In order to promote the idea of volunteering for heritage in general and especially the World Heritage Volunteers initiative European Heritage Volunteers produced an exhibition about World Heritage Volunteers.
The exhibition exists in a German and an English version and both versions currently consist of ten panels, every of a size of 198 cm x 85 cm – two panels explaining the World Heritage Volunteers initiative in general, one panel showing all World Heritage Volunteers projects worldwide since the beginning of the initiative on a map, four panels presenting high quality World Heritage Volunteers projects in Europe, and three panels presenting per one project in the UNESCO regions Africa, Asia and the Pacific and in Latin America.
In the same time the exhibition shows both cultural and natural World Heritage sites such as both sites inscribed on the World Heritage List and sites from the Tentative Lists. The sites in Europe had been selected also by taking in account the aim to illustrate the diversity of cultural heritage – showing a historical town, a complex of castles and the surrounding parks, an industrial heritage site from the 19th century and a former military site.
The exhibition will be permanent actualised and after every World Heritage Volunteers cycle will be added presentations of projects combining a high heritage linked quality with a well developed volunteering approach.
The German version of the exhibition is presented since 2015 as a permanent exhibition in Weimar (Germany, Thuringia) at the former Garden Inspector’s House of Belvedere Castle Complex.
The exhibition which had been festive inaugurated by Mr. Hellmut Seemann, president of Klassik Stiftung Weimar (Weimar Classic Foundation), is accompanied by video sequences of some of the presented World Heritage Volunteers projects in Europe.
The exhibition is open in the summer season daily except Monday, from October till April from Monday to Friday. In the summer season international volunteers from European Heritage Volunteers are available for the visitors answering their questions concerning World Heritage Volunteers in general, the World Heritage Volunteers project at Belvedere Park and other possibilities for volunteering at heritage sites.
During the first five months the exhibition had been attended by more than 6,300 visitors.
The English version of the exhibition had been presented in June 2015 in the framework of the World Heritage Young Experts Forum at Fortress Ehrenbreitstein in Koblenz (Germany, Rhineland-Palatinate) and in July 2015 at the 39th Session of the World Heritage Committee in Bonn (Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia).
Furthermore, the exhibition had been presented during some of the World Heritage Volunteers projects having taken place in 2015 and 2016 in Europe in order to strengthen the network of the participating organisations and institutions.
Currently, an exhibition about European Heritage Volunteers Partner Projects is under preparation. The exhibition will present the project type European Heritage Volunteers Partner Projects in general and every Partner Project on a separate panel. The exhibition will be produced in the same design as the exhibition about World Heritage Volunteers projects so that it can be presented as well separately as in combination with the exhibition about World Heritage Volunteers.
In case you would be interested to present one of the mentioned exhibitions about volunteering for heritage in the framework of an activity linked to heritage, to volunteering or to both topics, do not hesitate to contact us. Depending on the time and the place you plan to present the exhibition, the duration, the kind of transport and other parameters we would be able or to send the whole exhibition inclusive the presentation system, or the panels without the presentation system or only the files to print the panels at your place yourself.