“Transboundary European World Heritage –
a Topic for UNESCO Project Schools”


European transboundary UNESCO World Heritage sites uniquely portray how the peoples of Europe have shaped their cultures and societies and what measures they have taken to preserve their heritage. Hence, these World Heritage sites have great purpose in representing national experiences as well as experiences that have connected peoples.

A project of the IHS supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, carried out jointly with the "Welterbekoordination Sachsen" and the coordination of the UNESCO project schools in Saxony.

A contribution to the European Heritage Year 2018 SHARING HERITAGE.

1) Project description

You can download a detailed project description here: Transboundary European World Heritage (PDF)

1.1) Goals:

The project aims to realize the potential of the respective World Heritage Sites by advancing sustainable international understanding in line with UNESCO's mandate for peace, collaborating with teachers and students in the curricular preparation of the project at UNESCO Project Schools, and by transforming the project into appealing, modern formats for students.  As such, the project objective is to raise awareness among European student bodies of the importance and potential of their shared cultural heritage sites, to awaken them to the places and objects of European history, and to mobilize them in sustainably developing this potential.

1.2) Target groups / Institutions:

The target groups include students of the UNESCO Project Schools from participating regions and / or federal states. Institutionally, the project caters to the network of UNESCO Project Schools, as these schools have committed themselves to the goals and ideals of UNESCO and their integration into the curriculum and daily school life.

1.3) Project Implementation:

In workshops students and teachers will discuss the topic, "what UNESCO World Heritage means for Europe today.”  They will receive substantial input from the coordinators of transnational World Heritage sites as well as from historians and specialists on the history and present time of respective regions of Europe. A desired outcome will be videos created by the students under the professional guidance of media educators; these videos will be later made public on a dedicated digital platform. In addition, exercise sheets will be created by teachers for classroom instruction within the UNESCO schools network.

2) Schedule

2.1) Kick Off

First meeting of the participating Project Partners: Institute Heritage Studies, Saxony's World Heritage Commissioners, Saxon State Coordination for UNESCO Project Schools, teachers of schools of the UNESCO Project Schools Network, Polish and Czech National Coordinators of UNESCO Project Schools and teachers, Employees of the Heritage Sites with the goal: of a participatory conceptualization, planification of the project implementation joint strategy development.

2.2) Teacher Training in the production of learning videos

18.03.2019 | 10.00 Uhr - 18.00 Uhr | Theater OTon-Art, Berlin

An important experience made in the kick off was that the participating teachers themselves formulated a need for further training in the use of new media It was therefore agreed to organize an additional training in the production of videos as learning material for teachers involved in the project.


Part of the project are binational workshops, which present the shared cultural heritage to the participating students, so that they can identify subjects that are relevant to the present and future of each cross-border site of European World Heritage. Accompanied by their teachers and professional media experts, they will use the methods of storytelling and creating educational videos. These approaches will allow them to trace their common European history as well as to develop and record common narratives for the present and the future.

2.3.1) German-Czech student workshop

Topic: The monuments of mining in the Mining Region Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří (currently applying for inscription in the World Heritage List). The Markus-Röhling Stolln and the St. Annen-Church with the altarpiece by Hans Hesse, Annaberg-Buchholz
24.-26 June 2019 in Annaberg Buchholz

2.3.2) German-Polish student workshop

Topic: The monuments of mining in the Mining Region Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří (currently applying for inscription in the World Heritage List). The Markus-Röhling Stolln and the St. Annen-Church with the altarpiece by Hans Hesse, Annaberg-Buchholz
12.-14.09.2019 at the World Heritage Site Muskauer Park - Park Mużakowski

2.3.3) German-Danish student workshop

Topic: The Vikings and their Cultural Heritage – Recovering the past for constructing the future.
27.-30 October 2019 in Schleswig at the transboundary site Hedeby & Danevirke

5) Contact

ECHY Projekt: "Grenzübergreifendes europäisches Welterbe":
"Institute Heritage Studies" (IHS)

Erich-Steinfurth-Straße 7
D- 10243 Berlin

Project Management: Prof. Dr. Marie-Theres Albert

Scientific cooperation:  Dr. Carola Muysers