Multiplier events by Red Kite Environment, United Kingdom

The HIMIS Multiplier Event in the UK consisted of two presentations given at events attended by representatives of organisations involved in migrant and community issues, and in heritage interpretation. The events enabled learning from the HIMIS project to be disseminated to a variety of professionals involved in schools, youth groups and community associations, and to interpreters who help and support heritage organisations.

The first event was a one-day meeting of organisations responsible for providing support to migrant communities in South East England. The event brought together representatives of over 15 organisations that provide support and social activities for migrants and their families in South East England. Many of those attending were from a variety of cultural backgrounds. They worked closely with Indian, Pakistani, Caribbean, African and Nepali immigrants and people with immigrant backgrounds.

Peter Seccombe from Red Kite Environment gave a presentation about the HIMIS project and its aims for encouraging inclusion for migrant in schools and communities, which included showing the video of the Multiplier event in Anzio, Italy. The presentation was followed by questions and discussion on the benefits of using Heritage Interpretation techniques to encourage secondary age students in schools to get engaged in their local heritage and to help break down barriers between students from different cultural backgrounds.

The second event was the annual conference of the Association for Heritage Interpretation, held during October 2018. AHI is the United Kingdom’s professional association for people and organisations involved in heritage interpretation. It provides support and a platform for sharing expertise in interpretation in its many forms. Peter Seccombe gave a presentation to a group of heritage interpreters, explaining the opportunities the HIMIS project demonstrated for working with young people from migrant backgrounds. Those participating included staff involved in community projects and activities and interpretation consultants who provided expertise to the heritage interpretation profession.

HIMIS conclusive conference at Universität Freiburg, Germany. Thursday, 15.11.2018, 13:45 to 16:45 An event of the European Year for Cultural Heritage

The HIMIS multiplier event of the university of Freiburg took place in the historic Peterhofkeller. 45 participants from schools, teacher training institutions, public authorities and refugee support networks discussed the HIMIS and possibilities of mainstreaming. They enjoyed the videos from partner schools and engaged in group activities applying a new tool to map one’s own value priorities and compare them with those of others.

When hearing the words ‘inclusion’ most of us think about a task for refugees and others with migration background to integrate themselves into an open and plural society. But integration can only succeed to the extent as the local population is also open for people who are different and for cultural diversity.

The conference concluded that culture of memory and Heritage Interpretation can contribute a lot for this task – especially in partnering with schools. Cultural heritage can reveal the deep historic roots of Europe‘s fundamental values. They are founded in experiences of non-values such as intolerance, discrimination of minorities, disregard of human dignity, inequality or despotism – experiences which shaped the history of every town and every region.

All participants were enthusiastic about the potential of the HIMIS approach to foster social inclusion and European cohesion was very valuable, There was a strong view that that it should be mainstreamed, but also practical obstacles were discussed. The biggest obstacle: there would be too little freedom and too little staff resources to integrate a one school year long trans-disciplinary problem-solving project with students as co-creators into the formal teaching structures. Schools have to follow curricula that are structured according to school subjects with pre-defined learning outcomes. Nevertheless, possibilities were explored to offer the HIMIS teacher training course as a CPD offer at one of the training institutions and to exploit elements of the HIMIS approach for regular teacher training programmes.

Kastelbergschule Heritage Interpretation Event, 22 June 2018

On Friday, 22.06.2018, our multiplier event took place at the Kastelbergschule Waldkirch as part of our school anniversary, as well as the “Heimattage” in Waldkirch. This year, Waldkirch celebrated its anniversary: ​​1100 years since the city’s foundation. The Kastelbergschule also celebrated an anniversary: ​​our school became 50 years old this year! A big party accompanied this event.

The ethos of the HIMIS project reflected these activities well, as the students spent a whole school year thinking about ‘homeland’ and its implications and then celebrated the school festival.

The festival was officially opened by the school management who gave a short introduction to the film ‘Heimat’. The participating students and the teachers were then introduced to the audience and the film was shown to a wide audience. Many visitors came to the opening and were very interested in the HIMIS project.

Other performances took place every 45 min and every show was well attended. Between the performances, the students were available for visitors to ask questions and to offer feedback. While the film was being presented in a room, the students interviewed the visitors and received feedback on their work.

3rd Geniko Lykeio Heritage Interpretation Event, 23 May 2018

On Wednesday, May 23, at 9:15, students and teachers of the 3rd GEL of Corfu using the European program Erasmus + HIMIS travelled once again, not to a different place this time, but in time. During the multiplier event, students from the city’s high schools, teachers and representatives of the Education Administration were invited.

Through a different tour, with navigators two heroes from the 19thcentury, Spyretos and Aggiolina, all participants were “re – introduced” to four emblematic  city monuments – points, Liston, Kofineta, the Old Philharmonic and the Municipal Gallery of Corfu . The love story of two young people became the basic plot brought to light and in the background we have all the important historical events of this era. Play, music, painting, theater, digital media at the service of art and knowledge have revived another era and sensitized our audience to the values of our monuments and local culture.

