24 - 26 September 2015 - NPÚ CONFERENCE IN TELČ
September 2015 - NPÚ CONFERENCE IN TELČ
Our Chairman Peter Jamieson and Committee member James Robertson attended a conference in Telč organised jointly by the National Heritage Institute (NPÚ) and the Faculties of Education of the Charles University in Prague and of the Masaryk University in Brno. The theme of the conference was the role of education in improving heritage management.
The Director General of the NPÚ, Naděžda Goryczková, (see photo, right, with the Mayor of Telč, Pavel Komín) welcomed the delegates. Following her address, numerous speakers, principally from the Czech Republic, but also from the United Kingdom and France, spoke on a wide range of topics of both theoretical and practical interest. Peter Jamieson spoke about the experience of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in promoting its core objectives through education, and was able to include pictures of our patron Eva Jiřičná's work in Prague Castle and of the Mauricovna at Červený Dvůr to illustrate his talk. Also from the United Kingdom, Alex Drago from Historic Royal Palaces spoke of how they have implemented a visitor-focused approach to learning within the organisation, and Mark Crosby of the National Trust spoke of the role of volunteering in the Trust, and how it has evolved over the years.
Photo: Peter Jamieson in the middle, surrounded by other attendees. Both photos courtesy of the NPÚ.
On the second evening of the conference, James Robertson was requested to put the historic Baroque organ in St James's Church in the town through its paces for the benefit of a large group of attendees, which hopefully illustrated the British pragmatic approach to heritage issues.