Unfortunately, technical heritage is among the wider public sometimes not understood as “real” heritage, often it stands in the shadow of the “traditional” heritage sites – cathedrals, castles, historic towns. On the other hand the technical development created just the base which enabled the construction of those heritage sites – as well by developing and enlarging the technical facilities as by creating the necessary economic conditions.

Meanwhile there is throughout Europe a more or less similar understanding about the value of fortresses and castles, churches and monasteries, historic town halls and similar heritage sites, the understanding and the public appreciation of technical heritage strongly differs between the particular European countries – some countries have a very strong and living tradition in preserving technical and industrial heritage meanwhile in some other countries that is not at all the case and the interest for technical heritage is limited only on a very small circle of enthusiasts.

So, international volunteering at technical heritage sites can help to create bridges between those different traditions and approaches, in the same time creating more public attention for technical heritage sites and supporting the local enthusiasts in their efforts to conserve and to restore a specific technical heritage site.


In 2018, European Heritage Volunteers organises one project aiming to the restoration and maintenance of technical heritage sites. The project will take place – as the project in the previous year, too – at the Historic Mining Region Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains), Saxony. The 2018 project will take place in Schneeberg region in the Western part of the Historic Mining Region Ore Mountains meanwhile the project in 2017 took place in and around Freiberg, in the Eastern part of the region.

Find following the description of the 2018 project and below for your orientation the description of the previous years’ project.