The Lab in Pomáz-Nagykovácsi puszta, Hungary, has maintained close connections with higher educational institutions, such as the Central European University and the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. The Lab is regularly visited by students of archaeology and cultural heritage. On 8–9 November 2019 a two-day workshop was held on volunteering, partly at CEU and partly in Pomáz. The first block presented and discussed recent research that compared volunteering for cultural heritage in Hungary and the UK and how the results can be used in practice. The second block included site visits to national and village museums and other heritage sites in the area of Szentendre and Pomáz, with review of the practical and management implications of volunteering from the perspectives of the volunteer, their supervisors, the organisation, and the heritage visitors. Among the speakers were Susan Edwards, chief archivist in the Glamorgan Archives, Cardiff, UK, and several experts from Hungary: András Török, head of the historical photo collecting community project Fortepan, Tímea Szőke, programme manager of the civic initiative Budapest100, András Tóth, executive director of Volunteer Center Foundation, and Ágnes Róna, volunteer coordinator at the Szentendre open-air ethnography museum (“skanzen”), as well as representatives of the Association of Cultural Heritage Managers and the Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism. On the second day, workshop participants and interested students visited the Pomáz-Nagykovácsi-puszta site as well, where they were given a guided tour and bits of the delicacies produced here by the goat farm as a form of heritage reuse.
Photos of the site visit are available here.