From 18 August to 31 August 2019
July 1, 2019
The volunteers will help to conserve historic stone and brick masonry using traditional technologies.
Tematín Castle is situated on a side ridge of the Považský Inovec mountain range at an altitude of 605 above the sea level. It was part of the chain of border castles and it was built far from any settlements and is now considered one of the least accessible castles in Slovakia. As to its early history, archaeological research indicates that the first brick buildings of the castle were built around the year 1250. It began losing its renown of unconquerable fortress towards the end of the 18th century, since the nobility were at that time building more luxurious and more comfortable mansions in the lowlands. As of the year 2007, the castle has remained in the care of the Tematín Castle Association. With the help of volunteers and staff, its members explore and preserve the castle. The ambition is to maintain the atmosphere of the castle as part of the beautiful countryside without allowing any massive interferences or new constructions. The project will be very intensive and consist of two parts – a practical working part and a study part. The practical working part, which will be at different parts of the site, will last six hours per day. In the evenings and during the weekend, educational and cultural activities will take place. The project will focus on traditional technologies of stone and brick masonry. The preservation works will be carried out directly at the historic walls and vaults of the medieval buildings which have been rebuilt and changed in Renaissance style, where the stone – and at vaults the brick – are the dominant building materials. Under the supervision of experts and skilled craftsmen in the field of cultural heritage restoration the volunteers will take part in the whole process, from lime preparation and lime burning, mortar mixing and stone selection up to stone laying technology in stonework. Pointing of historic masonry will be part of masonry work, too. In addition, the participants will be involved in the process of preserving historic plasters, stabilizing sandstone architectural elements and traditional carpentry. The practical work will be prepared, preceded and complemented by theoretical instruction. During the weekend, a trip will take place to the surrounding castles in order to know the conservation practices of various surrounding castles.
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. The working language of the project is English.
What to do
30 per week
Days off per week
The working part is 6 hours per day.
More information about conditions
The accommodation with shared rooms in the castle with dry toilets and field shower is provided. 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 organized by the Tematin Castle Association. The project 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.