Interdisciplinary Training camp at the World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley in Germany for young Professionals of Different Disciplines in the Cultural Heritage sector  

April 19 and 20, 2021

HERITAGE-PRO is an initiative of six European partners from five countries who have set the goal of responding to the continuous call for interdisciplinary training of professionals from different disciplines for the sustainable management and preservation of cultural heritage. The main objective of HERITAGE-PRO is therefore to improve interdisciplinary skills in cultural heritage management. The aim is to bring together technical and methodological expertise from different disciplines relevant to cultural heritage conservation. The project develops 4 main outcomes:

  1. A multilingual training scheme with an interdisciplinary approach that addresses disciplines relevant for the successful management of cultural heritage.
  2. Multilingual guidelines for cultural heritage managers as a practical implementation tool for each of the training modules, which helps to organising the process of bringing together different people from diverse disciplines.
  3. A training kit as a ready-to-use implementation tool that supports and facilitates the implementation from an organisational point of view with ready-to-use templates.
  4. A two-day training camp for young professionals that brings together people from the various professional disciplines, both academic and non-academic.

The Training Camp

The two-day training camp will take place on April 19 and 20, 2021 in the region of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Upper Middle Rhine Valley” between Frankfurt and Cologne in Germany. It aims at bridging the interdisciplinary gap that results from the cooperation of different professional disciplines. The camp is intended to bring together young people who are at the beginning of their careers and come from very different disciplines related to the administration and preservation of cultural heritage. By bringing the disciplines together, an understanding of the different opinions, training, expectations and working styles is to be created. Ultimately, the aim is to strengthen cooperation beyond the individual disciplines. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to build and deepen their own network of European experts, strengthen interdisciplinary competences and learn about the materials and results developed in the HERITAGE-PRO project.

The program of the training camp is based on the HERITAGE-PRO training modules, the guidelines, the training kit and a complementary leisure and social program. Through the social program (e.g. group tasks, getting to know each other, etc.) the different professional groups are to come closer and mutual understanding for each other is to be developed. In addition, information on career opportunities in the field of cultural heritage is provided and HERITAGE-PRO materials are applied, tested and evaluated in practice.

The “Häusener Kran” in St. Goarshausen (Rhineland-Palatinate) will serve as a practical application and teaching example. The “Häusener Kran” is an industrial monument from the year 1917, which will be restored in 2021. The crane is located in the middle of the region of the UNESCO World Heritage “Upper Middle Rhine Valley”. The participants will also be accommodated in this region during the training camp.

“Häusener Kran” in St. Goarshausen.
“Häusener Kran” in St. Goarshausen. – Image Source: Entwicklungsagentur Rheinland-Pfalz e.V.

Program of the camp

We recommend arriving the day before the training camp starts. The evening before, there will be an informal get-together and first meeting of the participants.

The first day of the training camp consists of an introduction program for the participants, training on the basics of interdisciplinary cooperation and an introduction to the materials of HERITAGE-PRO. In the afternoon the „Häusener Kran“ will be visited together with experts from the field of monument protection and restoration. The focus will be on practical and administrative procedures for the preservation of cultural heritage sites and the exchange with the experts. The evening is at your own disposal. All participants have the opportunity to participate in a tasting of regional wines.

The next day, small interdisciplinary teams will test the application of HERITAGE-PRO materials in the morning, using the example of the Häusen crane, and discuss the results. In the afternoon there will be a boat trip on the Rhine as well as a visit to a castle in the World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley and a subsequent exchange with experts from the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage Rhineland-Palatinate. Afterwards there will be the possibility of departure. Alternatively, the participants can leave the next day and finish the evening and the training camp together.

Since participants from all over Europe will be attending the training camp, the working language will be English.

Day 0, April 18 2021:

During the day/in the evening Arrival on place and in accomodation

Day 1, April 19 2021

9.30 – 10.30 Introductury programme
10.45 – 12.30 Introduction to HERITAGE-PRO
14.00  – 17.00 Site visit of „Häusener Kran“ and expert talk
Evening Free time; Optional: wine tasting

Day 2, April 20 2021

9.30 – 12.30 Interdisciplinary group work: Application of the HERITAGE-PRO materials and discussion of the results
13.00 – 15.00 Boat trip through the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Upper Middle Rhine Valley” including lunch on board
15.00  – 17.00 Visit to a historical castle and exchange with experts
Evening Departure or common conclusion of the training camp

Participating in the training camp

The target group are postgraduates and young people who are at the beginning of their professional life and who have started or would like to start their first job in heritage preservation. It is aimed at non-academic and academic professionals:

  • Young professionals of the crafts sector (e.g. plumbers, carpenters, technicians, facility managers etc.)
  • Masters’ candidates, doctoral candidates and postgraduates of European universities in the fields of cultural management, cultural heritage, art history, architecture, urban and regional planning, geography, real estate management, etc. (but not exclusively)

Furthermore, candidates should be:

  • Interested in interdisciplinary exchange
  • Linked to a coming or on-going heritage preservation project or be interested to participate in one
  • Familiar with social media in order to communicate during the training camp
  • Available and willing to join a preparatory online meeting one week before the camp

Participants will receive a certificate about the successful participation in the training camp certifying newly obtained interdisciplinary competences.

How to apply?

For applying to participate in the training camp, the following documents are requested:

  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Letter of motivation (max. 1 page)

Application documents  as one PDF-File shall be uploaded to www.heritage-pro.eu/training-camp/ until December 31, 2020. A jury of heritage experts and representatives of various trades will review your application and you will be informed by January 31, 2021. Afterwards, detailed information on the program, travel-tips and further information needed will be provided.

Financing the training camp

Breakfast and lunch as well as the costs for experts, transportation within the program and snacks during the events are covered. Travel expenses, dinner and accommodation are to be paid by the participants themselves. It is recommended to arrive the day before the training camp starts. The organizers will recommend an accommodation in advance, which can be booked by the participants themselves.

Participants may be able to obtain funding for their participation in the training camp from different sources which the HERITAGE-PRO team has compiled in a list. For more information, please visit our website with a collection of scholarships and grants for various European countries in the category of the training camp.

Notes on the Coronavirus

The HERITAGE-PRO team keeps a close eye on further developments around the coronavirus. A possible format change to an online format will be decided at the beginning of spring 2021.

Any questions?

Do not hesitate to contact us: kolhey@ea-rlp.de or heritage-pro@kultur-und-arbeit.de

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