Volunteering is an ideal instrument to bring abandoned or overlooked heritage sites back to the awareness of the public. This may happen for different reasons: because a heritage site is in danger to fall in decay, because a heritage site which had been so far accessible for the public is endangered by privatisation, because important elements of a bigger heritage ensemble are in danger to become forgotten, or others.

In most of the cases the voluntarily engagement can be only the first step to draw the publics’ attention on the particular heritage site or on its state of conservation, and in a second step more substantial measures must follow. But sometimes interventions on a voluntary base which originally had been planned only as a singular or temporary action become the starting point of a long and sustainable process, of substantial and responsible activities for endangered heritages.

Also European Heritage Volunteers’ own history had started in that way – with small, temporary and very specific measures in order to protect endangered heritage sites from decay – as repairing roofs, undertaking water management measures, creating supporting constructions for the static stabilisation of heritage sites and similar activities. Having these own experiences in mind European Heritage Volunteers supports initiatives which are willing to overtake the – temporary or permanent – responsibility for endangered heritage sites by organising volunteering projects at these sites.

 

Find the detailed project descriptions for 2019 below.

Since the projects varie from year to year, find for better understanding of the European Heritage Volunteers Programme in addition descriptions of selected projects which took place in previous years.

Abolishment of recent conversions & uncovering of the original state
Former Grand Hotel Waldlust Freudenstadt / Baden-Württemberg
GERMANY

Project 2019
Conservation of Baroque marble elements
Church of Benedictine Abbey Tyniec / Malopolska Region
POLAND

Project 2019
Marking of the excavated outline of a former chapel with flagstones
Marksburg / Rhineland-Palatinate
GERMANY

Project 2019
Preservation of a traditional wooden chapel and a wooden water mill
Kenozero National Park / Archangelsk Region
RUSSIA

Project 2019
Restoration of plasters and coloured surfaces in a Renaissance castle
Erxleben Castle / Sachsen-Anhalt
GERMANY

Project 2019
Preservation of a church from 1303 and of surrounding monuments
Zorats Chutch / Vayodz Dzor Region
ARMENIA

Project 2019
Traditional masonry & rebuilding of traditional vaults
Tematín Castle / Trencín Region
SLOVAKIA

Project 2019
Preservation of an endangered church
St. Mary's Church at Maligrad Island / Korca Region
ALBANIA

Project 2019
Traditional stone techniques in a fortress complex
Couchy Castle / Aisne Départment
FRANCE

Past Project
Preservation of a church from the 11th century
Himara / Vlora Region
ALBANIA

Past Project
Documentation of Baroque wall paintings in a monastery church
Pidkamin / Lviv Oblast
UKRAINE

Past Project