Beneficiary Union REMPART (REMPART)
Union REMPART groups together more than 180 local heritage preservation associations to coordinate and promote the voluntary workcamps that they set up. One of its many tasks is to keep a close check on the quality of the projects and actions carried out under its supervision, which means monitoring the quality of the restoration activities and how volunteers are welcomed. For the last 15 years Union REMPART's policy has been to promote and develop international partnerships in answer to our partners' requests, but also to further the aims which REMPART holds dear. Union REMPART member associations work on a wide variety of cultural heritage sites : chapels, priories, castles, villages, mills... listed buildings or less obvious items of heritage...Each site entrusted to a REMPART member association is part of a local development program and therefore not only is it preserved or restored, but it is also given a new purpose and actually reused. REMPART's action not only aims at preserving the actual heritage site but also to promote and preserve traditional building and restoration techniques. This experience with heritage preservation is unique and has been used to guide initiatives undertaken over the last decades in Sweden, Hungary, Israel, Palestine, with REMPART's active support.
REMPART aims at involving the public in community-based projects to preserve heritage. Because they are locally established, Union REMPART member associations are all part of a cooperative action and can be considered as the outcome of the lite of the local community in which they are located. Over 50 years over 20.000 international volunteers from all over Europe and beyond (Mexico, Canada, Morocco, Algeria, China) have worked with REMPART's local members. Every year more than 3.500 volunteers from France and abroad take part in a voluntary community action for the common good, learning together how to be active citizens of the world.
Role and Profile of key people
Marion CLOAREC (F): is in charge of developing REMPART international audience and visibility, since 2020. Our goal is to welcome a growing number of international volunteers to France and to introduce French volunteers to historic sites around the world. From her background in European studies, history, and cultural heritage management, and from various professional experiences in in France and abroad, she has acquired a global understanding of today’s heritage issues. In REMPART, she focuses on implementing civil society organisations’ projects and works with volunteers and historical sites managers in different countries. She is also managing the European projects ERASMUS+ Heritage Volunteers and Leaders, which has already involved over 15 partners, from 13 European countries and almost 300 participants between 2018 and Today. This last project aims to improve the commitment of young people to heritage identification and restoration in France.
Previous Involvement in Research and innovation actions
International symposium on the use of plaster and gypsum in traditional buildings (February 2019) ;
Annual exchanges with 25 partners in Europe can be part of the development (Italy, Spain, Germany) ;
Technical trainings (50 trainings a year – 1 week to 2 weeks long) focused on the use of traditional material in restoration of built heritage (traditional masonry, stone carving, carpentry, dry stone walling, etc.) can host students from all over Europe
Current involvement in Research and Innovation actions
Our associations and staff can sometimes be associated to some archives research, archaeology research and field research on their sites.
ERASMUS plus Heritage Volunteers and Leaders (15 European partners active in the field of heritage and youth commitment) implementing exchanges in France aiming at restoring French heritage (2018-2020)