Consultation process “Law on Cultural Heritage in Albania”

Recently the Ministry of Culture declared it’s willingness to cooperate with representatives of civil society organisations and private sectors for improving the Law on cultural heritage in Albania.The consultation process went through different stages including provision of information to the stakeholders and in organizing several meetings at the Ministry of Culture.

An open dialogue

Consultation process took place during April 2014 and enabled stakeholders with expertise in cultural heritage field to debate and give recommendations for the legal draft .From the other side government officials gathered feedback and inputs for developing and improving the Cultural heritage Law .

Thematic consultation process

  • Methods/Rules for  protecting and restoring cultural heritage
  • Relations between individuals in the administration of cultural monuments(private ownership) and the state institutions
  • Measures to protect cultural heritage from illegal actions(trade,building, destroying)
  • Role of national institutions in protecting & managing cultural heritage
  • Role of local authorities for protecting and promoting cultural heritage
  • Material cultural heritage , immovable heritage assets & movable heritage objects

CHwB, Albania as one of the main actors in cultural heritage field, took this opportunity to actively participate in the discussions, developing recommendations, and stressing the positive aspects as well as disadvantages  of the legal draft.

Tirane, April 2014


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS “A scientific approach to understanding historically used materials Conveners”


All interested professionals, scholars, researchers are kindly asked to submit their abstracts by 30th of April 2014!

 CALL for abstract  “A scientific approach to understanding historically used materials Conveners”

While working in a field of conservation of cultural heritage in Albania, we often face the absence of opportunity to scientifically examine the samples of traditional mortar/plaster, timber and similar. The key stones setting the methodology required to follow-up while planning for scientific analysis required for getting readable and useable results for further conservation actions are necessary to be established.

The expertise for commencing delicate analysis of historical materials that exist in Albania would be revealed and drawn upon while informing professionals about the existing possibilities as well as of the importance of an interdisciplinary collaboration.

Some of the keynotes that would be delivered through this session would include material sampling, results of analysis conducted on pigments using X-Ray technology, microscopy, particle size analysis, geologic referencing of historically used materials, etc. The experience on conducted analysis as well as importance of including it into proposals for architectural and conservation of artifacts would be reveled by specialists from Institute of Monuments Protection. The on-site assessments required for rapid mortar segregation or preventive conservation would as well be discussed and introduced to the audience.

Areas of interest: restoration, analytical methodology, architecture, applied Earth sciences.All interested professionals, scholars, researchers are kindly asked to submit their abstracts by 30th of April 2014!

 In order to submit abstracts you need to register online at where you would find all instructions for submission of abstract.Congress of the Carpathian Balkan Geological Association Tirana, Albania, 24-26 September 2014

This session is supported by Sweden through Cultural Heritage without Borders, Institute of Monuments of Culture in Tirana and Faculty of Philology and History, University of Tirana.

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A special heritage atelier for children in Kruja on International Children’s Book Day


ChwB held today in Kruja another session of practical heritage-related activities based on the E Ka Kush E Ka booklets. What a better day than April 2, Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, to inspire a  passion for reading and to call attention to children’s books?

This year’s second Heritage Atelier for children was organized in the city of Kruja.  The hamam was once again the main topic of discussion of the atelier. There were 29 little guests this time, all coming from public kindergarten number 1 and aged between 5 and 6 years old. Together with the teachers from the kindergarten, the municipal officials and CHwB staff, the children visited the hamam that is currently being restored and which is located in one of the finest parts of Kruja’s castle.

They already knew so many things about the city’s history, about Skënderbeu (the Albanian National Hero), about the castle that was his fief for many of years and about his museum. It was also interesting for the children to wander around the inhabited part of the Castle neighborhood, navigating through the narrow stone walls and talking to the surprised inhabitants. And yes, quickly they found their way to the restoration site where the first to greet them were the workers. The hammam with its curious shape was indeed a discovery for the children, who – thanks as well to the explanations of the architect in charge of the restoration – quickly realized how different from today bathing was for their ancestors.

In the proximity of the hamam the children discovered a massive olive tree and learned that, according to legend, it was Skënderbeu himself who planted it! Just next to the olive tree, they could also visit the proudly standing old tekke with its beautiful floral paintings inside. Then from one of the main viewpoints of the castle, children and adults discussed about the Old Bazaar, another gem of the city.

The classroom of the kindergarten was the last place of activities for today’s atelier. Children and teachers read together and colored the hammam booklets for children aged 3-6, from the E Ka Kush e Ka collection. A coloring competition was organized between the “squirrels” and the “rabbits,” which ended in a tie and with everyone smiling.

