2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage. On this occasion we launched the Heritage project, which is aimed at drawing the attention of the younger generation, children attending secondary schools to the built heritage.
Our cultural heritage surrounds us in our everyday life, during our holidays, at home and in the street. It defines our identity; it defines what we are thinking about us and about the world. Nevertheless we hardly pay attention to our cultural heritage; it is especially difficult to develop the interest of the younger generation with respect to a topic, which seems to be distant, difficult to comprehend to them and which might seem irrelevant in their everyday life.
We would like to change this approach by the Heritage educational materials. The Heritage discusses topics related to the built heritage in an understandable and interesting way embedded in the present and especially in the everyday context of the younger generation. We compare historical records with the contemporary locations in order to make the built heritage more alive, current and relevant.
The goal is that the younger generation starts to think and talk about the built heritage, doesn’t matter whether they discuss ancient monuments, or the messages and values represented by contemporary street art. We support this by thought-, and debate-provoking questions. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions, there are several good answers and solutions. The goal is that they share their different opinion and that they consciously explore and (re)valuate their own area or neighbourhood where they are living. The educational materials therefore are not providing information about specific buildings or certain ages, but with the help of the past they inspire us to understand the present and to recognise the values embedded in contemporary culture and in the built environment. What will nowadays younger generation leave behind for the next generation? What kind of values will they create, which will become part of the built heritage in the future?
We make available ten thematic educational materials on our web-based platforms. (hungarian)
- cultural heritage
- permanent_and _changing
- buildings_and_building types
- space usage
A teacher’s handbook is also published for pedagogues interested in the topic. This handbook contains useful methodological advice, background information and list of resources, which is a great help for the teachers to process the built heritage topic during lessons.
This teaching aid material with respect to its topic is definitely a gap-filler and the contemporary language itself used in the materials is aimed at visual education.
Authors: Eszter Tóth, Ágnes Sebestyén
Graphics: Eszter • Fotography: András Bán
The project was accomplished with the support granted by the National Cultural Fund of Hungary .