From 4 August to 17 August 2019
July 1, 2019
The participants will learn the traditional wood techniques while restoring historic windows and doors in the castle.
Erxleben Castle is an originally mediaeval mooted castle that was built by the Alvensleben family which lived there till 1945. Afterwards it was used as a technical school, and since 1990 it had been out of use. For more than fifteen years Deutsches Fachwerkzentrum Quedlinburg, a non-profit association, has been working on the preservation and restoration of historic buildings as an authentic living testimony of architectural heritage. The project will focus on the restoration of a Renaissance hall which had been used during the second half of the 20th century as class room. By careful restoration the room shall be transformed into a Renaissance hall again. During the Training Course “Traditional Wood Techniques” the participants will gain practical skills in restoration of historic windows. They will learn methods as boat-shaped insetting, the use of fish and bone glue in the restoration of historical wooden elements and others. The works will focus on windows from the Baroque time as well as from 18th and 19th centuries. Depending on the progress of the work the restoration of doors can be included in the programme, too. In addition, the restoration of historical half-timbered structures from the 18th century will be taught. The participants will gain theoretical knowledge about traditional timber joints such as mortise and tenon joints and gain practical skills in their restoration. The Training Course will be lead by conservators and masters of handicraft. Within the framework of the educational programme, excursions to heritage sites restored by Deutsches Fachwerkzentrum will be organised.
Who do you need?
Participants have to take part for the whole time of the project. Be informed, that during all projects the work will take place also on rainy and cold days and be prepared for that. In general, the language spoken in the project is English. But in all camps there is also the possibility to practice German with other volunteers, camp leaders and the local people.
What to do
30 per week
Days off per week
The working part is 6 hours per day.
More information about conditions
The accommodation is in the community centre; there are shared rooms with simple beds. Shower, toilet and kitchen are at the place. The equipment is simple but fair. The meals will be prepared together as they are part of the community life, what means that every participant will be responsible for the meal at least once during its stay. So it would be very nice if the participants could bring typical recipes from home in order to introduce each other to the preparation of food from all over the world. All costs linked to the project are covered, including food, accommodation, insurance and transportation during the stay at the project. Nevertheless individual travel insurance is also recommended to be bought by a participant. Travel costs to and from the camp place, visa costs are not covered. Participants should organize their journey to and from the project place by themselves and on their own expenses. Furthermore participants should bring their own pocket money.
This is a European Heritage Volunteers project, which combines practical work for the preservation or restoration of a cultural heritage site with an extensive educational part that gives the theoretical background for the hands-on works and provides deeper heritage linked knowledge. The camp place is situated in a small village in rural area, so the participants should not expect busy places and normal city activities for the leisure time during the working days. Small trips in walking distance are possible in the afternoon. On the weekends it is possible to organize an excursion to nearby cities or to have other leisure activities.