This was the perfect ending to an exciting day for the children of the kindergarten, as well as for us at CHwB. We are grateful to the staff of the kindergarten and the officials from the municipalityw ho helped us contribute on this special day toward raising awareness about the importance of books for children and the usefulness of education through culture and books from a very young age.

CHwB Camps win prestigious European heritage award!

Cultural Heritage without Borders’ Regional Restoration Camps have been selected as a winner of the 2014 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award, under the category of education, training and awareness-raising.

“The Jury especially admired the sustained success of this project in providing practical training for young professionals and inter-regional networking opportunities.  This success has been proven: since 2007, [440] participants from [23] countries have taken part in a succession of intensive, well-organised two-week camps in the Balkan region.  The jury appreciated the involvement of master craftspeople and academic teachers from local and international institutions in providing this valuable learning environment.” [numbers updated since the submission of the nomination]

This prestigious award is given out yearly. This year’s 27 laureates were selected from 160 nominated projects across 30 countries and are honoured for achievements in four areas: conservation; research; dedicated service; education, training and awareness-raising. CHwB has won a Europa Nostra award once before, receiving the distinguished service medal in 2000.

For the 2014 awards, Europa Nostra is inviting the public to make their voice heard. Visit their website to vote on your favorite project among the 27 selected laureates. The deadline for voting is Sunday 20 April. The winner of the ‘Public Choice Award’ will be publicly announced and presented during the European Heritage Awards Ceremony in Vienna, on 5 May.

To vote, go to:

Please help us spread the word by sharing this information with your friends and colleagues, and encourage them to vote as well!

Europa Nostra – the Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe – is a growing citizens’ movement for the safeguarding of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage. With its vast pan-European network of members (organisations and individuals), associates and partners, Europa Nostra is a highly influential lobby for cultural heritage. It also campaigns to save Europe’s endangered monuments, sites and landscapes. In 2013, Europa Nostra celebrated its 50th anniversary.

The awards have been supported by the EU Culture Programme, which invested almost €40 million in co-financing heritage-related projects between 2007 and 2013.

See more photos and videos of all the winners on Europa Nostra’s Flickr page and YouTube channel.

CHwB holds first Heritage Atelier with children in Gjirokastra


On Monday, CHwB organized the first Heritage Atelier for young children, in collaboration with the Soros Public Kindergarten in Gjirokastra. In total, 22 children and 3 teachers from the kindergarten attended this event, which aims to bring the children closer to heritage in a practical, entertaining and instructive format.

To start this atelier, the children were brought to visit the Hammam in Gjirokastra, at a place known locally as the “Seven Fountains”. For children aged 5 to 6, it was the first time that they encountered such a stone building with such an unusual “ice cream” shape. The children, the teachers and the heritage professionals from CHwB engaged in a very interesting conversation about the Hamam and its meaning over the centuries, about water and its value for human kind, as well as about Gjirokastra and its particular status as a Museum City.

Heritage Atelier in Gjirokastra

The second activity was held within the kindergarten, when children started to work with the Hammam booklet provided by ChwB. This booklet was produced by ChwB as a part of the “E Ka Kush E Ka” collection, which seeks to include children and adults in a series of books and games through which they discover and rediscover cultural heritage. In the classroom, spirits were high as children, teachers and CHwB members recalled together the most important lessons from the visit to the Hammam and explored the content of the booklet. A coloring competition between the children closed this first Heritage Atelier and the four best young artists got heritage related presents… while all of them obtained from us a promise to return for another activity of this kind.

Check out a preview of the booklet the children used to explore the Gjirokastra Hammam:
Hamami Children’s Booklet (ages 3-6)

Regional Restoration Camps looking for volunteer leaders


Are you a former Camp participant looking to stay involved with the Regional Restoration Camps? Do you want to share your knowledge and experience with a new group of eager participants?

CHwB is looking for volunteers to assist at this year’s Regional Restoration Camps. Each camp (except Mitrovica) will have two to three volunteers, who will attend the full two weeks of the camp and assist with a variety of tasks to help make the experience as rewarding as possible for participants.

Camp volunteers will help organizers, craftspeople and participants with issues of coordination, communication and guidance. Be sure you understand the duties and meet the eligibility and qualifications before applying!

