Summer University in Eger - 2011

Historic interiors and exteriors discussed during
the 41st Eger Summer university on monument protection

 

From June 30th until July 6th was the 41st Eger Summer university on monument protection. This year the theme was historic interiors and exteriors. As I know Dutch interiors and the Dutch methods of monument protection quite well, I wanted to learn more about Hungarian interiors and the way they are treated and protected. That is why I decided to attend the Eger Summer university for the first time.

For me – as a foreigner who wants to learn the Hungarian language, but doesn’t understand it yet – it was really good that the lectures were translated into English. The lecturer stood in the front of the room while the translator couple was sitting in the back of the room and was connected to me through my headphone. This system worked quite well, although in the beginning some persons in the back of the room got slightly confused by it and wondered why people behind them – the translators – were that impolite to whisper all the time.

This Summer university’s programme based on lectures and excursions was very broad as the subject was approached from different angles by persons with very different backgrounds. At the first day the definitions ‘room’ and ‘space’ were examined and we found out that these terms aren’t as clear as they appear to be. Through other lectures different kinds of spaces were treated at different levels, like whole cities or streets, architectural exteriors and interiors or natural gardens. We also learned more ways to approach historic spaces, which enabled us to react on questions like the following. Why do we need boundaries for historic spaces and what kind of boundaries? What conservation intensities are possible and which ones to choose?

Not only Hungarian spaces and Hungarian approaches were treated. Also lectures were given about Japanese spiritual seeing of spaces, Spanish architecture, German heritage values, Romanian utilization of historic spaces and the Dutch approaches of their heritage. This provoked thinking about and discussing the differences between those countries. It makes you wonder if different countries have different ways to approach their historic spaces, or these ways purely depend on the spaces themselves.

Through this course several examples were given of how to find a good balance between development of the area at one hand and protection of the historical site at the other hand. Many personal stories about research and conservation of historic sites were told. They were very various as historic spaces show the life and the history of the area in which they stand and of the people who use or used them. This was clarified through the excursions we made. And of cause these excursions were good opportunities to discover the beautiful historic city centre of Eger - as the Summer course wasn’t organised in Eger but near it - and of various historic spaces in Slovakia. Both excursions were very valuable, because it made us actually see what we were talking about.

To me this course was really successful. I found out much about not only Hungarian interiors and the way they are treated, but also about Hungarian historic sites in a broader sense. As a bonus I learned more about the situation in Germany, Spain and Japan too. But above all it was very nice to be with a group of people who really like to discuss researching, protecting and seeing cultural heritage and who like to talk about cultural developments in their countries. It was a good Summer course.

 

One of the beautiful sites in Slovakia - 1

One of the beautiful sites in Slovakia - 1

 

One of the beautiful sites in Slovakia - 2

One of the beautiful sites in Slovakia - 2

 

A day trip to Eger - 1

A day trip to Eger - 1

 

A day trip to Eger - 2

A day trip to Eger - 2

 

Photographers in action in a church in Slovakia

Photographers in action in a church in Slovakia

 

The interior of a Slovakian church - 1

The interior of a Slovakian church - 1

 

The interior of a Slovakian church - 2

The interior of a Slovakian church - 2

 

The interior of a Slovakian church - 3

The interior of a Slovakian church - 3

 

The interior of a Slovakian church - 4

The interior of a Slovakian church - 4

 

The interior of a Slovakian church - 5

The interior of a Slovakian church - 5

 

The interior of a Slovakian church - 6

The interior of a Slovakian church - 6

 

The interior of a Slovakian church - 7

The interior of a Slovakian church - 7

 

The interior of a Slovakian church - 8

The interior of a Slovakian church - 8

 

Laura Roscam Abbing

Researcher built heritage

Research master Science of Arts