- Creativity and enterprise training “crash-camp” is a training program for adults to foster small enterprises in the area with the aim to train a local person to develop the training further and to create a network of entrepreneurs further on. During the preparation of this project we met with potential service provider who is experienced at the field of entrepreneurship training. The potential service provider is KreativitetsAkseleratoren AS from Norway.
- Nature trail has been created to increase environmental awareness and survival skills of kindergarten and schoolchildren in Raasiku and in neighbouring parishes. The trail is located in the vicinity of Pikavere manor and includes different active learning tasks. Teachers of Pikavere kindergarten and school will receive respective training.
- Instrumental folk music area focuses on teaching of kannel (Estonian plucked zither) and other folk music instruments at Aruküla Hobby School ‘Swallow’ and Pikavere Kindergarten and Primary School. Project resources will be used to acquire folk musical instruments, compile a curriculum, teach people interested to play the instruments and organise folk music concerts and parties.
- Village cafe aims to cater for different community events, children’s and parents’ parties, participants of trainings and nature trail visitors.
- contribution to launch the visitor centre at Suuremõisa Manor and to develop the contents thereof and to introduce of the possibilities of the visitor centre to local tourism agencies and small-scale enterprises;
- contribution to involve the Hiiumaa community – residents of Suuremõisa and Pühalepa municipality, local tourism agencies and small-scale enterprises – in the preservation and more active use of Suuremõisa Manor heritage;
- contribution to connect the community more effectively with their living environment of historical value by ways of regional history research, training courses introducing cultural heritage and practical study days.
- Seminars to plan an operating visitor centre at Suuremõisa Manor.
- Participants include employees of Hiiumaa Vocational School and Heritage Society as well as local tourism agencies and small-scale enterprises. A preparatory visit to Suuremõisa and two seminars (one in Estonia and the other in Norway) are organised. The employees of the Project Partner, Hå Gamle Prestegård culture centre in Norway, act as consultants.
- The needs of the visitor centre in the manor house are mapped and the development plan of the Suuremõisa Manor visitor centre is created;
- Training courses and practical study days dealing with restoration of stone buildings.
- Theoretical and practical study days are organised – introduction and use of traditional materials and techniques, tours in Suuremõisa and other stone mills and buildings of historical value in Estonia. The walls of the first preserved level of ruins of Suuremõisa mill dating back to 1840 are partially conserved. The practice base works under the open site principle and all persons interested have access thereto.
- Traditional training and consultant advice in masonry such that the proposed restoration of Obrestad Lighthouse, a granite stone and cement building from 1873 and its buildings, is done in the best possible manner. Highly skilled Estonian specialists will help HGP understand the possibilities, limitations and minimum requirements of the lighthouse. This would include advice and training about: masonry and cement techniques; drainage & ventilation requirements and solutions; advice regarding the possible re-application of limestone to the building’s exterior; refurbishment and maintenance of the lighthouse’s tower and viewing platform; long term maintenance requirements;
- Guide training.
Five people from Suuremõisa are trained and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to find employment in the visitor centre at Suuremõisa Manor. The candidates may only include local residents. The Suuremõisa Manor ensemble and surroundings thereof will be studied: Pühalepa Church and Churchyard, Pühalepa Cemetery, Pühalepa Vicarage and Kummistu Cemetery;
- Creation of a permanent exposition in the museum room.
A museum room is established in the space to the left of the main entrance of Suuremõisa Manor in cooperation with Hiiumaa Museum. A permanent exposition introducing the history of the manor complex will be displayed there. Historical materials regarding the manor and surroundings thereof are collected, systemised and exhibited in the museum room in order to maintain and preserve the materials for future generations. The creation of the exposition forms part of the guide training, but all people of the community interested are welcome to participate;
- Issuing of publications.
A publication and postcard series will be published about Suuremõisa Manor and sites of historical and cultural importance surrounding it.
- Restoration of Palupera aviary in a scope that allows community members and guests to use the building from spring to autumn;
- Cleaning the part of the manor park – pond and its surrounding;
- Creating the rose bed in front of the manor school and planting area behind the manor school according to the restoration project of the manor park and with the help of an expert;
- Organizing trainings for the guides who would take the responsibility to host the guests of the manor school;
- Organizing heritage workshops in aviary with aim to guarantee the sustainability of traditional rural activities and methods;
- Creating the special keepsake and almanac of manor school and organizing 12 music concerts in manor school.
