Yper Museum wins the first BADGES Award

On the fifth of September, the first BADGES conference took place at Alden Biesen in Belgium. 60 participants who share a love for cultural heritage enjoyed a day filled with lectures, workshops and networking. Climax of the day? The announcement of the BADGES Award winner. Yper Museum delivered the best project about learning in and through heritage and took the award home!

To kick off the conference, the 60 participants got an introduction to BADGES followed by a keynote given by Stephane Berghmans from Technopolis, an interactive science museum in Mechelen. Next up: the Italian project Monumenti Aperti, a project that unites kids and culture. Before lunch, Tim Scholze and Sara Wiemann explained what BADGES can offer you: a framework to shape attractive competence-oriented learning in heritage institutions.

After the walking lunch and inspiration fair, visitors could attend one of three workshops about how to use the BADGES methodology – which consists of a standardized European validation and award system – in natural heritage contexts, heritage sites or museums and exhibitions.

The award ceremony was the end of an inspiring day. The selected projects were presented with movies and interviews. Out of the three nominees – Hidrodoe, Yper Museum and Kassel – Yper Museum was very proud to receive the very first BADGES award for their project Stoeten doen ontmoeten. With this project, the museum wants to introduce children to their local traditions, heritage and more. It offers a framework that stimulates reflection on traditions and how to maintain them for future generations.

Stoeten doen ontmoeten consists of various activities to celebrate the traditions of the Westhoek. The project launched with a virtual procession Y’parade in 2017. Since 2018, Yper Museum tries to keep the tradition of Sint-Maarten and the use of bietenlantaarns – lanterns made of beets – alive. This year, the children of Voormezele will take on the role of journalists and make a documentary about the Heilig Bloedprocessie.

Yper Museum united children and their local culture in a fun, creative and captivating way. That’s why they deserve the first BADGES Award. Congratulations!