Heritage education programme at Thang Long Imperial Citadel

Within the framework of UNESCO’s support programme for World Heritage site museums, an educational programme entitled “I Am an Archaeologist” is held every Sunday at Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi, starting in October.

(VNF) - Within the framework of UNESCO’s support programme for World Heritage site museums, an educational programme entitled “I Am an Archaeologist” is held every Sunday at Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi, starting in October.

Taking place on the weekends, weather permitting, the programme offers school children the opportunity to participate in a real archaeological excavation at the Thang Long Imperial Citadel. Under the guidance of an experienced archaeologist, participants will learn how to open an excavation site, clear the surfaces, document, photograph and write their own report on the excavation.

Heritage education programme at Thang Long Imperial Citadel

Children visit an ancient well built during the Tran Dynasty. (Source: nhandan.com.vn)

Younger students can also participate in hands-on activities inside the Learning Corner at the site, such as making decorative patterns using replica artifacts, putting together puzzles, drawing, excavating and reassembling objects from a “dig box”.

Through the programme, the Thang Long site managers expect to enhance awareness of young people on the values of Thang Long Imperial Citadel and the importance of its safeguarding.

By providing basic knowledge and skills on archaeology, excavation processes and treatment of artifacts, the programme aims to build among students a sense of cultural and professional experience, arousing curiosity, active learning skills and good personal qualities.

The programme is an initial step in the development of creative and educational activities targetting young audiences visiting the World Heritage Site of Thang Long Imperial Citadel.

Heritage education programme at Thang Long Imperial Citadel

School children participated in activities at Thang Long imperial citadel. (Source: nhandan.com.vn)

Heritage education programme at Thang Long Imperial Citadel

It aims to raise the young generation’s awareness of the value of the citadel’s heritage and the importance of preserving and promoting it, as well as to equip them with a basic knowledge of archaeology. (Source: nhandan.com.vn)

Heritage education programme at Thang Long Imperial Citadel

Participating in the programme, children will experience several excavation skills, and get acquainted with excavation tools such as hoe, shovel, metre and diary. (Source: nhandan.com.vn)

Heritage education programme at Thang Long Imperial Citadel

Children learn how to “read” information on archaeological objects and fill in information sheets about relics. (Source: nhandan.com.vn)

Heritage education programme at Thang Long Imperial Citadel

Participants also have the opportunity to experience interactive activities at Discovery Corner, where they can play jigsaw puzzles with objects like a ceramic bowl imprinted with patterns. (Source: nhandan.com.vn)

The programme, first launched in 2013, is organized by the Thang Long–Hanoi Heritage Conservation Centre under the support of the UNESCO Office in Hanoi./.

( Compiled by VNF )

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