European Heritage Volunteers regularly organises Project Partners Meetings to gather representatives of the different organisations and institutions involved in various European countries in European Heritage Volunteers Projects and European Heritage Training Courses. These meetings allow the participating organisations and institutions to exchange experiences and best practice models, to develop common quality standards and to enable interaction and cooperation concerning the European Heritage Volunteers Projects and the European Heritage Training Courses as well as concerning other topics.
The costs for board and lodging during these meetings are covered by European Heritage Volunteers. If the participating organisation or institution had organised a European Heritage Volunteers Project or a European Heritage Training Course in the previous year or if a project submitted by the organisation or organisation for the current year will be accepted as a European Heritage Volunteers Project or European Heritage Training Course a part of the travel costs will be reimbursed by European Heritage Volunteers, too.
We warmly recommend organisations and institutions planning to apply for a European Heritage Volunteers Project or European Heritage Training Course for 2022 or later to take part at the European Heritage Volunteers Project Partners Meeting 2021 and the related conference. The Project Partners Meeting 2021 will take place from October, 25th, (arrival) till October, 30th, (departure) 2021 in Görlitz / Germany, the included conference on October, 29th, 2021. Depending on the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, possibly on October, 30th, will be organised an additional excursion to interesting heritage sites and heritage initiatives in the region, so that for those who want to participate in this excursion, departure will be on October, 31st.
Due to the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the originally planned European Heritage Volunteers Project Partners Meeting 2020 could not take place.
The European Heritage Volunteers Project Partners Meeting 2019 took place in November 2019, in Tyniec and Kraków / Poland. The first three days took place in Tyniec and have been dedicated to the evaluation of the 2019 projects and the planning of the 2020 projects.
On November, 28th, the annual conference "Volunteering for European Cultural Heritage" took place in Kraków and have been jointly organised by the Polish National Heritage Institut and European Heritage Volunteers.
The European Heritage Volunteers Project Partners Meeting 2018 took place in November 2018 in Weimar and Leipzig.
The first three days took place in Weimar and the programme was be comparable to the programme of the Project Partners Meetings in the previous years.
On the following day, European Heritage Volunteers organised within the framework of the "denkmal", Europe's Leading Trade Fair for Conservation, Restoration and Old Buildings Renovation, a conference under the title "Volunteering for European Cultural Heritage". The participants of the Coordinators' Meeting were invited to take part at the conference and to contribute to the conference's programme.
Participants of the Project Partners Meeting were welcome to spend an additional day at the "denkmal" as well as at the MUTEC, the International Trade Fair for Museum and Exhibition Technology, that took place parallely.
The European Heritage Volunteers Project Partners Meeting 2017 took place in November 2017 in Weimar, Germany and gathered representatives of heritage linked organisations and institutions from Belarus, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Russia.
The focus of the meeting lied on the evaluation of the 2017 project cycle, the detailed preparation of the 2018 cycle with a special focus on the activities in the frame of the European Year of Cultural Heritage as well as on the preparation of the 2019 project cycle. In addition to that a whole day had been dedicated to the presentation of the particular projects resp. project ideas in order to enable exchange of experiences and of best practice models.
Furthermore, an excursion to the World Heritage Site "Classical Weimar" focusing both in tangible and intangible heritage aspects had been organised. The highlight of the excursion was a guided visit of the historical Anna Amalia Library that had burned down in 2004. The visit provided a detailed inside view into the challenges to rescue, conserve and restore - tangible as well as intangible - heritage affected by catastrophes.
The European Heritage Volunteers Project Partners Meeting 2016 took place for logistic reasons in February 2017 and combined the evaluation of the 2016 project cycle as well as the preparation for the 2017 cycle.
The meeting gathered representatives from heritage linked organisations and institutions form Armenia, Belarus, Croatia, Germany, Kosovo, Poland and Spain.
The focus of the meeting lied on the exchange of experiences and of best practice models and on the detailed preparation of European Heritage Volunteers Partner Projects for 2017 and 2018.
In addition to that, examples of heritage linked volunteering projects in Weimar had been visited and a guided tour through garden and park heritage in Weimar had been provided. Since the majority of the participants of the Networking Meeting had a professional background in archaeology a guided tour through the Archaeological Museum of the State of Thuringia, held by its director, Dr. Diethard Walter, and a substantial and detailed excursion to various ongoing excavations in Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia, managed by the responsible archaeologist from the Archaeological Institute of the State of Thuringia, Dr. Karin Sczech, had been organised.