Duties of a Camp Volunteer

A Camp Volunteer will work throughout the duration of the Camp to make sure that the event flows smoothly. Among other duties, Camp Volunteers will be required to:

  • Oversee the registration process at the start of the Camp (handing out materials and registering students)
  • Assist with communication and translation among Camp participants and craftspeople
  • Assist with purchase and transport of material necessary for work sites
  • Coordinate activity of working group on site
  • Assist the group leader/craftsperson with any requirements related to the restoration work or group management
  • Assist with arrangements for group study visits (supervising group, checking tickets, etc.)
  • Keep lecture room in order—before, during and after lectures
  • Assist with final exam (monitoring exam, collecting exams and final evaluations)
  • Provide a link between the group and monument owner or visitors (be able to explain what is happening)

Eligibility & Qualifications Requirements

Please ensure that you meet all of the eligibility requirements listed below:

  • Must be a former participant of a CHwB Regional Restoration Camp
  • Must speak fluent English, as well as the primary language of the country where the camp is held: Albania and Kosovo (Albanian), Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia (Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian)
  • Honest, cheerful and efficient worker
  • Doesn’t smoke while working
  • Good communicator
  • Takes responsibility for actions

If you meet these requirements and want to dive back into the exciting and rewarding atmosphere of the CHwB Regional Restoration Camps, download the application below:


And return it before the deadline via:


CHwB Regional Office
Rr. Ismail Qemali
P. 34/1, Kt. III, Zr. 15

The volunteer application DEADLINE for each camp is below:

Gjirokastra, Albania: 26 April – 10 May
Themes: Building conservation / heritage management / interpretation
Application deadline: 31 March

Rogljevo, Serbia: 24 May – 7 June
Themes: Building conservation / heritage for development  / interpretation
Application deadline: 15 April

Jajce, B&H: 12 – 26 July
Themes: Building conservation / maintenance plans & programs / interpretation
Application deadline: 15 April

Gjirokastra, Albania: 13 – 27 September
Themes: Building conservation / heritage management  / interpretation
Application deadline: 25 July

Announcing the 2014 Regional Restoration Camps!


This year, CHwB will be hosting a new series of 5 Regional Restoration Camps across the Western Balkans.

The 16th through 20th Regional Restoration Camps will provide participants with engaging lectures and hands-on experience with restoration and conservation, using traditional materials and techniques, as well as with the interpretation and management of cultural heritage sites.

During each 2-week camp, participants will follow a rigorous but very fulfilling schedule, which combines theory – through lectures and presentations – with exercises and physical work on historic monuments and objects in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo or Serbia. This year, however, each Camp will feature a unique set of guiding themes. Every participant will still receive a broad core of knowledge about conservation, restoration, interpretation and heritage management. Now these will be enhanced by a particular theme to be explored at each location.

Be sure to pay close attention to the dates, themes and application deadline for each of the 2014 Camps:

Gjirokastra, Albania: 26 April – 10 May
Themes: Building conservation / heritage management / interpretation
Application deadline: 1 April

Rogljevo, Serbia: 28 June – 12 July
Themes: Building conservation / heritage for development  / interpretation
Application deadline: 15 April

Jajce, B&H: 12 – 26 July
Themes: Building conservation / maintenance plans & programs / interpretation
Application deadline: 15 April

Gjirokastra, Albania: 13 – 27 September
Themes: Building conservation / heritage management  / interpretation
Application deadline: 25 July

Mitrovica, Kosovo: 13 – 27 September
Themes: Conservation of movable objects / interpretation
Application deadline: 25 July


Each intervention will be directly helping local residents, either with the repair and conservation of their valuable houses or with new means of understanding, interpreting and revitalizing them.

While they will be conducted separately, these restoration camps form part of a region-wide push to encourage people to understand the value and learn how to care for their local heritage. The main objective is to use cultural heritage as a platform for professionals, both men and women, to meet and create conditions for reconciliation as a prerequisite for peace and democracy with respect to human rights, as well as to stimulate local economic growth through the development of cultural heritage.

Students and young professionals from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia, are particularly encouraged to apply. For participants coming from these countries, CHwB will cover the following costs of the Camp: tuition, on-site accommodation with breakfast, Camp excursions and materials for camp participation, including tools, papers, etc. Participants will be responsible for paying for their own meals, as well as travel to the location of the Camp. CHwB will not cover those costs.

Applications from other countries are welcome, though they will be required to pay a fee to cover the cost of their participation at the Camp. This fee will be 750 euros, which includes the tuition, on-site accommodation with breakfast, camp materials and planned excursions. Participants will be responsible for paying for their own meals, as well as travel to the location of the Camp. Those costs are not included in the participation fee.

*Note: CHwB will cover meal costs only for participants of the 17th Camp in Rogljevo, Serbia, due to the lack of dining options in the village where the Camp is located.