The actors at all stages were the students of the Εrasmus plus team of the 3rd General Lyceum, as well as the students of the schools that responded to our invitation. A lesson of history and life attitude from students to students, which promotes our education and culture.

At 12:30 am, at the beautiful area of the Corfu Public Library, after completing the multiplier event tour, a short presentation of the special character of the program and its two year implementation by our school ,was held by teachers of our Erasmus team.

15.11.2018: HIMIS concluding conference at Universität Freiburg, Germany.

HIMIS conclusive conference at Universität Freiburg, Germany

Thursday, 15.11.2018, 13:45 to 16:45

An event of the European Year for Cultural Heritage

The challenge: Refugee crisis and xenophobic resentment

When hearing the words ‘inclusion’ most of us think about a task for refugees and others with migration background to integrate themselves into an open and plural society. But integration can only succeed to the extent as the local population is also open for people who are different and for cultural diversity.

Culture of memory and Heritage Interpretation can contribute a lot for this task – especially in partnering with schools.

Cultural heritage can reveal the deep historic roots of Europe‘s fundamental values. They are founded in experiences of intolerance, discrimination of minorities, disregard of human dignity, inequality despotism – experiences which shaped the history of every town and every region.

This conference is the German multiplier event of the HIMIS project. It will share and discuss the HIMIS approach. Students at the four European pilot schools interpreted the cultural heritage of the place where they live. They were assisted by school teachers who directed the process in a way that students were provoked to reflect about fundamental values and to interpret their theme from different historic people‘s perspectives.

During this event will HIMIS guidelines and the HIMIS teacher training course will be presented to a wider public.

Please find the full programme at the conference announcement (in German language) Programm – HIMIS Abschlussveranstaltung-Uni-Freiburg (pdf)


Zespol Szkol nr 6 Heritage Interpretation event, 23 April, 2018

On April 26th a meeting was held at the Town Hall in Wrocław prepared by students and teachers of Zespol Szkol nr 6 for students of other Wrocław schools and representatives of various institutions.

The ceremony was initiated by the project’s coordinator, Mr Marcin Królikowski, who presented the objectives and assumptions of the project. Our expert, Ms Agnieszka Janczyńska, prepared a short lecture on cultural heritage.

Then the history teacher told the audience what punishments were used in the Middle Ages and what the court system looked like. The students of the theater group led by Paweł Skonieczny presented a scene from the court.

The students of the invited schools could then put on costumes from the old era and they played the roles on the stage themselves.

Since the meeting place was the Town Hall, jigsaw puzzles with elements of the Town Hall were prepared. The group that completing the jigsaw puzzles in the fastest way was awarded a prize. Many legends are associated with the Town Hall. One of them our guests had to arrange from different parts.

At the end, each student answered 10 questions related to the history of the City Hall and medieval penalties. It was difficult to choose the winner because everyone was very attentive. We chose the best five. Congratulations!

After a tough test everyone could taste traditional Polish dishes.

5th transnational meeting, Waldkirch, Germany, 7 – 8 May, 2018

The fifth and last meeting of the HIMIS partners was held in the picturesque town of Waldkirch in Germany. Our venue was the Rotes Haus, a community building in the town.

The schools gave updates on their heritage interpretation events which are progressing really well. The students and staff of IPS Marco Gavio Apicio School in Anzio have completed their event, which was held in the grounds of the Vallo Latino Volsco park in Anzio. The event told the stories of the local tribe, the Volsci, and their battles with Rome 2000 years ago, recorded in Shakespeare’s play Coriolanus. They performed drama, told stories and served foods that would have been prepared by the Volsci.

The Zespół Szkół nr 6 in Wroclaw also completed its event, using the medieval Town Hall in Wroclaw to role-play a court trial, allocating appropriate punishments, photographing the friezes and decorations on the building and making jigsaws. The students served traditional foods as a finale.

The 3rd Genyko Likeyo in Kerkyra, Corfu, are preparing their activities, which will include stories at four locations in Kerkyra that represent critical periods of history for Corfu, the French and British occupations. The event will be held on 23rd May.

The Kastelbergschule in Waldkirch, are preparing role-playing and drama activities about the traditional clock-making and organ-building industries of the Black Forest. The event will be held on 22nd June.

The transnational meeting included a fascinating visit to the Elztal Museum in Waldkirch, with its collection of historic mechanical organs and orchestria.

IPS Marco Gavio APICIO School Heritage Interpretation Event, 6 April 2018

The students and staff of Marco Gavio Apicio School presented their heritage interpretation event in the grounds of the Vallo Latino Volsci in Anzio. The event, attended by groups of invited guests from the community and local schools, explained the diverse stories of the Volsci, the tribe that lived in the Anzio area 2000 years ago.

The students told stories of the Volsci’s battles with Rome, the Roman leader Coriolanus and some of the everyday aspects of their lives, such as the foods they ate and the wine they drank.

The event was a huge success, with students interpreting the stories through presentations, drama and serving foods made in traditional ways and audiences highly engaged by the stories of the Volsci.

Fourth transnational meeting in Bristol, United Kingdom, 29 – 30 January 2018

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.

Third transnational meeting in Corfu, 9 – 10 November 2017

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.