PURPOSE: To explore, interpret and present to different audiences the values of the cultural heritage of past and present sheep farming and pasture life in Europe in the framework of contemporary social and economic problems and the sustainable development of rural areas, including questions of social isolation; to create a proper enviroment for the exchange of know-how; to foster the collaboration between museums, research centers and educators. By summarizing a multudisciplinary approach, the project embraces various aspects of the heritage and economy of sheep-farming, crafts, architecture, art and landscape, as well as oral tradition, music, lifestyle, food processing and cooking.
PROJECT COORDINATOR: Hungarian Open Air Museum
PROJECT PARTNERS: Nine experienced partners in the exploration of rural culture from eight European countries, including ethnographic and other museums, universities, research institutes, as well as technology experts, teachers and middle class students from: Sweden, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, France, Estonia.
TIME: September 2010 – August 214
CO-FUNDING: “Culture 2007 – 2013” Program of the European Commission
RESULTS: Ten thematic research reports; books with recipes, DVD with pasture music; two international conferences and 6 thematic workshops; virtual museum; international exposition in Budapest with an overall view to European cultural heritage of sheep and pasture life with a catalogue; seven thematic expositions in 6 countries with audio visual exhibitions, including computer games, etc.