1. Download the PDF application form (below)

Camp Application 2014.pdf

2. Fill out the application completely, including all supporting documents

3. Send the entire application by email or post to:


CHwB Regional Office
Rr. Ismail Qemali
P. 34/1, Kati III, Zyra 15

4. CHwB will confirm that we have received your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 1 week, please contact CHwB at gro.b1624216241whc@C1624216241RR1624216241.

We look forward to see you at one of the five exciting Regional Restoration Camps of 2014!

A note for past RRC participants: If you would like to experience the Camps again, you may apply to be a volunteer leader (a separate application will be posted soon!), or you may attend a second time by paying the full participation fee.

Upcoming textile conservation training in Gjirokastra!


Heritage Without Borders (HWB), in partnership with Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB) will be offering a textile conservation training course in Gjirokastra, Albania, from 7-16 April 2014, funded by the Clothworkers’ Foundation.

HWB will run a 10-day textile conservation training course for regional museum professionals in Gjirokastra, Albania. The course will help local heritage professionals to conserve and interpret museum collections of unique textiles currently housed in the Ethnographic Museum in the historic city of Gjirokastra. Applications for limited places are currently being accepted from heritage professionals who can demonstrate how the course will benefit them and their institution.

IMG_2765webGjirokastra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Southern Albania; an ancient populated area, now a historic Ottoman influenced town built around a 13th century castle. Its 43,000 residents include Albanian, Greek, Vlach and Roma communities. The area has a rich textile history, with much of the production of costume and textiles traditionally undertaken by women. However, in recent decades many of these traditional skills have been dying out.

HWB will cover all participation costs of participants (materials and excursions for the conservation school, accommodation, a meal per diem) except for their travel to/from Gjirokastra, Albania.

Who is this course for?

This course is for museum professionals from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro who need to look after historic textile collections. Curatorial and conservation staff are eligible to apply.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Awareness of preventive and remedial conservation with respect to textile conservation in modern museums
  • Ability to safely assess textile needs and produce a condition report
  • Ability to handle, package and transport objects with confidence
  • Ability to plan storage for collections
  • Awareness of environmental needs for textiles and ability to think critically about various methods of environmental controls
  • Ability to think critically about public engagement and interpretation of textile collections.

Course Format

The course will be taught through lectures, practical training using the museum’s collections, visits and group discussions. Participants will learn how to tackle risks that threaten textile collections and have an opportunity to share their own experiences with the group. The working language will be English.

Apply now! The deadline is: 18 March 2014

To apply, please use the attached application form (below). For more information, contact:
Dominica D’Arcangelo at gro.s1624216241redro1624216241btuoh1624216241tiweg1624216241atire1624216241h@aci1624216241nimod1624216241
or Nedi Petri at moc.l1624216241iamg@1624216241irtep1624216241iden1624216241

Application Form: Textile Conservation



Open Call for the Regional Heritage Seminar in Prizren, Kosovo


Cultural Heritage without Borders encourages you to apply to attend the regional seminar entitled “Past Stories and Future Memories” to be held between October 28 – 30, 2013 in Prizren, Kosovo.

Stories bring places alive and make them relevant to people in contemporary settings, but many stories get buried or lost. Participants will focus around uncovering and reclaiming stories related to heritage sites – their past use and their future potential – through lectures, presentations and the discussions.

This seminar will be of interest to practitioners and academics engaged in heritage practice, audience development and programming. It will consider both strategic and practical approaches designed to connecting people to their heritage and to those of others, with a particular focus on:

  1. Approaches for working with stories and narratives through interpretation
  2. Role of museums and heritage in human rights
  3. Hidden and buried heritage

The seminar will also explore and discuss several case studies from the region and beyond.

The event is organized as a part of the regional project “The Western Balkans – From Historical Integration to Contemporary Active Participation”. The main objective is to use cultural heritage as a platform for professionals, both men and women, to meet and create conditions for reconciliation as a prerequisite for peace and democracy with respect to human rights, as well as to stimulate local economic growth through cultural heritage being developed into an income-generating activity. It is implemented by the foundation Cultural Heritage without Borders in partnership with Co-Plan (from Albania) and Mozaik Foundation (from Bosnia and Herzegovina). The project is funded by the European Commission under the contract number 2011/277-768.

Before applying , please be aware that English will be the working language during the seminar and that the number of participants is limited to 20. Therefore we strongly recommend that you register by October 14. Please send your requests and/or enquiries to the following addresses:

gro.b1624216241whc@c1624216241izdah1624216241.alje1624216241l1624216241 or gro.b1624216241whc@i1624216241callb1624216241.nair1624216241im1624216241

We look forward to seeing you in Prizren.