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The 6th project meeting took place in Turkey on 12-13 June 2014. Participants in this meeting were from Belgium, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, and Romania.

The first day started with a partners meeting in order to discuss the finalization of the project results: the guidelines, good practices, needs assessment, final report and dissemination report.

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In the afternoon the partners worked on the final report form and reached common agreements on how to proceed until the end of the project. The partners were then guided through Laodikeia Ancient City and Akhan Kervansaray.

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The second day started with visiting the Hieropolis Ancient City in Pamukkale.

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In the afternoon the partners were given the possibility to visit a historical bazaar “Kaleiçi” and a textile centre “Babadağlılar İş Hanı”.

Traditional Turkish music was presented in “Külahçıoğlu Un Fabrikası” (a restorated mill), used as a conservatory.

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The group then visited a caricature and painting exhibition in “Merzeci Değirmeni” which is functioning as a youth centre in the city of Denizli.

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PRESS RELEASE

 5th ELHSM meeting

The Environmental Education Centre of Corfu is participating in the 2-year (2012-2014) European Grundtvig programme for carrying out research entitled “Experiential Learning in Historical sites and museums” A framework for practical co-operation activities between organisations from Italy, Belgium, Turkey, Romania and Lithuania, working in adult education.

It is a transnational project that aims to develop experiential learning activities in museums or historical sites in rural areas through exploring new guidelines which will enhance implement training pathways so as to enable these sites ‘come alive’ and boost the number of adult visitors.

The section of these educational paths being undertaken by the Greek team in collaboration with the Lithuanian team was presented in its final formulation during the meeting of all members held in Corfu from 8/04 to 11/04 at the Environmental Education Centre of Corfu at Alykes Lefkimmi.

Our partners were able to visit the Achillion Museum, the Old Fort, to experientially experience the Old Town- UNESCO World Heritage, lasting a very short time through a pre-cut path with the use of tablets providing basic information which had been installed as well as precise coordinates of the monuments to be visited. Additionally a visit was made to the agrotourist property of Ambelonas (the Vineyard at Triklino) a village in southern Corfu called Chlomos and Lake Korission and finally Lefkimmi as well as the historic area of Alykes, where the centre- premises are located.

During their stay, a rich cultural exchange of presentations, experiences, songs, drinks and meals took place as well as collaborative creative activities such as the making of soap and a photography contest; whilst at the same time a constructive partnership took place regarding the final steps of the project’s completion to be submitted July month end deadline.

From: Environmental Education Centre of Corfu.

On February 12-15 of 2014 the fourth meeting of the project „Experiential learning in historical sites and museums“ was held in Lithuania.

The fourth project meeting in Zarasai town was carried out with participants from the project partners: Lithuania, Italy, Belgium, Turkey and Greece. Only participants from Romania could not come. Representative from Turkey came from the Denizli town – the beautiful place atractive with the high mountains and the picturesque valleys. Italy was represented by guests from Mondavio town. It is said that this area is protected by the Castle and its towers. The ancient gods of the Sun, lush islands and historic ruins the country Greece was represented by the participants from Corfu (also known as Corfu or Corfu) Island. Old castles, gothic monuments, get bruised and modern architectural masterpieces of Belgium were represented by archaeological and cultural heritage specialist.

During the meeting on the first day , 13.02.2014, partners and guests of the project have already discussed about the performance, partnership, have analysed and developed overall project learning tactics and activities.

The first working day startedwith a meeting opening and review of the program of the meeting.

There was presented an annex to the needs analysis reportwith additional information for the questionnaire recorded by the Lithuanian partner on competences required by staff working in HSM to plan educational learning activities for adults.

The other item of the meeting was guidelines on how to plan experiential learning activities for adults. There were presented three documents. All partners agreed on the final version of this document.

In the afternoon a workshop was organised to discuss about dissemination: leaflets,blog, facebook page, google group, other material, newsletter.

The second working day, 14.02.2014, started with a debate about the good practices on experiential learning in museums.After the discussion about the good practices there was introduced a draftversion document with educational paths developed by each partner with different methodologies. All partners agreed on the final version of this document.

At the end of the meeting there were fixed the dates of the following meetings.

At the time of the cultural programme the participants of the project traveled round the edge of Zarasai Municipality.

After the first meeting activities a workshop was followed by a series of guided visits: The Oak of Stelmužė, The Apparition site of St. Virgin Mary, Dusetos art gallery, Sartai regional park, and finally the Watermill “Šlyninka”. The participants were exposed to many ways of getting to know the history of teritory: from authentic material, museum display, authentic equipment: mills, stone,millstones, rolling machines, old wooden circle, ancient kiln, food products, traditional clothes and elements of traditional life to practical experience of history.

