Erasmus+ Exchange Programme Launch
INTO members kick off new knowledge sharing project
From 14-16 June 2022, a group of INTO Europe members met in Surrey, UK, to launch an exciting new knowledge sharing and staff exchange programme.
We brought together representatives of the Czech National Trust, Herita in Flanders, National Trust for Scotland, FAI Fondo Ambiente Italiano and the National Trust of Slovakia with National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland colleagues to begin our Erasmus+ funded SEECHT Project.
The programme included site visits to Polesden Lacey and Hatchlands Park in Surrey. National Trust managers briefed us on aspects of the visitor business relevant to the SEECHT project, such as visitor welcome, volunteering and membership.
Tiger de Souza, People Engagement Director, gave a fascinating insight into the National Trust’s strategic priorities of inclusion, diversity and access. In a facilitated discussion, we considered how to extend access to the widest possible demographic, improving accessibility for people living with disabilities and the sort of programmes and activities we can implement to make our places relevant to people from all backgrounds.
The meeting was also an opportunity to set up the first phase of the project and finalise arrangements for the all-important secondments.
Exchange of experience and expertise
The Staff Exchange in European Cultural Heritage Trusts (SEECHT) project offers staff and volunteers at INTO member organisations the opportunity to undertake mini-secondments (up to two weeks) with other Trusts in the network.
In a complex matrix that criss-crosses Europe, a series of staff exchanges will enable knowledge-sharing and the development of new, joint strategies. Participants will then deliver practical pilot projects at their sites that broaden access to their heritage sites.
At the end of the project, we will create a toolkit capturing the learning and case studies. This will be presented at an event in Czech Republic in Spring 2023.
SEECHT is led by the Czech National Trust, working closely with INTO and partner organisations Herita in Flanders, National Trust for Scotland, National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, FAI Fondo Ambiente Italiano and the National Trust of Slovakia.
Learn about Erasmus+
Our new reciprocal visiting programme is a key part of the SEECHT project. INTO Places offers members of participating Trusts the chance to visit the properties of other INTO members for free.Learn more
INTO members involved