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Revealing Hidden Histories A Grundtvig In-Service Training based on the European project Hidden Histories - Intercultural Dialogue and Learning

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inspire - Verein für Bildung und Management, Kernstockgasse 22-24/III, A-8020 Graz

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Revealing Hidden Histories is the result of an European adult education project titled HIDD – Hidden Histories – Intercultural Dialogue and Learning. Project partners from four countries – Great Britain, Ireland, Finland, and Austria – were successful in engaging people from Deaf, rural, and migrant communities in dialogue with each other and with people from outside their communities. The project partners relied on proven methods to address and bring these people together in cooperation. The strategy of HIDD built on aspects of community learning, life history, alternative and innovative approaches in informal learning. The aim of the project was to increase the personal skills of the people involved in creating and designing exhibitions, and of those who would finally have the chance to experience the results.

We invite you to share and learn from our experience! Participants to the training will learn about the methods applied in HIDD. They will test and be able to apply these referring to their own professional context. After completing the training you will not only have knowledge about but will be able to conceive and conduct narrative interviews and capture the results on video. Above that you will engage in processing and disseminating the results using social media. The training also offers the opportunity to meet colleagues from other European countries, exchange ideas and maybe to find partners for your own future project. Get a full picture from the project results presented on our website: and a more detailed description of the training in the European Course Database (Reference Number.: AT-2013-363-002):

If you are… A practitioner in the field of adult education (teacher or trainer, counsellor, project manager) for adults with or without special needs, and/or in processing and passing on knowledge (museum pedagogues, librarians, archivists).

…your participation and expertise is appreciated! The training will build on your expertise to provide you with the most of benefit in regard to your professional setting. Expect inputs from the expert team of trainers, who were all practically engaged in HIDD, and a workshop atmosphere. A hands-on approach will guarantee an entertaining and effective training. Visits and excursions to organisations active in the field will complement your learning experience.


An expert team of trainers Dr Linda Morrice is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the Univ. of Sussex and has worked extensively with the migrant and refugee community in the UK. She has coordinated ESF projects with this target group, and has undertaken research in this area. Linda will cover aspects of working with migrant communities and asylum seekers.

Ms. River Jones has extensive experience of managing EU projects over the last 13 years and of community outreach and development work in a variety of contexts. Her teaching experience at the Univ. of Sussex has encompassed life writing, women’s studies and community history. River will cover aspects of working with communities in rural areas.

Ms. Anna-Kaarina MĂśrsky has participated in European projects where she has contributed actively to educational methodology developments, developing and administrating e-learning and collaboration platforms, using ICT for learning purposes. Anna-Kaarina will cover aspects of working with communities in rural areas.

Mag.a Mioara Girlasu studied English and French Language and Literature. Qualified Systemic Coach and Trainer. Lecturer in Social Management at Univ. of Applied Sciences Graz and project manager for inspire in the field of intercultural and international social work, diversity, and migration. In the training Mioara will cover aspects of diversity and intercultural exchange.

Dr. John Walker is Convener of the Centre for Deaf Studies at Univ. of Sussex. His academic interests include personal and professional development, training design, interpreting, multilingual sign language, equality and diversity, oral history and reminiscence, and engagement with the Deaf community. John will cover aspects of working with Deaf communities.

Mag. Max Mayrhofer studied German and English Language and Literature. Qualified Systemic Coach. Developed and coordinated projects with the thematic focus on diversity and intercultural communication, asylum and migration, ethnic economies, basic skills, and quality assurance in adult education. Max will co-ordinate and facilitate the training and cover aspects of working with migrant communities.

*not all the trainers will be present in one session


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All you need to know Language: The language of the training will be English. Language competence on a reasonable level will help you to profit (CEFR/B2):

Sessions: There will be two sessions offered to allow for flexibility: 17th to 21st of June 2013 (deadline for registration: 6th May 2013) 16th to 20th September 2013 (deadline for registration: 5th August 2013)

Fees: Course fee (incl. tuition, materials, excursions): € 750,Fee for accommodation and all meals: € 520,-

Funding opportunities:

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Individual Grundtvig In-Service Training funding will cover the cost of the course fee and will also contribute to travel costs, subsistence, cultural and linguistic preparation, and special assistance based on your individual needs. Deadlines for application will be 16th Jan. 2013 and 30th April 2013. For further information on how to apply please contact your National Agency:

Registration: The training is organised by inspire – Verein für Bildung und Management ( If you plan to attend the training, we kindly ask you to pre-register. Our confirmation of your pre-registration will be needed to apply for an in-service training fund. For pre-registration and any inquiries concerning the training please contact Max Mayrhofer (

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Retzhof Castle - The perfect location for our training Retzhof Castle (, once the seat of a noble family, lies at the heart of the Southern Styrian wine region. The medieval estate was converted to a country house during the transition from the Middle Ages to the modern period. The Retzhof has been a further educational institute of the state of Styria since 1948. Retzhof offers guests a healthy and tasty regional cuisine – also tailored to individual wishes or requests. Great value is placed on the use of fairly traded products. The newly built guest house as well as all facilities within the castle (seminar rooms) and outdoor are barrier-free.

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Graz and the Styrian Wine region “Coming to Graz is the beginning of a new friendship. There is an immediate sense of familiarity and the alleys and squares, impressive buildings, museums and galleries make you want to find out more about this city at the crossroads of cultures.” Foto: © GrazTourismus/Harry Schiffer

Rounding out our training excursions participants will not only be able find out if there is substance to the quote taken from the Graz

tourism site ( but also to the white wines produced in the Styrian wine region ( Foto: © GrazTourismus/Harry Schiffer

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This training was developed with the support of the This training was developed with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union


Revealing Hidden Histories  

A Grundtvig In-Service Training based on the European project Hidden Histories - Intercultural Dialogue and Learning. We invite practitioner...