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Sustainability, heritage conservation and interpretation

Establishment of a new training centre in Pomáz

KÖME and the Cultural Heritage Studies programme of Central European University established a new training centre in association with the Duna-Ipoly National Park and Fülöp Goat Farm. The unique feature of this centre is its holistic approach to the traditionally separated fields of nature conservation and cultural heritage. We are aiming for showing the historical interaction between humans and the landscape.

The Fülöp Farm, where the centre is located is a special place. Goats are grazing in the forest as they would do it hundreds of years ago and the remnants of a small church and glass-manufacture can be found as well. The farm is at the heart of the Pilis Biosphere Reserve – one of the biggest boreal forests in Europe. The high biodiversity and the good ecological quality is the result of a historically unique menegement: this forest belonged to the king through centuries.

The Glashill Centre has the goal to show the historical interactions of forest and farming in a compelling way and to give a chance to personally connect to the players of these interactions. Historical forms of farming, forest-grazing, traditional gardening are to be found here, but organic cheese-production and a sustainable building are also offering a glimpse of a more environment-friendly future.

We are expecting here tourists, families with children, but also schools, students or civic organizations who are interested in our programmes. The education programme of CEU’s Cultural Heritage Studies is eminent among our offer they are teaching students while accessing an active archaeological dig. The interpretation techniques showing the features of the farm to the public are also the results and the focus of educational processes about heritage communication and management.

KÖME’s tasks were to elaborate a strategy for the long-term operation of the centre, to organise the renovation work as well as to elaborate training tools.

It was the first time that an interpretive master-plan was developed at a heritage site in Hungary. The Glashill centre does not only show the values of this place, but is also a model for interpretive communication in Hungary. To develop these interpretive tools, we worked together with the German KON-TIKI office.

In 2015 KÖME and KON-TIKI organised a training for trainers in interpretive planning.
You can find some photo impressions about it in our Facebook album.

In 2021 KÖME used the Glashill Centre as the location for its interpretive writing course Jó a szövegem? (in Hungarian).

Homepage of Glashill Centre: http://glasshill.eu/en

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