Project name: Learning with Horses.
Since 2005, the 17th century Vodja Manor has hosted the Vodja School, an alternative educational environment that provides inclusive learning opportunities for children with educational challenges. Through the Learning with Horses project, the school will expand its ability to meet the educational and psychological needs of its students while contributing to the economic development of its community.
The project provides funding for both structural improvements to the estate and the programming necessary to ensure that those improvements meaningfully benefit the schoolchildren and larger community. First, the mansion's stables will be renovated. This renovation, carried out with an eye to sustainability, will make the stables a comfortable home for the three new horses that will be acquired through the Learning with Horses project. After receiving international certificates in equine therapy, three Vodja School staff members will work to integrate equine-based psychotherapy into the school's programming. Children will receive equine therapy, which has been shown to provide important psychological benefits, such as reduced stress. Additionally, through activities like plowing and firewood transport, the horses will be directly integrated into the school's outdoor education programs, allowing students to gain firsthand experience with traditional Estonian lifeways.
The Learning with Horses project has the potential to not only transform the lives of the Vodja schoolchildren, but also to improve the economic prospects of the school's community. The project will facilitate broader equine-based outreach programs, such as training retreats for professionals and summer sessions for the community. Additionally, by helping Vodja School increase its renown, and by making the area a better place to live, the program may help attract young families to the area.
Project duration: 10.10.2014-31.12.2015
Grant given: 59 984,94 Euros, self-financing 18 738,32 Euros
Roosna-Alliku vald, 73202 Järvamaa
Telephone: 3869874/+372 53733764
Homepage of Rocca al Mare School: www.ramkool.edu.ee
Project name: Developing Tõstamaa Manor School as a Multi-Faceted Community Center for Tourism and Culture.
Project Description: Since 2011, the number of summer visitors to Tõstamaa Manor has increased about five-fold but without a café or robust and multi-lingual tour and informational offerings, it has been difficult for the manor to capitalize on this and provide the best experience possible for visitors. This project will use a four-fold approach to help Tõstamaa Manor build on the momentum it has generated since its 2004 renovations and become a cultural hub for visitors and residents alike.
First, the project will allow for the acquisition of media equipment and the development of a manor café. Projectors, speakers, and Blu-Ray players will enable the manor to expand its role as a community center by enabling it to host film screenings and other events. The café is a much-needed addition since the closest restaurant to the manor is currently a kilometer away. The café will help the manor house become a destination spot and will allow guests to have a more refreshing and relaxing visit.
Second, adult education classes will be offered to local residents. Guides will receive English and Russian language training, which will allow them to more effectively offer tours to a wide range of manor visitors. Additionally, handwork instruction and entrepreneurial support will be provided to community members who wish to launch handicraft ventures.
A third aspect of the project is the development of more robust informational materials for visitors to the manor. Though there are some printed materials available about the history of the town of Tõstamaa, visitor demand for information about the history of education, labor relations, and architecture at the manor has remained largely unmet. The project involves the production of a book about the history of Tõstamaa that visitors to the manor will be able to consult.
Finally, the project will allow for the creation of a development strategy for handicraft tourism. In combination with the project’s handiwork adult education classes, this plan will help to provide economic opportunities for area artisans and to develop a tourism industry around the manor.
Project duration: 01.08.2014-30.12.2015
Grant given: 33 181,65 Euros, self-financing 6733,78 Euros
Development projects collaborative partner: SA Tõstamaa Mõis
Project name: Making Pürksi Manor School a Center for Handcrafts and Creative Arts.
Project Description: This project seeks to promote social cohesion and entrepreneurship by helping to make Pürksi Manor School a hub of handiwork and creative arts in Noarootsi Parish.
Substantial renovations to one of the manor’s outbuilding will allow it to serve as the estate’s new handiwork center. The center will bring together local artisans and those who wish to learn a handcraft for frequent and accessibly priced training workshops. Participants will be able to learn everything from felting and ceramics to wood restoration and blacksmithing. Not only will these workshops provide employment opportunities for teachers and potentially open up new revenue streams for attendees, they will also help Noarootsi keep its traditional folk arts alive.
