The project "Good practices of volunteering for European cultural heritage" represents the outcome of European Heritage Volunteers’ long experience in volunteering for heritage which condensed in 2018/2019 on occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. It comprised more than 50 volunteering activities at various kinds of architectural heritage in more than 20 European countries where local heritage activists and almost 800 young heritage professionals jointly engaged for the rescue, conservation and revitalisation of heritage sites. Based on an international network of heritage professionals and stakeholders the project developed, monitored and evaluated quality standards for volunteering for heritage. Under the guidance of specialists who transmitted traditional techniques and heritage-related skills the young participants gained practical experience which complemented their theoretical education. The projects’ outcomes were disseminated by numerous seminars, two conferences, a touring exhibition and a publication thus aiming to sustain the voluntary engagement for European architectural heritage.

A summary of the umbrella project you can find here.

Details about the particular activities which had been part of the umbrella project - the volunteering projects, training courses, seminars, conferences and exhibitions - you can find on our website as well as our Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels.


The publication "Good practices of volunteering for European cultural heritage" provides a differentiated and multilayered insight in the field of volunteering for heritage and an overview about the wide spectrum of the European Heritage Volunteers Programme and gives testimony of the manifold personal experiences within the programme - of project coordinators, technical instructors, group coordinators and participants. In total, it collects contributions from almost fifty authors from around thirty countries from Europe and beyond.

Find the content table here. The pdf of the complete publication you can access here.

The publication is also available as hard copy. If you are interested, please, send an email to

European Heritage Volunteers