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.

Training course in Heritage Interpretation techniques Kerkyra, Corfu 11-15.09.2017

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 crossing borders in Prague 19-21.05.2017

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.

Second transnational meeting in Wroclaw

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.

Kick-Off Meeting in Anzio

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.