Living with Cultural Heritage

The goal of the project LiviHeri is to learn how to live, maintain and cherish a historical town while preserving its characteristic environment and liveability. The project builds on a joint interest based on the recognition of similarities and differences between the participating towns of Rauma (Finland), Visby (Sweden), Kuldiga and Aizpute (Latvia). The project develops thematically joint tourist attractions based on cultural and natural … Continue reading Living with Cultural Heritage

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”… an extremely distinguished example of a Northern European walled Hanseatic town which has in a unique way preserved its townscape and its highly valuable architecture, the form and function of which clearly express the importance of this human settlement.” This was the explanation of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee for inscribing the Hanseatic town of Visby on the prestigious World Heritage List in 1995. Few … Continue reading Visby

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The interdisciplinary art group SERDE is a public association organisation, which seeks to develop the regional and international collaboration between different culture fields, organizations and professionals. SERDEs main activities involve the exchange between culture, science and education fields, including the organisation of residencies, workshops, seminars, lectures, presentations etc. Continue reading Aizpute

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At present, the old town of Kuldīga and the red-brick bridge across the river Venta are candidates for inclusion in the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage. The town is also famous for the widest waterfall in Europe. A work shop, where colourful blankets and beautiful headscarves with national designs are woven, is located near the Tourist Information Centre. In spring and autumn, an interesting … Continue reading Kuldiga

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The town of Rauma in western Finland’s Satakunta region was founded in 1442, making it the third oldest town in the country. It is especially known for its colourful regional dialect, its long tradition in bobbin lace-making and the well-preserved wooden buildings of Old Rauma. Old Rauma, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, is the largest unified wooden town in the Nordic countries. Approximately 600 … Continue reading Rauma

Today we celebrate International Day for Monuments and Sites

Every year on 18 April, ICOMOS celebrates the International Day for Monuments and Sites, whose establishment was approved by the 22nd UNESCO General Conference in 1983. The 2018 theme for the ICOMOS International Day for Monuments and Sites is Heritage for Generations led by the ICOMOS Emerging Professionals Working Group. LiviHeri contributes to the theme with heritage trails in Old Rauma, Finland. Heritage routes explore archaeological and … Continue reading Today we celebrate International Day for Monuments and Sites

Archaeological heritage trail of Old Rauma discovers underground treasures

Archaeological heritage is usually hidden in the strata under the streets, buildings and squares. Occasionally it is revealed, when archaeological excavations are needed, but after research the remains are covered and findings are taken to further examination. Residents and visitors can only imagine, how the town once looked like and how the mundane town life was. In Satakunta region a post-glacier nature phenomena coined land … Continue reading Archaeological heritage trail of Old Rauma discovers underground treasures

Explore the treasures of Old Rauma on a heritage trail

Old Rauma Heritage trail leads you to the hidden treasures of this World Heritage Site. Seafearing, lace, vernacular life and out buildings, animal husbandry, literacy, water, soundscape and commerce are the themes which are intertwined and manifested on a tangible objects of the town. 25 points of the trail make this  intangible heritage visible and attaches it to the visible cultural landscape. Explore and learn … Continue reading Explore the treasures of Old Rauma on a heritage trail

Collaborating for heritage in Old Rauma

More than 700 photos from 106 shooting points were collected in 4th December  during an hour in #hetkessarauma. This crowd sourced citizen science experiment of documenting heritage turned out to be successful, at least that day. Local people and visitors were invited to collaborate this event by photographing the shooting point of their choice between 11 and 12 in 4th December. Shooting points could be booked … Continue reading Collaborating for heritage in Old Rauma

Some proceedings of LiviHeri in 2017

Community-based approach of Living with Cultural Heritage project was presented in 2017 in several seminars, conferences and other events. Some materials are available online here: Nordic World Heritage Conference 2017, presentations: Heritage, Tourism. Hospitality International Conference 2017, proceedings: OWHC Guidebook 2017 on Community Involvement in Heritage Management: Centrum Balticum 10th anniversary blog: owhc_poster_cityofrauma_liviheri Continue reading Some proceedings of LiviHeri in 2017

Promoting living heritage through multi-material community crafts in Old Rauma

An open craft workshop organized in mid-November 2017 at Marela Museum in Rauma, Finland, encouraged people to ponder upon how it is to dwell in the historically significant site of Old Rauma. In reflection to the overall LiviHeri project goals, the workshop entitled Window of treasures – Reconstructing the heritage of Old Rauma through craft art was arranged as a low-threshold event aiming at maintaining … Continue reading Promoting living heritage through multi-material community crafts in Old Rauma

Learning skills of traditional crafts in Kuldiga

The works of the restoration and renovation of historical house at Baznicas 30 in Kuldiga within the project LiviHeri have started. The works will be implemented by Ltd BAUMEISTER in cooperation with joinery Ltd Laimdotas according to the procurement. This multi-apartment residential house has been affected by the fire more than five years ago; for a long time it has been unused and before the … Continue reading Learning skills of traditional crafts in Kuldiga

Planning Cultural Heritage Forum

Many historic buildings in the town centre of Kuldiga are being restored in recent years, while others are still waiting for their turn. Kuldiga District Council established a renovation center a few years ago in order to enhance house owner´s skills and knowledge of built heritage restoration. In LiviHeri project Kuldiga is restoring the House of Stafenhagen. Main outcome is not the restored building, it … Continue reading Planning Cultural Heritage Forum

Exploring invisible Aizpute

One of LiviHeri´s annual, joint events was organized this summer in Aizpute, Latvia. SERDE hosted a Storytelling workshop in their residency, in one of the historic buildings along Aizpute´s main street Atmodas iela. Storytelling workshop gathered researchers and students of cultural heritage and cultural landscape from Latvia and Finland. Workshop started with lectures introducing previous research and expeditions and methods to be used in the … Continue reading Exploring invisible Aizpute

Innovation, tradition and sustainability

Innovation, tradition and sustainability in a historic town. Those were the umbrella themes of LiviHeri benchmarking visit in Visby 7th to 9th June 2017. Benchmarking visit started with a gathering at the Visby tourism office. After an introduction of participants, hosts Maria James and Elene Negussie from Region Gotland introduced the destination, Visby. Being a medieval town with street structure suitable for people and horses, … Continue reading Innovation, tradition and sustainability