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.