ESTONIA, TallinnEducation, training and awareness-raising
PROGRAMME FOR OWNERS OF RURAL BUILDINGS IN ESTONIA
In organizing different training courses and similar activities, the museum has thus grown from its original territory and extended its activities throughout the nation. Special courses are based on case studies where participants can learn by doing, and thus contribute with their work to the preservation and future maintenance of the vernacular architecture of the different regions. In the years since its foundation, the Museum has organised more than 80 practical training courses for over 1700 participants.
Across Europe, owners of authentic homes which are not officially listed are often left to their own devices for maintenance and restoration. The Jury were therefore pleased to proclaim this Museum's initiative to help owners of traditional rural houses in Estonia with practical hands-on training as an example to the rest of Europe. It helps not only to preserve traditional building skills and use of traditional materials, but promotes the integration of modern technology to adapt houses for the 21st century. The fact that over the years so many homeowners have participated is proof of the programme’s practical success.