Mainly due to EU structural funds, millions of euros are invested into the field of heritage interpretation across the region. This includes new museums, exhibitions, education trails, restoration and promotion of cultural and natural heritage sites. The effort is often inspired by world-class interpretation projects implemented in Western Europe. New digital media and interactivities are often promoted as the modern way of approaching visitors. Few existing evaluation studies that emerged in the V4 in the recently show that the real performance/outputs of projects and the impact on visitors are behind descriptions in the grant applications. The reason is that projects do not put emphasis on the content development due to lack of know-how in heritage interpretation. Thus, the investments do not achieve their full potential because of missing soft-skills. Continue reading
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In Fülöp Goatfarm near the ruins of a medieval church and glass factory we have been renewing the community house that is used by Cultural Heritage Studies Program of Central European University (CEU) and KÖME (Association of Cultural Heritage Managers). We started the work of this season with a four day long construction camp where we and our enthusiastic volunteers made adobe base render on straw insulation. Those who came could move in fresh air, enjoy the nature, experience the joy of building together and serve a good aim besides getting familiar with the eco-friendly ways of building with the professional guidance of Sárkollektíva!
Photos of the camp are available here: Facebook album
KÖME started a one and a half years long project in co-operation with KON-TIKI Interpretive Planning, Training and Evaluation and Budapest Business School University of Applied Sciences (BGE) in December 2017. The main goal of the initiative is to raise the awareness for sustainable development with the help of easily achievable visitor evaluation in the management and development of interpretive sites. Continue reading
Heritage and Identity will be the theme of the next Interpret Europe Conference taking place from 23 to 26 March 2018 in Kőszeg, Hungary, close to the Austrian border. The Hungarian Association of Cultural Heritage Managers (KÖME) was granted the possibility to be the main organiser of the event. This is the first time a Hungarian member can invite international creative experts to home ground within this framework. Continue reading
The Association of Cultural Heritage Managers (ACHEM) and KON-TIKI Interpretive consultation, training and evaluation (Lüneburg, DE) develops together an educational program in natural and cultural heritage interpretation. The different methodologies of heritage interpretation are to date little reflected and rarely used in post-socialist European countries. Informal educational tools are also not yet systematically used in the academic eduational field and in applied heritage management. A main reason for this is the lack of practice-based training possibilities and the lack of structured knowledge on these issues in national languages.
In 2012 ACHEM’s founding member Árpád Bőczén has started a community development project in Délegyháza in collaboration with an architect and a dramaturge.