The HIMIS partners met for the fourth partnership meeting in Bristol, United Kingdom. Our venue was the SS Great Britain, a historic ship that is one of Britain’s most interesting heritage sites.
Each of the schools is progressing well with developing their projects. The teachers are working with groups of students aged between 11 and 18 and from a great variety of backgrounds. The Marco Gavio Apicio school in Anzio is developing a tour of a local park, that is also an archaeological site, exploring it through touch, sight, hearing, taste and smell. The 3rd Genyko Likeyo in Kerkyra, Corfu, is exploring heritage at five sites through story telling, an interactive tour, recording, photography and drama. The Zespół Szkół nr 6 in Wroclaw is discovering the stories of the Town Hall through photography, drama, a blog and a guided tour. The Kastelbergschule in Waldkirch is researching the stories of the town’s organ building and fairground industries.
The visit included a guided tour of SS Great Britain, which was the first iron ship to be driven by steam with a screw propeller, and was the largest ship in the world when it was built.
The HIMIS partners met for the third partnership meeting in Corfu. Our venue was the National Library in Kerkyra, situated in the Old Fortress.
In this meeting, we discussed progress by all the schools in developing their heritage interpretation projects following the training course in September. Each school had chosen sites to base their projects, and a range of activities to explain their heritage features. The schools had also selected the students that would be involved in the project and begun to include them in the planning process.
The schools are now making detailed plans for each of the projects, including a programme of activities and a timetable for delivery. We meet again in January to check progress and to share each schools’ experiences in developing their projects.
A very important part of the HIMIS project is training in heritage interpretation techniques for teachers in each of the schools. The training introduces the teachers to interpretation and shows how it can be used.
We held a five-day training course in Kerkyra, Corfu, from 11th to 15th September 2017. The training was designed, managed and performed by experts in Heritage Interpretation and intercultural communication using the amazing natural, cultural and historical Heritage of the city.
The training course included a visit to the Old Fortress in Kerkyra where we learned about its history and its many stories. We held classroom sessions on how to prepare an interpretation plan and how to put together a programme of interpretation activities. The teachers from each school then prepared their own tour of the Old Fortress that they presented at the end of the course.
The course has helped the teachers to develop their own school interpretation programmes, which they will be preparing, and delivering, over the next few months.
HIMIS partners Peter Seccombe (Red Kite, UK) and Patrick Lehnes (University of Freiburg) were active at Interpret Europe’s Prague Spring Event “Crossing Borders in May 2017. 75 participants from all over Europe discussed new developments in theory and practice of Heritage interpretation.
Patrick presented his investigations on what the recent tide of populism means for heritage interpretation. This is a part of the preparations for the HIMIS joint staff training which is planned for September. Populist movements need to be understood and addressed if migrant inclusion is to succeed. This requires us to reflect on the conceptual framework and philosophy of heritage interpretation in relation to collective identities and stereotypes. An interesting discussion followed the presentation when the Coordinator of the European Heritage Days asked how to overcome separation of ethnic groups and divisive collective identities in countries such as Bosnia. The full paper is published in the conference proceedings.
The second presentation by Patrick and Peter introduced the rationale, the partnership and the major activities of the HIMIS project itself. The ppt presentation can be downloaded here.
Our second meeting took place in the historic city of Wroclaw in Poland, on 6th – 7th April 2017.
During this meeting we discussed the heritage projects the four schools had identified that could be used for heritage interpretation activities, and the progress that had been made on disseminating the project, including through this website.
We explored different opportunities of interpretation, with each school looking at how Wroclaw’s Town Hall could be explained to a group of migrants. The teachers discussed different types of media that would be relevant to their students and audiences, including self-guided tours, audio, role-playing, storytelling and events and activities.
An important part of the two-day meeting was to plan the next session, which is the training course for teachers that will take place in Corfu later in the year.
The Kick-off meeting was held in Anzio (Rome) on 15th -16th December 2016.
The first transnational meeting allowed the partners to present each other, addressing management, financial, dissemination and monitoring issues as well as the overall work plan.
The partnership had the opportunity to share and overview the whole project aims, results, activities and to set the activities for the Outputs.
All Partners merged their knowledge and experiences to create the innovative products expected by the project.