Development of Skills in Heritage Interpretation  

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About the project

Mainly due to EU structural funds, millions of euros are invested into the field of heritage interpretation across the region. This includes new museums, exhibitions, education trails, restoration and promotion of cultural and natural heritage sites. The effort is often inspired by world-class interpretation projects implemented in Western Europe. New digital media and interactivities are often promoted as the modern way of approaching visitors. Few existing evaluation studies that emerged in the V4 in the recently show that the real performance/outputs of projects and the impact on visitors are behind descriptions in the grant applications. The reason is that projects do not put emphasis on the content development due to lack of know-how in heritage interpretation. Thus, the investments do not achieve their full potential because of missing soft-skills.

The aim of the project is to offer current cutting-edge courses in heritage interpretation to participants in the Visegrad countries and the Balkans. While scoping and scrutinizing available courses during the first face-to-face partners’ meeting (Hungary, March 2018), Interpret Europe Certified Interpretive Writer Course (CIW) was considered the most relevant one for the current situation in the partner countries. The course deals with written texts and thus aims at heritage interpretation tools with the highest delivery costs (museums, visitor centres, educational trails). The course was developed in 2017 by Interpret Europe umbrella organization and the price for the five day training is starting at 400€ excluding travel and boarding costs, which makes it unachievable for participants from the Visegrad countries.

The idea of the project is to train qualified lecturers from V4 countries + Slovenia, transfer the course to national languages, run pilot trainings, make final version of the course and make it available to professionals in the cultural and natural heritage field in respective countries for a fragment (about 25%) of the standard Western European price and thus contribute to the needed soft skill development.

The project is supported by the Visegrad Fund.



Dates, locations of the courses and contact information will be specified during the project, at least 3 months ahead of a respctive event.


  Training of Certified Interpretive Writer Course Trainers
Brno, Czech Republic
For information about participation, contact your national partner organisation.

March to
  Pilot Certified Interpretive Writer Courses in national languages
Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia
Dates, places and contact information will be specified in February 2019.

  Pilot Certified Interpretive Writer Course in Czech
Brno, Czech Republic
For more information on participation contact Michal Medek:, phone: +420 604 863 167.

September to
  Final Meeting of the Project Participants
Dates, places and contact information will be specified by the end of August 2019. The aim of the meeting is evaluation of the project and establishing links for further cooperation among project partners and Visegrad countries in the field of heritage Interpretation.



Taking part in the project is possible through the partners at national level.

  Czech Institute for Heritage Interpretation
The leading partner
Address: Grymov 26, Grymov, 75121, Czech Republic
Contact person: Michal Medek, director
Contact:, +420 604 863 167

  Kulturális Örökségmenedzserek Egyesülete
Address: Ilka utca 46. 1/3., Budapest, 1143, Hungary
Contact person: Bőczén Árpád, director
Contact:, +36 203 659 954

  Małopolski Instytut Kultury w Krakowie
Address: 28 lipca 1943 17 c, Kraków, 30-233, Poland
Contact person: Joanna Hajduk
Contact:, +48 124 221 884

  Národný Trust n.o.
Address: Hlboká cesta 9, Bratislava, 811 04 , Slovakia
Contact person: Michaela Kubíková
Contact:, +421 907 296 724

  Zavod Red Tree Heritage, zavod za interpretacijo dediščine in trajnostni razvoj
Address: Partizanska 8, 1380 Cerknica, Slovenia
Contact person: Helena Vičič
Contact:, +386 41 911 112



Czech Institute for Heritage Interpretation
Address: Trnec 654, Tišnov, 666 03, Czech Republic
Reg. number: 05952051
Contact person: Michal Medek, director
Contact:, +420 604 863 167