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.

 

Conservation works at the world’s oldest boat lift & other structures
World Heritage site Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining Region - Halsbrücke / Saxony
GERMANY

Volunteering Project 2020
Conservation of an ore processing site & extension of an exhibition
World Heritage site Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining Landscape - Altenberg & Zinnwald / Saxony GERMANY
GERMANY

Volunteering Project 2020
Valorisation of mining heritage
Markus Röhling Mine Annaberg-Buchholz, Ore Mountains Cultural Landscape / Saxony
GERMANY

Past Volunteering Project
Mapping & documentation of industrial heritage
Ivanic Grad / Zagreb County
CROATIA

Past Volunteering Project
Innovative interpretation of industrial heritage
Rijeka / Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
CROATIA

Past Volunteering Project
Restoration of traditional wooden shingle roofs at a visitors' mine
Freiberg, Ore Mountains Cultural Landscape / Saxony
GERMANY

Past Volunteering Project
Research & preservation of mining heritage
Freiberg & Halsbrücke, Ore Mountains Cultural Landscape / Saxony
GERMANY

Past Volunteering Project
Preservation & maintenance of mining heritage
Schneeberg & Zschorlau, Ore Mountains Cultural Landscape / Saxony
GERMANY

Past Volunteering Project