Anwendung alter Handwerkstechniken, Rekonstruktion des kulturellen Erbes, gesunder Lebenstil mit Ernährung und Natur
Application of old craft techniques, reconstrution of cultural heritage, healthy lifestyle with nutrition and nature
11.08. - 18.08.2018
On Sunday we got to know local customs in a Lowther Show
The crafts were also presented, as here the basket maker with his stand.
is a large and impressive Neolithic Henge.
Mark told us some interesting things about Maryburgh Henge, the Discovery and the cult place.
Monday started with a visit to the office. There we were shown a PowerPoint presentation about the procedure of past excavations.
In this large archaeological company finds from the previous years were shown and explained to us in the archive. She cooperates with Grampus Heritage
The journey also stopt at the Carlise Castle. Mark Graham gave us explanations.
The rest of the day we visited Hadrians Wall and the Roman Fort.
A film reported on the construction and work of the Romans.
Mark and Jessica explained the origin and shape of the Lake Destrikt using the example of Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water and the various forest species.
Outdoor activities, such as tree climbing, mountaineering and hiking were seen everywhere.
Afterwards we visited the slate mine and heard a moving family history. We were able to see how successful the company is now and got to know a traditional building material of the region.
The day ended with the Archaeological Museum in Maryport.
Most of the museum's exhibits comes from a private collection.
High Snab Farm
The family leased the farm from the National Trust and has been managing it for 15 years.
Tom explained a few things about the characteristics of his sheep and the pastureland available for use.
He showed us how shepherd dogs are trained and how to shear sheep.
Dubwath Silver Meadow
A wetland made accessible to the public with paths and small houses. It can be used for recreation and also for wildlife watching.
Jennings Brewery Tour
- a tour of the brewery building with explanations and subsequent tasting of the different varieties
Here Grampus has carried out several excavations and it was found out that the abbey was originally much larger. In 2018, another archeology project will begin.
Thornby Moore Cheese
We had the opportunity to get to know the family history and the family business. This allowed us comparisons with cheese production in other countries (Cyprus, Romania).
In the afternoon we did a guided hike through the Solway Plain wetlands, a peat and heat habitat for many birds.
Keswick Castlerigg Stone Circle
The stone circle is one of the largest and earliest stone circles in the UK. It consists of 38 freestanding slate rocks and dates from the Neolithic period.
The museum was founded by a charity and must be economically self-supporting. You can accomplish this with guided tours, the sale of souvenirs and the management of a tea room.
The staff teaches students in the geological area and shows how to work with other "My find book".
Healthy lifestyle through the use of regional natural products, production and processing of food, craft trades and food production for the rural population
02.04.2019 - 09.04.2019
We met the other members and waiting in small local coffee shop in Dudenice, where they set up small bakery for cakes. Dudince is spa town, has a healing water for the musculoskeletal problems.
The next day
In the morning we have visited Lisov Muzeum in Lisov village, 10 km from Dudenice, where we introduced ourselves and made presentation and tour around the ethnographic museum, Celtic roundhouse and the gallery. We have talked about previous projects, reconstructions, workshops and opportunities for the developments in the museum and the village.
It has been reported what has been achieved in the museum over the last 4 years, how it has succeeded in involving young people from the village in workshops and events.
Lunch was prepared by local ladies in village hall, where we also met the new mayor and watched prepared presentation - an old documentary about village life and agriculture and some of the documentaries from the tv program. After a traditional slovak dish, a coffee and cake break, we made a small tour around the village.
After lunch we walked to cave house and visited them, had an introduction about using them in past. Throughout the walks, we observed the nature, collected some herbs.
In the evening, we had a dinner at the farm in Lisov, local food - homemade products from Pucek Farm. After the dinner, we have visited and tasted some wine in the old tuff stone cellars.
In the morning we drove to village Brhlovce and visited cave houses there. There is "Novy Dvor" Civic Association based, and they are restoring these houses since 2012, working on several projects, it is an art and craft education company and opened platform for the contemporary crafts, art and the contextof possible permaculture units.
