Training of Heritage Experts in the Open Air Museum of Lithuania

These days, the museum in Rumsiskes has a group of professional heritage management specialists and masters – the team of the project Fixus Mobilis. They are part of the resonant group of the Erasmus + „Smart Rehabilitation“ project. This twelve-person project team participates in theoretical and practical training organized by the Lithuanian Open Air Museum, during which it improves its ability to diagnose building-exhibit defects, repair damage caused by moisture and biological corrosion, manage wooden, brick, clay structures, metal, tin architectural elements and various types of roofs.

Following the good practice of European countries, 3 mobile inspection teams (9 employees in total) were formed during the Fixus Mobilis project. These teams investigate, monitor, supervise and deliver reports on the conditions of selected heritage buildings, consult buildings` owners and managers, make minor repairs, do emergency threat response works and draw an individual calendar preventive maintenance plan.

There are more than 20 000 immovable cultural heritage objects listed individually or as part of a complex on the National Cultural Heritage Register in Lithuania. Cultural heritage in the country combines various types of objects, from small vernacular architecture to majestic public, defensive or sacral buildings, from wooden to masonry structures.

Project FIXUS Mobilis aims to improve the management of cultural heritage by increasing preventive care. The main goal of this project is to create a new system of preventive monitoring and maintenance for cultural heritage objects, including raising heritage managers’ and owners’ awareness of the subject and strengthening practical skills.

These teams, or mobile workshops, investigate and report on the conditions of selected objects, consult owners and managers, perform small management – emergency threat elimination works, prepare an individual calendar preventive maintenance plan.

The result of this work is strengthened knowledge of cultural heritage owners and managers about their possessed objects and preventive maintenance, as well as prevention of major damages, which would result in excessive restoration works in the future. Different events are scheduled: public presentations, consultations, seminars and workshops for communities and cultural heritage owners and managers.

We present training moments and are happy to share our knowledge and experience with new professionals involved in building maintenance and rehabilitation.                      

Author: Rasa Bertasiute (UNIKA)

Study trip: research on mold and rot of the wooden granary 

Masonry workshop in the Open Air Museum

Carpentry workshop in the Open Air Museum

The work is accompanied by songs and dances