Heritage Times, which had started in 2015 as a joint initiative of European Heritage Volunteers and Europa Nostra and will be continued from April 2019 on by European Heritage Volunteers, is a digital newspaper contaning personal stories about European heritage.
Young writers from all over Europe, with various professional and educational backgrounds, and mostly aged between 23 and 35 years, report on heritage-linked themes from their home countries and other European locations where they have encountered different aspects of heritage.
The range of topics vary greatly and aim to illustrate the richness and diversity of European heritage. Apart from "standard" cultural heritage, Heritage Times explores natural heritage, industrial heritage and intangible heritage, too. Special focus is given to over-looked and endangered heritage sites, as well as to civl society's engagement in heritage at local and regional levels.
The stories are published on the Heritage Times website which is linked with various social media channels.
For the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, a printed version of Heritage Times has been produced. It is planned to produce printed editions of Heritage Times in a biannual rhythm.
The writers contribute to Heritage Times writing on a voluntary basis as well as handling photo uploads, proof-reading, managing social media channels and various other background tasks. The management of the Heritage Times project itself is also carried out voluntarily by representatives of European Heritage Volunteers.
Each year a group of ten to fifteen new volunteers join the team. With their application they commit to actively participate in Heritage Times for at least one year. The selected volunteers are then invited to a one-week Introduction and Training Seminar that is organised by European Heritage Volunteers and takes place near Weimar, Germany.
Here, knowledge about different aspects of heritage, journalistic issues and Heritage Times itself is shared. In addition to this, the seminar provides a space where the volunteers can exchange with each other about their backgrounds and motivations, get to know each other, and establish personal and professional relationships which enable them to actively participate in spreading the message about European heritage upon returning home.