For a network as Social Media Volunteers for Heritage with members working in different countries, remote from each other and with limited opportunities of physical meetings, it is very important to have a common understanding about the topic in order to be able to speak with one voice. Therefore the participation at a Social Media Volunteers for Heritage Training Seminar is a mandatory condition to become a part of Social Media Volunteers for Heritage.
During the Training Seminars the participants receive basic theoretical background about heritage and study different aspects of heritage. They get to know different tools useful for reporting about heritage and are instructed concerning journalistic standards. They have the possibility to get to know each other, to exchange about their own experiences in these fields and to share best practise examples.
The central part of the Training Seminars is the journalistic work “in the field” – exercises about real heritage-linked topics. During a “Day of Inspiration” the participants get to know various heritage sites representing different types of heritage and different approaches to handle heritage-linked issues. On the following day they are asked to work in groups of two persons concerning one or more of these sites while following special thematic lines as “hidden heritage”, “multilayered heritage”, “new ways of reception of heritage”, “public accessibility of heritage” or “heritage and civil society”. The results are presented to all participants, used as examples to discuss structural, content-linked and journalistic questions and are later published at www.heritagetimes.eu.
Social Media Volunteers for Heritage Training Seminars are lead by a team of European Heritage Volunteers, for one day representatives of Europa Nostra join the seminar to provide their knowledge and to assist in journalistic and technical questions.
At the Training Seminars usually participate around twelve to fourteen volunteers - two volunteers, that are already a part of Social Media Volunteers for Heritage, and ten to twelve newcomers.
The participation at the Social Medai Volunteers for Heritage Training Seminars is free of charge, board and accommodation are paid by European Heritage Volunteers. For the two volunteers that had been taken part already in previous seminars and are invited to create a bridge between the former groups of Social Media Volunteers for Heritage and the current group European Heritage Volunteers coveres the travel costs, too.
The Social Media Volunteers for Heritage Training Seminars take place once per year and is held in Weimar, Germany.
The first Social Media Volunteers for Heritage Training Seminar was held in August / September 2016 - find the report here.
The second Social Media Volunteers for Heritage Training Seminar was held in September 2017 - find the report here.
The third Social Media Volunteers for Heritage Training Seminar will take place from June, 12th, to June, 16th, 2018 in Weimar.
On the occassion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage the Training Seminar 2018 will be linked to the European Heritage Summit that will take place from June, 17th, to June, 24th, 2018 in Berlin. The participants of the Training Seminar are invited to move on June, 16th, from Weimar to Berlin and to report - together with some volunteers that are already active as Social Media Volunteers for Heritage since 2016 or 2017 - from the European Heritage Summit.
Find more information here.