Further, beyond just equipping local residents with the skills they need to pursue entrepreneurial handiwork ventures and collaborations, this project will also provide them with platforms for selling their handcrafts. Bi-monthly farmer’s markets in the summer months will give local vendors an avenue for selling to tourists. Additionally, the project will support the development of a marketing and development plan that will help establish additional market channels for Noarootsi artisans affiliated with Pürksi Manor. Collectively, these initiatives are targeted at raising the standard of living in Noarootsi and make rural living in the parish more sustainable.
Project duration: 01.05.2014-31.12.15
Grant given: 54 351,39 Euros, self financing 6039,04 Euros
MTÜ Tervem Noarootsi
Pürksi küla, Noarootsi vald, Läänemaa
Telephone: 5545400 / 55507282
Project name: Tammistu Shines Again!
Project Description: Tammistu Manor, the only manor house school in Tartu County, is currently in use as a center for disabled children and their families. Through the Tammistu Shines Again! project, the manor will pursue renovations, planning, and events that allow it to better serve its core constituency while also expanding the range of community members who can benefit from the long vacant manor.
Tammistu Shines Again! will support a comprehensive package of structural tests and improvements to the manor complex. The manor’s accessibility, conservation, lighting, and safety status will be assessed and strategic improvements will be made to ensure that the complex is both well suited for community use and properly conserved. One component of this process will be the acquisition of appropriate furnishings for the interior of the primary manor building. Other buildings will see more substantial structural changes: designs will be drawn for converting the manor’s coach house into support facilities for the manor’s barn, which has been in use as an event venue since 2008.
Through collaboration with individual and commercial local stakeholders, the project administrators will develop a networking and development plan that outlines how the buildings on the estate will be used and how various community members can be mobilized to participate in the manor’s revitalization. At least 20 local community participants will be involved in the early stages of plan development and the plan will be drafted in co-operation with local stakeholders.
Another way in which the project will promote community engagement with the manor is through the establishment of an annual Play Day event. Modeled off of Sweden’s Lekens Dag, held each summer in Göteborg, Tammistu’s Play Day will offer fun and play for children, while also attracting visitors to Tammistu and providing economic opportunities for local stakeholders.
Through its “manor-twinning” component, this project will have an impact that extends beyond the manor complex or the town of Tammistu. Tammistu will partner with a manor complex from another country in the Baltic Sea region to share perspectives and potentially develop more substantial marketing collaborations.
Project duration: 01.0 6.2014-20.12.2015
Grant given: 59 994,00 Euros, self financing 6666 Euros
Development projects collaborative partner: ASVO Nøtterøy AS
Project name: Developing the Services of Ruila Manor
Project Description: This project seeks to turn the Ruila manor complex, which is currently a school serving more than 100 students, into a community center offering a wide range of activities and promoting a local cultural identity. The manor complex already boasts a gymnasium, handwork facility, and library and has strong base of local involvement and support. This grant will allow it to optimize its use of these structural and social resources in order to provide relevant and appealing programming options to the local community. The envisioned audience is not just the family members of children attending the school, but also visitors to the manor and local residents, particularly those who may not be familiar with the cultural heritage of the region.
With European Economic Area grant support, Ruila Manor hopes to increase the frequency with which its complex is used for community activities and to expand the scope of programming offered. New weekly pottery classes will introduce students to working with clay and to the techniques needed to make both functional and decorative items in the local folk tradition. New horseback riding tours and opportunities to canoe and snowshoe will help the manor showcase its natural heritage to guests. Additionally, the manor will develop the conference and catering facilities necessary to host groups of visitors and concerts will be put on several times a year.
Through this project-supported programming, Ruila Manor hopes to become not just a place to learn about pottery or horseback riding, but also a community center whose operations and offerings reflect the interests of the community.
Project duration: 1.09.2014-31.12.2015
Grant given:19 108,82 Euros, self-financing 2123,20 Euros
Development projects collaborative partner: OÜ Kirret
Project name: Showcasing Suure-Kõpu through Art and Taste
Project Description: Though it is located in Southern Estonia, the late classicist Suure-Kõpu is adorned with Pompeian-style murals and features impressive neo-antique Italian design elements. The Showcasing Suure-Kõpu through Art and Taste project is a comprehensive initiative to help promote public access to and awareness of this remarkable manor. The project will bring together new technologies and antique aesthetics to create a sensory learning experience for guests.
