During the past months, Heritage-Pro partners have formed working groups for the development of the five modules composing our multilingual training scheme. After the partners meeting last 30th September-1st October in Varberg, Sweden, and the editing work done by the lead partner RESTRADE, the modules are now almost ready to go for the first testing phase. In this phase cultural heritage managers and other experts will provide their feedback to our modules. Improvements will be then implemented, after which the modules will go for a second training phase at the national level. Here we offer you an overview of what you will be able to find in the different training modules.
The first Heritage-Pro module serves as an introduction to the whole training program. It explains the broad and changing concept of cultural heritage, presents the variety of stakeholders involved in its care, preservation, enhancement and enjoyment and stresses the need for interdisciplinary teams to accomplish the task. Module 1 also deals with the challenges and opportunities that the cultural heritage sector is facing and what can a cultural heritage manager do to make the best out of them.
Efficient team working and effective interdisciplinary conflict resolution is the topic of Module 2. Within this Module, the learner will gain social competences (social, emotional, cognitive and behavioural skills needed for successful social adaptation), process understanding and knowledge as well as how to develop specific attitudes needed to successfully and effectively moderate a team working in an interdisciplinary project environment.
Preservation of cultural heritage actual experiences a radical shift from a focus on “right preservation” to a search of an “appropriate use”. Topic of Module 3 is to impart basic knowledge and basic capabilities for the new world of developing and managing an appropriate use of cultural heritage and for the attempt to increase their positive social, economic, cultural and ecological effects.
Module 4, on its turn, deals with approaches and methods for understanding and organizing an active inclusion of volunteers interested in cultural heritage, the involvement of local citizens and citizens’ initiatives as well as the handling and inclusion of NGOs and local actors such as mayors and local councils. It also targets how to recognize, handle and include interests of various stakeholders like investors, tourism agencies and other future users of cultural heritage sites.
Finally, Module 5 focuses on the communication competences, soft skills and tools required for professionals across disciplines to be able to effectively communicate internally and externally in the preservation and valorisation of cultural heritage. At the internal level, sensitive communication is a key issue when working with different disciplines. Furthermore, moving from the traditional supply-driven approach to rather demand-driven preservation management approaches (or adding to the first) requires getting to know the target expert and non-expert audience(s) and being able to convey key messages according to their expectations and needs.
Heritage-Pro – Interdisciplinary Training for Professionals of Different Disciplines Towards Sustainable Management and Preservation of Cultural Heritage is a transnational initiative supported by the European ERASMUS+ funding scheme 2018-2021. The consortium – made of six European partners from Germany, Spain, Austria, Sweden and a European network – strives to answer to the continuing call for interdisciplinary training for professionals of different disciplines towards sustainable management and preservation of cultural heritage.
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