Celebrating cultural heritage with the next generation
“We have to know where we came from in order to understand our present: in this way we hope to have both pride and humility in the knowledge that we still have things to learn” - British participant
What role does cultural heritage play in the way we interact with each other? How can digital technology help preserve cultural heritage? How do our local cultures complement or clash with a collective European identity? We set out to answer these questions and many more. During an exciting weekend in Berlin with UK-German Connection, we worked with 60 enthusiastic German and British pupils to explore the history and future of cultural heritage: discussing Berlin's cultural heritage in a guided tour on street art, a Jewish history tour in the Bavarian quarter, a VR experience of the Berlin wall and exploring the former airport Berlin Tempelhof.
In 2018, the whole European Union is celebrating its diverse backgrounds and cultures in a Year of Culture Heritage. This offered us the chance to get together and share our experiences with each other, because young people make up the generation that will determine what cultural heritage is and what role it plays in our futures - This is why we wanted to hear their voices on the topic.
“Digital technology provides us with an amazing way to share our cultural heritage; I believe it is a duty, a privilege and a responsibility for us to do this” - German participant