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

LiviHeri project has come to an end

Living with Cultural Heritage project has come to an end. We wish to thank everyone who participated our activities during the past 3 years in Finland, Latvia and Sweden. All materials in this project blog will be available freely when project is closed. Heritage trails in Rauma, Aizpute, Kuldiga and Visby are also free for you to explore. Home visits can be booked from tourist … Continue reading LiviHeri project has come to an end

Sharing skills of traditional craftsmanship

This years international restoration workshop in Kuldiga brought together participants from Latvia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway, France, India and Ecuador for five days. The theme of the workshop was “How to prevent typical damages of wooden houses”. Participants were working in eight groups on detailed parts of historic, wooden building in Kuldiga. The aim of the workshop was to learn more about traditional methods that are … Continue reading Sharing skills of traditional craftsmanship

Open yards of Old Rauma

12 houses in Old Rauma open their gates for visitors in July and August. Old Rauma Society has long traditions for open yards and flea markets during the Rauma Lace Week, but this year the gates are open for 4 weeks. Outstanding universal values of Old Rauma World Heritage Site are based on livability. Most of the 600 buildings in the area are privately owned … Continue reading Open yards of Old Rauma

People and ideas

When we started to plan LiviHeri in the autumn of 2014, we wanted to learn together how to address our common challenges and how to address our common opportunities. Cultural environments like the towns of Visby, Rauma, Kuldiga and Aizpute need a robust community to survive through centuries. The ownership of the estates is fragmented in all the participating towns. The owners have unequal financial … Continue reading People and ideas

Project publication is out

In this publication we discuss how historic towns can be conserved, and simultaneously maintained lively and meaningful places for stakeholders with co-creation. A central idea is to participate, to listen and to acknowledge. In this way sustainable development can also be incorporated in tourism. Publication is edited by university lecturers Riina Haanpää and Eeva Raike from University of Turku/Degree Programme for Cultural Production and Landscape Studies and project manager Laura Puolamäki. Publication is included … Continue reading Project publication is out

LiviHeri called to RegioStars2018 competition

The objective of RegioStars is to identify good practice in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects or support schemes that could be an inspiration to other regions and project managers. All finalists are invited to the Award Ceremony and will receive a certificate and a medal. They will also be included in a brochure, published by the European Commission as well as … Continue reading LiviHeri called to RegioStars2018 competition

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