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Cemeteries found. Cultural heritage in the periphe


Who is behind this?

longin graczyk

Ari Ari Foundation


Who is joining forces?

Stowarzyszenie Lapidaria


Studio Tyflografiki


Urząd Miasta i Gminy Skępe


State Archive in Wloclawek, Włocławek Scientific Society Charger Association Museum of Kujawy and Dobrzyn Town Office in Włocławek Parish of the Evangelical Augsburg in Wloclawek


Idea pitch

The project is targeted at local communities at risk of social exclusion from the poorest, peripheral regions in Poland. We will conduct a series of classes to develop and raise social and educational competences. The pretext will be to document and organize still preserved material evidence of the presence of various ethnic, religious communities: Dutch, Jewish, German, Russian. As part of the project, we will inventory objects, most often forgotten,but existing cemeteries (from XIX-XX century)

Where will your project idea take place?

periphery in Poland, southern part of the Cuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship; country:Wloclawek, Lipno

What is the specific societal challenge faced by this region?

No integrated shape of public space, no faith in areas outside the centers of cultural life in the possibility of change. Unemployment in the Włocławek and Lipno poviats remains at the basic level on a national scale. The consequences for social integrity and developmental development are fatal. Problems in creating positive social relations. Local communities have low confidence in public institutions, all forms of cooperation. From our data it is comparable that there is a need for integration. The best use is the animation of activities for the disappearing cultural heritage. Idea - cooperation with organizations from other European countries.

Who are you doing it for?

It is addressed to seniors, children and youth from small villages and towns of poor regions. Feeling of peripherality, lack of opportunities, lack of public space, recognition and perspectives. The feeling of being marginalized is common, especially in a situation where - each of the villages has unusual cultural resources - remaining in ruins. Compared to "big cities" and "famous" regions. We have conducted public consultations, most people want to get involved in restoring local cultural heritage. Together, we will create an answer to the lack of activities integrating the region's community. Systematic activities documenting and protecting the material cultural heritage, multiculturalism of the region - this is the idea of the inhabitants of the region.

How do you plan to get there?

1. Preparation,
recruitment of participants
field documentation - old cemeteries (out of over 200 in the region)
archive query
2. Workshops and trainings,
tolerance and intercultural dialogue workshops,
documentation and conservation "primum non nocere",
creating visual and informational identity
3. Work on restoring the forgotten heritage - a plan of 30 old cemeteries
Inventory of cultural heritage,
Organizing and documenting, with integration workshops
4. Animation and popularization activities, enlivening, restoring and popularizing cultural heritage,
cultural and educational paths,
stories of towns, historic buildings,
multicultural trail, mobile exhibition,
social education program,
5. Promotion of the project
6. Evaluation and summary,
Surveys, interviews, reports.

What are the expected results?

1. raising the knowledge and skills of at least 150 participants in cultural and social projects, 2. conducting a series of integration workshops and field activities, 3. arranging, documenting and promoting cultural heritage, at least 30 cemeteries, 4. activating at least 30 local communities , intergenerational and environmental integration, improving access to knowledge and the importance of education and integration, shaping premises, ties and regional identities, 5. information campaign raising knowledge about local activity and building civil society, support for local centers for shaping civic and community attitudes. 6. Continuation and increase of resources and scope of participation of subsequent local communities in the region - implementation of the action.

How does your idea strengthen active citizenship at a local and community level?

Activation of inhabitants at risk of social exclusion, especially through joint action focused on documentation and protection of cultural heritage. Working together will be a pretext for practical social and civic education, combining inclusive qualities, raising the level of education and skills - making the inhabitants of small towns far away from urban centers more valuable. Building social bonds will be a thread connecting activities: social, intergenerational, environmental. Counteracting social exclusion, with particular emphasis on forgotten places and objects - as a cultural reference, building community and identity.
The impact of educated, activated people, activation of local communities, creation of cooperation networks - with other EU countries.

Why is this idea important to you?

We consider interest in restoring cultural heritage as the best way to solve social and cultural problems in the region and Europe. Especially counteracting racism and xenophobia, intercultural dialogue. Our organization is based in the province in which they are communities. We work with educational and research programs as indicated.
Projects, among others, 2018/19 - Media museums: small museums voivodeship kujawsko-pomorskiego; How to build social and economic capital locally? 2016/19 - Traveling exhibition. Traditional culture in Kujawy; Water Memory; Forgotten cemeteries in Kujawy; Invisible Water, animations and cultural education in Kujawy.

€ 51000,-

Total budget

€ 47000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

Major expenses

personnel costs 9000 EUR,
cost of equipment and materials (renovation, documentation) 8000 EUR,
cost of prints, boards, publication 6000 EUR,
project promotion cost (graphic design, multimedia, internet, community meetings) 8000 EUR,
travel and accommodation costs 8000 EUR,
transport cost (equipment, materials) 5000 EUR,
public relations 3000 EUR,
office expenses 4000 EUR,

We obtained co-financing for some activities from local government funds (4000 EUR)

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

Please, make any comments about the project:
- idea, methods of operation, area of activity, directions of cooperation, ways of creating a community in communities at risk of exclusion.


Idea created on May 21, 2020
Last edit on May 21, 2020

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