European Heritage Volunteers organises an annual conference under the title "Volunteering for European Cultural Heritage".


In 2019, the conference is jointly organised by the National Heritage Board of Poland, European Heritage Volunteers, the International Cultural Centre Kraków and Fundacja Chronic Dobro will take place in Kraków / Poland. It will start on November, 27th, evening, with a networking dinner and an exhibition and end on November, 28th, 2019, afternoon.

As the final event of the 2019 European Heritage Volunteers Programme and the 2019 edition of the "Together for Heritage" programme of the National Heritage Board of Poland, the conference will showcase the importance of volunteering as an appropriate tool for awareness raising, documentation, rescue, and preservation of cultural heritage, as well as for non-formal heritage education. It will serve as a platform to present examples of good practice, exchange experiences, and to stimulate further heritage volunteering projects all across Europe.

Examples of good practice in heritage volunteering within Poland and other European countries will illustrate the potential of cultural heritage volunteering. These examples demonstrate the applicability of volunteering for various types of heritage, various heritage-linked tasks, as well as different constellations of cooperation between non-governmental organisations, public authorities, foundations and other stakeholders active in the field of heritage.

The conference will gather representatives from organisations, institutions, and initiatives which have either organised or plan to organise projects involving heritage volunteering and heritage education. Representatives of state authorities, heritage administrations, as well as citizens with personal experience in volunteering for cultural heritage will also be present. A special focus will be placed on projects directed at young adults, students, and young professionals.

Apart from the presentations, the conference will provide space for networking opportunities – in order to exchange about past and current projects, discuss ideas for future projects, and to strengthen and develop international cooperation in the fields of volunteering for cultural heritage and non-formal heritage education.


The schedule of the conference you can download here.

Two weeks prior to the conference a detailed schedule will be uploaded which will contain the topics and the speakers of the particular project presentations from Poland and across Europe. 

The participation at the conference is free of charge. Conference languages will be English and Polish. Deadline for application will be November, 11th, 2019. The registration form you can access here. A confirmation will not be sent. 



The previous conference had been organised within the framework of Europe's Leading Trade Fair for Conservation, Restoration and Old Building Renovation “denkmal” in Leipzig, Germany, and took place on November, 8th, 2018.

The conference was a part of Germany's official programme on occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and the final event of European Heritage Volunteers’ project “Best practice models of volunteering for European Cultural Heritage” within the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage as well as the opening of European Heritage Volunteers' overall project "Sharing Heritage - Sharing Engagement".


For your orientation, find the programme of the 2018 conference here.