Though some of the manor’s murals were destroyed during previous restorations, the manor will use projection technology to give guests a sense of what the originals may have looked like. A multimedia installation will also provide guests with historical context and background information. For example, the installation will feature information about the technical aspects of the manor’s Pompeian murals and about the ways in which local Estonian produce, such as herbs from the Suure-Kõpu garden, can be incorporated into traditionally Italian cuisine. This information may be combined with more hands-on learning opportunities, such as fresco painting lessons or cooking classes, to give guests a more sensory appreciation of the manor’s heritage.
The project also involves the development of a multi-tiered Italian style garden behind the main manor building. This garden will not only provide a place for relaxation, recreation, and growing herbs, but will also bring to the forefront the manor’s unique hybrid aesthetic style.
Another aspect of the Showcasing Suure-Kõpu through Art and Taste project is the development of a marketing strategy that will allow the manor attract more visitors. After collecting information about the current regional tourism market, the manor’s marketing plan team will develop a set of strategic action steps for increasing the number of guests to the manor.
Project duration: 15.08.2014-31.12.2015
Grant given: 59 941,55 Euros, self financing 10 581,45 Euros
Project name: Kiltsi Map Castle
Project Description: Drawing on Kiltsi Palace’s history as the home of 19th century explorer Adam Johann von Krusenstern, this project will help Kiltsi Manor reinvent itself as “Kiltsi Map Castle.” This rebranding will involve the development of map exhibitions and displays about von Krusenstern that will help Kiltsi become a destination for both school groups and cartography enthusiasts alike.
Visitors to the manor will learn about its history as they move throughout its rooms. Starting in the partially excavated basement, guests will learn about the construction of the manor in the 14th and 15th centuries. Moving into the stairway hall, guests will be greeted by thematic displays about the history of the manor. Part of the second floor of the main building will be dedicated to showcasing the personal artifacts of Adam Johann von Krusenstern, who lived in the manor. These tangible pieces will be used to illustrate information about von Krusenstern’s life at Kiltsi, his famous trip around the globe, and his family’s role in the history of navigation and map making.
In a separate wing of the building there will be an exhibit where museumgoers can both lean about the historical progression of mapmaking techniques and try their hand at using those same techniques to make their own maps. Kiltsi’s Map Castle will extend beyond the actual walls of the castle: orienteering trails on the manor’s grounds will allow guests to explore the manor’s grounds while familiarizing themselves with some of the navigational techniques that early explorers like Adam Johann von Krusenstern relied on.
Project duration: 01.10.2014-03.09.2015
Grant given: 57 800,00 Euros, self-financing 10 200 Euros
Project name: Reviving the Memory of Julius Kuperjanov in Puurmani Manor.
Project Description: This project brings together archival materials, 21st century technology, and historical theatre, to celebrate Puurmani manor’s role as the site of Julius Kuperjanov’s partisan battalion during the Estonian War of Independence. The grant will be used to transform one of the manor’s rooms into an exhibition space that showcases information about three facets of the manor’s history. In addition to providing artifacts, photographs and documents relevant to Kuperjanov’s stay at the manor, the space will host information and displays about the manor’s original owners, the Von Manteuffelite family, and about the manor’s history and continued operations as a school.
A digital kiosk will greet visitors to the exhibition and provide them with easily navigable information about the mansion and Kuperjanov’s time in it. The kiosk’s information will be available in a variety of languages so that as many as possible of the estate’s increasingly international guests may learn about Kuperjanov and the manor. Additionally, a manor representative will be on hand to provide supplementary information to visitors or answer questions. The project will not only promote awareness about Julius Kuperjanov and the history of Puurmani Manor, but also build on existing momentum to help Purmani Manor become a more significant tourist attraction and community center. Through increased marketing efforts and collaboration with tour groups, the project’s promoters hope to boost the manor’s visitors by 15-25% annually. This type of increase in visitors will not only generate ticket and guide services revenue for the manor, but will also help create new entrepreneurial opportunities for local handcraft artisans.
Another component of the project is the production of a play about Julius Kuperjanov’s life and role in securing Estonian independence. This aspect of the project will both directly engage amateur local performers as actors and actresses and serve as an educational opportunity for audience members. Additionally, the production will contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Puurmani Manor long after its final curtain is closed, since the stage constructed for this play will be re-used for concerts and performances at the manor.
Project duration: 01.08.2014-30.12.2015
Grant given: 23 486,76 Euros
Tallinna mnt 1, Puurmani alevik, Puurmani vald, 49014 Jõgevamaa
Telephone: 773 7284
Homepage of Puurmani Manor: http://www.puurmani.ee/projektid1