Whose cultural heritage? The project „Make It Yours?“ aims to increase the sense of ownership among citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also to confront them with standard prejudices and misunderstandings of concepts of heritage.
Through this project, CHwB intends to increase ownership (people’s connection) of cultural heritage and provide a framework for dialogue on heritage, culture and identity.
Cultural heritage refers to the cultural legacy inherited from previous generations, a legacy which we often want to identify and preserve, because it reinforces our cultural identity or sense of who we are as a people. Due to its social nature, cultural heritage is influenced by politics and guided by prevailing social forces.
Through this project “Make it Yours!” we would like to encourage the viewing of the monument from a different angle.
This project would also deal with a particular aspect of education about the historical environment, linking the memory of WWI and the route of the Crown Prince before he was attacked.
Within this project, a certain number of activities would be held at Isa-bey hammam where the process of restoration in on-going, and engage a large array of stakeholders so as to challenge their views on recognition (or non-recognition) of cultural heritage as our common resource.
Further to this, while engaging citizens of different professions, in actions such as plastering, hewing timber, masonry, we shall provide a different insight into what is a monument, contributing to education and a different interpretation, hence different personal relations to a monument.
The project objectives are:
• To challenge the prevailing notion of cultural heritage as belonging to a particular ethnic group.
• To create a common, safe ground and facilitate open dialogue and education regarding cultural heritage.
• To engage a large array of social groups actively in the process of heritage protection and to explore prevalent attitudes about a common but still recognisably diverse historic environment.
Project is co-funded by the European Union in the amount of 238.736 EUR. The project started on 1 June 2014 and is inspired by the awareness raising campaigns already implemented by CHwB Albania and CHwB Kosovo.