Main use of restored cave houses will be for small exhibition, concerts because of it´s acoustics and workshops and preservation of traditional values in the compact historical complex of the "Surda" street in Brhlovce, consistent professional reconstruction of historic rock dwellings, creating workshops with craft, art-craft and artistic production as well as for the use of handicapped people, organizing education in these areas creating a utility based on ecological principles
All the house are situated lower in the village, just about 5 minutes walk from the road where we parked. The complex of the cave houses are listed in UNESCO as historical centers of Banská Stiavnica and listed as national heritage architecture. In 1994 , the Tekov Museum in Levice for the preservation and use of the unique cultural monument - the Rock Dwelling Exposition - won the international Europa Nostra award as the first organization in the Slovak Republic.
In the afternoon We visited young artist Patrik Smith in Cala village. We have been introduced to basic blacksmithing and some of the participants have had a chance to do some practice. We made simple nails.
Half of the group have visited SPA in DUDINICE , where they had a presentation about their work, treatments etc. They walked through hotel and visited different treatment rooms. Dudenice spa information office sends on Fridays groups of visitors to the museum to support tourism and development in the region.
The other half - Romanian students have been doing some practical work, decorating with textiles, and fashion photo shoot with jewelry made from recycled material, and nails we made in the blacksmith workshop.
Lunch was in new local restaurant called Local Bistro in the center of Dudince, who are cooking meals from local farmer´s products.
In the afternoonwe visited Bee farm of Lubomir Dvorsky. He showed us his bee hives and the production of honey, which we tasted in Green village shop in the Mask gallery. as a family, they keep bees for more than 50 years and look after 75 families of bee in two places - Hontianske Moravice and Lisov.
Later we visited local producer Olej Hont in Súdovce at the gate welcomed by their geese. It is a small company that press virgin oil from local and regional crops and seeds like - Raps seeds, Sunflower, Poppy, Walnut, Flax seeds and Hemp. We have tasted all the oils and had a chance to buy some.
Driving to Banská Stiavnica, a historic city in central Slovakia with a distinctly multicultural past.Well known for metal mining mainly silver and gold and it´s significant mining legislation, self-government and academic tradition, situated in the middle of the Stiavnické Mountains and is a town included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The presentation started in the middle of the town in the information center, where we visited small mine with the presentation and at the Square of Holy Trinity.
After exploring and walking through town, we passed by the wall with Salamanders and told the legend how salamander became `"founders" of gold and silver and slowly walked into Banskostiavnicky Betlehem - wood carved town by 3 local woodcarvers. It is a wooden 21 meter long, 3 m high powered by energy traditional skills exposition in little gallery with small shop with many wood products.
DAY SIX - Sunday morning
We visited small Sheep farm in Súduvce, who employ young Roma workers from Lisov and Súdovce. The presentation was led by Lanka Filipová, young Woman interested in animal care, sheep breeding and zoo technician. She has been looking after the breeds of sheep for several years and since the crisis on the farm, she has come to save the farm with his enthusiastic knowledge about better production.
The farm sheep breed is Slovak - Cigaja and Valaska mixed with french breed Lacuane. It has been very interesting visit of the farm and milking room, which was just now renewed. Farming in the Region is slowly improving and this farm was specifically for meat production. They also sell milk to local company for producing cheese.
It has been beautiful and sunny day, no better place than sitting in the vineyard called Jeruzalem, on the hill between Lisov and Súdovce, where we had a presentation about wine plantation, had a soup made form lamb meat from the farm and brocolli soup made in the village.
There was a time to head back to the Muzeum and support the local shop and see the preparation of the evening meal in the clay oven that was built by student over the summer from clay bricks. It is a 6 hours process of making fire, keeping the fire for 3 hours, preparing meal dishes and cooking it for at least 3 hours.
Afterwards we drove around 30 minuten to local cow farm Královce - Krnisov, where we saw their cows, and tasted cheese. Farm Krnisov is a family business for some years, where the keep 10 cows mainly for producing milk and cheese on the farm. They also have small smoking house for smoking cheese and rooms for the production. It was lovely and welcomed meeting.
The museum has a "Green Village" shop. Handcrafted products from the museum and the surrounding villages are sold here.
After the eventful days with all the partners and the prudent and diligent hosts, some small souvenirs were bought here by the visitors.