After the last meeting a workshop was followed by a series of guided visits to sites: Observation wheel and the Museum of Zarasai, St. Marys’s the Suffering church in Salakas, Vida Žilinskienė “Sea Museum”, Gražutė regional park.

Of course there has not been forgotten Valentine’s day.

And it doesn’t matter that the date of the stay due to weather conditions were not favorable for trips-foreign guests were curious and sincere. People from Zarasai believe that the edge of the Zarasai Municipality was fun and useful and each from their own country took only good impressions. And as otherwise! After all, some of participants for the first time saw the ice on lakes and stood on the ice. So Zarasai can to surprise the visitors with the edge – what are the mundane for local people, for some countries are exotic and impressive.

This meeting was not only useful and interesting for all participants, but it also was as one more real experiential learning in historical sites and museums.

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Third Project Meeting in Ieper/Heuvelland Belgium

From September 30 to October 3 2013 the third meeting of the project „Experiential learning in historical sites and museums“ was held in Belgium.

The third project meeting in Ieper and Heuvelland was carried out with participants from the project partners: Lithuania, Italy, Belgium, Turkey and Romania. Participants from Greece could not attend. Besides the presence of nine members of staff there were also twelve learners that participated at the different workshops and visits.

The first workshop on October 1st started in Ieper with a review of the program and a planning of the meetings. The new Lithuanian partner was introduced to the other project partners.

On the basis of collected data by the partners, the University of Oradea made a needs assessment report on competences required by staff working in historical sites and museums to plan educational learning activities for adults.

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The Rumanian partner presented the results of the report to the project partnership.
Another result of the project is related with the creation of guidelines on how to plan experiential learning activities for adults.

 

The Belgian partner elaborated a draft tool (called Observation sheet / Guidelines) to be tested during the sites visits in Belgium. This tool is a first and important step towards the realisation of guidelines on how to plan experiential learning activities for adults. The final version of this tool will be uploaded on the Google Drive space.
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In the afternoon special attention was paid to visits of World War I sites; these sites have in common that a lot of remains, photographs, films, monuments, equipments, etc. are still available and tangible. In the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 the memory of a WWI battle is kept alive through images and movies, a large collection of historical artefacts and several life-like-diorama’s. One of the reconstructions of the Museum is that of an underground dugout tunnel with communication- and dressing post, of headquarters, workplaces and dormitories excites and inspires the visitor to go through a special, experiential learning experience.

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The museum also offers a number of educational projects. Among them the ‘The Platoon Experience’ project let youngsters or adults identify themselves for one day of war with an Australian soldier’s life. To have an as close as possible experience, the participating youngsters are fully equipped with uniform, package and rifle. With this project, the Passchendaele museum introduces the living history concept in her education projects.

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The third visit concerns a visit to the memorial of Tyne Cot , the biggest military cemetery of the Commonwealth with 12.000 graves. The memorial building operates without staff.
In the evening the participants took part in the Last Post commemoration ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ieper. The Last Post, the traditional final salute to the fallen, is played every day since 1928 at 20h by the buglers in honour of the memory of the soldiers of the former British Empire and its allies, who died in the Ypres Salient during the First World War.
The second working day, 02.10.2013, started with two visits of the Kemmelberg, a hill with an important multilayer history spread over more than 50.000 years of human presence. Compared to the first day visits to WW I sites most of the Kemmelberg remains are very difficult to distinguish from the actual landscape elements or/and only very fragmented traces of human occupation were excavated.
The participants first visited an underground cold war command bunker, situated at the base of the hill.
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Then the ELHSM group went for a guided walk around the Kemmelberg hilltop in order to discover for themselves remains of prehistoric presence. The guides made use of recent gained experience on how to implement different presentation techniques and used interactive heritage boxes with replica’s of artefacts and also tools for hands-on activities. This whole walk session was specially prepared in advance by means of a guide course in October 2012.
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The afternoon workshop started with the elaboration of the final version of the draft tool (called Observation sheet / Guidelines), based on the result of previous fieldwork and partners experience. This tool leads to a draft version of the guidelines.
A form was prepared to allow and facilitate the preparation of a draft version of educational paths.
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Finally special attention was paid on the dissemination aspect of activities and products prepared by the partnership.

The visits , organised by the Belgian Guest partner, aimed at comparing sites with a lot of tangible remains to sites with a glorious past but with very few visible remains. The Belgian partner also presented a lot of different tools that could activate more intense experiential learning in historical sites and museums.

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