V4 Heritage Academy 2018 - call for applications

9th Summer Training Course in Management of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in V4 Countries will take place from 9 to 15 July 2018 in Poland. This one-week-long training course will focus on the multicultural heritage of the Lower Silesia Region, particularly on the Churches of Peace in Świdnica and Jawor. The project is financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. This year, it is organised within the frameworks of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and therefore will take on a more expanded form. 

The International Cultural Centre in Cracow invites applications by candidates from Poland, Germany, and Ukraine, whose professional or academic interests include the management or protection of historic sites. Participation in the course is free! Deadline for submitting applications is May 15!

Since 2009, the International Cultural Centre, in cooperation with its Visegrad partners, has organised summer educational courses dedicated to the management of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. During the course, participants will take part in theoretical training in UNESCO Sites management, visit several such monuments (Krakow, Wrocław, Świdnica, Jawor), and participate in workshops concerned with issues related to their management.

The course programme includes a tour of monuments of particularly interesting history: these are Churches of Peace (listed by UNESCO in 2001), built in the second half of the 17th century. The story of their origins is uncommon: the Catholic Emperor Ferdinand III Habsburg, granted the Silesian Lutherans the right to erect three churches in the area under his direct control pressured by Protestant Sweden. The Emperor’s approval for the new Churches of Peace came, however, with additional restrictions, e.g. the churches were to be erected outside the city walls (within the distance of cannon strike) and exclusively from materials of limited durability (wood, straw, clay, sand).

The course will focus both on contemporary methods of management of these objects, as well as on the complex history and heritage of Silesia, including the processes related with migration and population shift after the Second World War.

The 2018 programme is organised within the frameworks of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. For that reason, it is addressed to a group of 30 heritage professionals, whose professional or academic interests include the management or protection of historic sites. The course will bring together participants representing four Visegrad countries, as well as Germany and Ukraine (five participants from each country). The recruitment process for Czech candidates is organised by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic; for Slovak candidates by the National Board of the Slovak Monuments; and for Hungarian candidates by the Cultural Heritage Department of the Prime Minister’s Office of Hungary. The International Cultural Centre invites applications from candidates from Poland, Germany, and Ukraine.

The organiser covers the costs of the programme, excluding the cost of travel to and from Krakow.

There is no age restriction for participants, however the application process will favour emerging professionals (aged between 25 and 40), trained and involved in cultural heritage protection and promotion, representing fields such as: architecture, sociology, cultural and natural heritage, anthropology, ethnology, ethnography, economics, history, art history, communication, law, tourism, geography, and international relations.


Applications, including an application form and candidate’s CV, should be sent by email to: m.wisniewski@mck.krakow.pl by 15 May 2018.

The selection of the candidates will be provided by the team of the ICC employees. It will be based on the sent CVs and applications.