Preservation and utilisation of material cultural heritage: training program for cultural heritage managers online

Preservation measures in the cultural heritage usually require many different specialists: historians, restorers, craftsmen. However, understanding interdisciplinary cooperation can be difficult, especially when experts need to be consulted who are not involved in cultural heritage on a daily basis, such as experts from the energy sector, regional planning or tourism. That is why an interdisciplinary team from various fields of arts and architectural history, regional and local planning, cross-training and cultural management developed a further training program that is intended to provide support especially to young cultural heritage managers. This has been made possible by the European HERITAGE-PRO project.

In the meantime, fice interdisciplinary training modules have been published. They are a contribution to the sustainable conservation and management of European cultural heritage. HERITAGE-PRO is coordinated by a German institution: Kultur und Arbeit e.V. (based in Bad Mergentheim), working with institutions and experts from six countries.

The training has been prepared mainly for heritage managers of monuments such as buildings or archaeological sites, but also for administrators of daily operations, for example libraries or museums. The special thing about the training is “It offers help especially for interdisciplinary conservation projects that have to bring together many different experiences and specialist areas.” says project manager Dr. Karin Drda-Kühn.

The training is designed as a part-time, self-teaching course, but can also be taken over by educational institutions. By the end of the year, the training modules will be supplemented by additional materials such as a manual for implementation and a template set for recurring processes and tasks.

The training program consists of five modules that deal with the topics of:

  1. Global challenges and opportunities in the field of cultural heritage;
  2. Efficient teamwork and effective interdisciplinary conflict resolution;
  3. Valorisation of cultural heritage;
  4. Civic participation in cultural heritage conservation and
  5. Effective communication in an interdisciplinary environment.

In the past few months, around 25 cultural heritage experts from six European countries have assessed the relevance of the content and practicability of the exercises: the training material passed the test. The advanced training program is primarily targeting young managers in the first few years of their professional activity, “but our testers were of the opinion that even very experienced managers will find many suggestions and new instruments in it,” says Karin Drda-Kühn.

Based on information, examples and exercises, the training deals with e.g. with the foreseeable climatic or organisational challenges that cultural heritage managers face, conflict management in interdisciplinary teams or how the local community can be involved in conservation measures.

The modules are available online free of charge in English and German: A Spanish and Swedish version will be available soon.

“HERITAGE-PRO – Interdisciplinary Training for Professionals of Different Disciplines Towards Sustainable Management and Preservation of Cultural Heritage” is a transnational initiative supported by the European education program ERASMUS +. The consortium – consisting of six European partners from Germany, Spain, Austria, Sweden and a European network – is thus responding to the ongoing demand for interdisciplinary education and training for specialists from various disciplines for the sustainable management and preservation of cultural heritage.

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Contact: Dr. Karin Drda-Kühn, Tel. 07931 56 36 374,

Dietmar Wiegand, Managing Director of
Institute of Property Research (IPRE)

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