We fulfil our statutory aim of popularising and protecting the heritage of Poznań, following the principles of heritage interpretation. That is why we engage our visitors, refer to their experiences and use simple language to talk about the city.
The idea of heritage interpretation, which we borrowed from the American practice of nature preservation, was created in 1957 by Freeman Tilden. That year he published his book Interpreting Our Heritagewhich features six famous principles. One of the most important principles is to talk about heritage, relating it to the experience and personality of the visitors. We do not want to impose anything or simply pass information but we want our story to inspire visitors to think on their own. Heritage interpretation draws our attention to the need to engage visitors and make room for various points of view. This approach helps us instil in society aconviction that heritage is worth protecting and everyone can contribute.
We put the principles of heritage interpretation into practice when we design our main and temporary exhibitions, prepare educational programmes andmake films, audio materials and publications for tourists. Among others, our huge offer includes a series of films Ostrów pod lupą
We want to share our experience and expertisein heritage interpretation and promote the idea among the people and institutions responsible for taking care of heritage and its protection. That is why we organise events under the banner of “Interpretation for heritage protection”
Poznan Heritage Centre is a municipal cultural institution which tells the story of Poznań and its heritage. We are active in the areas of culture and tourism. Drawing on Poznań’s heritage, we inspire everyday social and individual growth. We work together.
The core values which we adhere to in our everyday work include:
“Just like a tree is born out of the ground, cultural heritage is born out of natural heritage. One is connected to the other, like oxygen is connected to the air, the air to breath, and breath to life. In other words, culture does not exist without nature, just like the human being is inextricably connected to water, plants, the air and the ground. Theydepend on one another. (…) The list of endangered species comprises millions of plants and animals, including the human being.”
#HeritageForTheClimateis a motto which accompanied us throughout the whole 2020 and which is still important to us. We want to act to makethe implementation of bigger and smaller changes,which really help protect the environment, easier. These cannot be just empty words, however, which is why from 2020 we have been introducing new solutions at our institution in order to take care of our heritage and our planet together!
The discussion about the choice of this theme for 2020 lasted several months. Not because we were not convinced of the importance of the subject. It was rather a question of a dilemma over whether a cultural institution, whose statutory area of activity focuses on local cultural heritage, can, in fact, have a say in the discussion on the global climate change. The discussion which seems to be reserved for scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs or, when it comes to our industry, nature and natural history museums and science centres.
Relatively quickly, however, the initial hesitation turned into a strong conviction that not only we can or should engage in the process of supporting mitigating and adaptive action relating to the global warming, but it is, in fact, our duty. It is our ethical obligation resulting from the social responsibility of a cultural institution to take care of the heritage entrusted to it.
The plan of action, which has been adopted to implement #HeritageForTheClimate’s postulates is twofold. First of all, we acknowledge that an effective way to shape pro-environmental behaviours is to set an example. Thus, we created PHC’s ‘green code’. Secondly, drawing on our knowledge, passion, space and resources, we organise events and run projects promoting education for climate protection. We are also a member of the Climate Heritage Network.
We perceive talking about changes and introducing them in individual, institutional and social behaviours as a permanent process of self-improvement. We are trying to approach the subject holistically, implementing it in our everyday work.