ArchaeologicalHeritage/MediationOfArchaeologicalHeritageAtAnOpenAirMuseum|Heritage Volunteering Project "Mediation and Communication of Archaeological Heritage at an Open Air Museum" ]
    • [l#EuropeanHeritageVolunteersProjects/HeritageInDanger/DocumentationOfAFormerGrandHotelAndRestorationOfItsPark|Heritage Volunteering Project "Documentation of the Interior of a former Grand Hotel and Restoration of its Historic Park"]
    • [l#EuropeanHeritageVolunteersProjects/TechnicalHeritage/PreservationAndMaintenanceOfMiningHeritage2018|Heritage Volunteering Project "Preservation and Maintenance of Mining Heritage"]
    • [l#EuropeanHeritageVolunteersProjects/HistoricalParksAndGardens/RestorationAndMaintenanceOfHistoricalParksAndGardens|Heritage Volunteering Project "Restoration and Maintenance of Historical Parks and Gardens"]
    • [l#EuropeanHeritageVolunteersProjects/CulturalLandscapes/MaintenanceOfCulturalLandscapeAndTraditionalStoneTechniques|Heritage Volunteering Project "Maintenance of a Cultural Landscape & Traditional Dry Stone Techniques"]
    • [l#EuropeanHeritageVolunteersProjects/JewishHeritage/RescueAndDocumentationOfJewishCemeteries|Heritage Volunteering Project "Rescue and Documentation of Jewish Cemeteries"]
    • Conference "Volunteering for Cultural Heritage"


The German version of a flyer that provides information about the project "Best practice models of volunteering for European Cultural Heritage" you can download here.