The Hidden Heritage Project

Photos turned yellow, printed on hard paper that were used a long time ago, a little bent from humidity, a little consumed by the passed time, forgotten in private or public drawers and archives, photos which document the recent history of our Europe. The project “Hidden Heritage - Scoprire la storia nascosta dell’Europa attraverso la fotografia d’epoca” aims to develop the awareness of belonging to Europe and through the use of digital technology it aims to “link” common cultural heritages in Europe. Target group(s): The project is addressed to adults, non professional, with an interest in photography and to promote the value of “minor” cultural heritage, people who want to acquire competences in the IT sector. Priority will be given to participants who are unemployed, who risk exclusion because of their background, who come from isolated places or people with less opportunities generally. The candidates need to send on time the registration form with attached the Curriculum Vitae and a motivation letter to the promoter to take part in the selection process. The promoter will take into account the interests of the candidate for the activities and the topic of the workshop, candidates with no previous international experience and with less opportunities will be prioritised. Expected number of participants: 15 (incl. 3 participants from Italy).
The project activities are concentrated on workshop activities and on the application of active pedagogy, which allows the participants to experiment and put into action the complete process of archiving, categorising and the digitalising of old photos. In the first part of the workshop participants are asked to present themselves, their context and their cultural background through antique photos which have been recovered from a local archive or personal collection. Following this, guided by professionals, the participants will proceed with the archiving and the digital treatment of photographic materials given by the public library of Altamura. Expected outputs (especially in terms of learning outcomes for the participants): The participants will gain skills and knowledge of the physical conservation and archiving of antique photos and creating an on-line photography archive which will continue to expand and update after the workshop. Through the recovering of the historical memory documented by the old photos participants will come closer to the so called “minor history” and by exercising their active citizenship they consolidate their sense of belonging to Europe. Practical arrangements (including detailed information on the accommodation): The activities will be held at the public library of Altamura, which is an ideal setting in the centre of the city. The participants will be hosted in B&B’s or Hotel’s of the city and the meals will be subsidised in local restaurants.

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