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
Árpád was the manager of Interpret Europe’s 2018 conference “Heritage and Identity”. We wrote this text as an into to his work.
As an architect and cultural heritage manager, I was always very much interested in the human – and especially the socio-cultural – aspects of my professional work. Encouraging people and communities to take part actively in shaping their environment and living spaces whilst creating existing heritage based on value has played a significant role in my practice. Building spaces and constructions is equally important for me as building communities.
26 October, 2018, 10am-4pm, Százhalombatta
This summer an international cooperation has been launched aiming to develop digital technology based interpretation tools for archaeological parks along the Danube. Cooperating partners are Pro Progressione, as well as Matrica Museum Százhalombatta, Lepenski Vir, Muzej vučedolske kulture / Vučedol culture museum, the Iron Gates Region Museum and University of Sounthhampton.
On 26 October we open the demo version of the theatre adventure game for testing. We are avaiting heritage professionals, educators and people interested in interpretation for a common brainstorming around the questions of heritage interpretation with digital tools.
Main questions of the day:
– How to use digital technology in a way that it doesn’t become competitor of materiality and physicality but complement them in a meaningful way
– What pedagogical goals can a theatrical/performative game using digital technology serve?
– Theatre game into digital app? Challenges, pitfalls and sustainability of adaptation
Invited guests of the day: Artur Šilić / Novena d.o.o., Ágnes-Karolina Bakk / Moholy-Nagy University
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