Heritage Hubs is a two-year project related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. The project’s purpose was to support and make possible transnational learning from and about cultural heritage, and to allow children and young people to define and voice what they regard as important cultural heritage.
Heritage Hubs brought together 10-16-year-old children and young people from Finland, Serbia and Spain to share examples of their cultural heritage via digital platforms and to interpret the cultural heritage of others in face-to-face interaction at home and abroad. This approach provided the pupils with an opportunity to discover cultural similarities and common values at European level, and to recognize other uniting factors stemming from shared European backgrounds. Commenting on the benefits of the project to the pupils, teacher Ingelisa Wikholm (Winellska skolan, Finland) explained: “The pupils noticed that one can also enjoy the culture of others and that cultural heritage is something common to humanity even though it may seem different on the surface.”
Based on participant feedback, Heritage Hubs was a meaningful learning experience for the participants. The pupils’ own voice and vision of cultural heritage was foremost in devising and producing the presentations, events and activities of the project. They demonstrated that cultural heritage is versatile, changing and it carries the power to unite people. Teacher Laura Pérez (IES Villegas, Spain) believes that Heritage Hubs aroused interest in cultural heritage not only among participating pupils and teachers, but also among their families and neighbors. As a consequence, cultural heritage became a new link between pupils, teachers, parents and the wider community.
Heritage Hubs school pilots were organised at 11 schools in Finland, Serbia and Spain in 2018-2019. The idea was to test the specially designed Heritage Hubs didactic package, to support the participating teachers through the different phases of the project implementation in schools. Based on participant feedback, experiences and empirical data collected during project implementation, a Heritage Hubs methodology for transnational cultural heritage education was developed.
You can also visit the Heritage Hubs homepage to find out more about the project. Heritage Hubs experiences can also be found at Instagram (heritagehubs_project), Facebook (HeritageHubs) and Twitter (HeritageHubs).