Update 7th May 2020: Course under review. As soon as we have confirmed information on the possibility of holding the course on the advertised dates we will contact participants. There is one space left on this course. If you would like to be considered please email an expression of interest.
Host: Maarika Nagel (Viitong/Heritage Tours)
Course Dates: 12 – 19 July 2020
Application Deadline: 2 March 2020
Preparation Meeting Date: 22 June 2020
Aims & Themes: exploring cultural heritage interpretation and management in a range of contexts; community heritage as part of community cohesion and rural development; heritage tourism.
DAY 1 : Goal of the day: Old Tallinn (UNESCO heritage site)
14:30 Guided tour in Old Tallinn
Free time in Old town
DAY 2 : Goal of the day: Military history, soviet history
Drive to the west, traces of Peter the Great in former Soviet nuclear base in Paldiski town
Haapsalu town – resort
Meet the officials of Haapsalu medieval castle.
Visit the site, discussion
Haapsalu tour – resort, historical wooden houses and train station, Tchaikovsly bench
DAY 3: Goal of the day: Island heritage alive
- wooden boat building in a vocational school
- „Spaaremaa“ – 195 years of using local sea mud for healing and wellbeing.
Ferry to Muhu island, drive to Kuressaare town
Wooden boat building faculty of Kuressaare Vocational School, meet specialist.
visit one of the medical spas. Using sea mud in healing. Discussion, tour.
Värava farm – your home in Saaremaa
Check in, look around in the farm, walk the village. Discussion about Estonian country life in history and today
DAY 4 : Goal of the day: Kuressaare – the hidden pearls of the capital of Saaremaa
- Small craft center of Tallinn Technical University Maritime Colledge
- Epsicopal castle – the outstanding heritage site of the Baltic countries.
- The information center of Saaremaa traditional costume.
small craft center in Estonian Maritime Academy.
Episcopal castle – The wind of change in old and outstanding 14th c Episcopal Castle. Meet the officials, tour and discussion.
Information center of Saaremaa traditional costume.
DAY 5: Goal of the day:
- Lighthouses – part of the coastal heritage. Military museum
- Runic songs and runic singing – the ancient way of story telling
the lighthouse museum, of Sorve peninsula, renovated and built with the help of EU foundations
visit local military museum started by locals without any EU help, meet the men who run the place, discussion.
Meet Mari Lepik – the dedicated Sörve woman
Runic song performance, traditional lifestlye, Sörve ABC book, etc
DAY 6: Goal of the day: Country school as a carrier of heritage.
- How to turn your problems into values.
- Small country school starting to use local heritage as a base of the studies.
- Multifunctional school as the center of community life.
- Historical sea plane harbour (past, today and future)
Visit local school, meet the Head Mistress and some members of community to talk about the past and the future of small country schools.
Hike to Papissaare harbor (3km one way) to see historical sea plane harbour and ship building site.
Optional: swimming in the Baltic sea (weather dependant)
Preparations for traditional weekend sauna – making twigs, heating steam room, cooking workshop, wood heated sauna traditions
DAY 7: Goal of the day: Heritage of the capital
Back to Tallinn ferry to mainland, bus to Tallinn
Kalamaja suburb of Tallinn – historical industrial and factory labour living area.
Or free time for special interests. Tallinn museums
DAY 8 Departure day
Click here to download the full NET course list for 2020.
Click here to download the NET 5 2020 application form. (SNH staff are very welcome to email an expression of interest but they must complete their own internal HR process before submitting an application form)