Culture Heritage Exchange Programme
Culture Heritage Exchange Programme

This exchange programme was aimed at museum professionals from South East Europe to support them to reinvent the image of their institutions, learn to attract new audiences and transform their museums into much more exciting and open spaces with strong international links.

There is a lot to learn from and adapt, such as approaches to fundraising, staff training, community engagement and links with schools. 

Aurora Kamberi, Ministry of Culture of Albania

The programme started in April 2014 with seven selected participants from six countries of the Western Balkans who completed their short placement at UK Museums. The programme was made possible with the aid of a grant from the Headley Trust and is supported by the British Council and University College London (UCL).

The programme explored the broader role that museums can play in contemporary society, through establishing and defining identity, addressing pressing contemporary issues and engaging with young people and communities. After attending the programme participants committed to undertaking activities that would help to develop community engagement skills and disseminate knowledge to colleagues in the sector.

After the successful end of the project, we have created an infogprahic that summarizes the project through the timeline, information about the participants, their thoughts about the project, as well as the further plans for their communities and institutions. 

  • Cultural Heritage Exchange programme Infographic (Adobe PDF 619KB)
  • Timescales

    September 2014 - UCL course and placement in the UK

    October 2014 – February 2015 - Collaboration on workshop development via telephone, email and/or Skype; and visits by UK colleagues to delegates’ museums

    Learning outcomes

    Successful applicants will gain:

    • insight into the context of community engagement theory and practice in the UK
    • first hand, practical experience of community engagement programmes in the UK
    • confidence in planning and delivering a new community engagement project
    • the ability to evaluate a community engagement project and share the learning with colleagues
    • opportunities to interact, build networks and exchange ideas with international colleagues.

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