5th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE YOuth in COnservation of CUltural Heritage
The Royal Sites as a tool for the education of new generations: the case of El Pardo
Madrid, 21st-23rd September 2016
Los profesores de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos Félix Labrador Arroyo, José Eloy Hortal Muñoz, María Luisa Walliser y Gijs Versteegen, presentarán el proyecto de investigación «La Herencia de los Reales Sitios» y los primeros resultados obtenidos en los campos de la educación y la conservación de patrimonio, en el próximo Congreso Internacional YOuth in COnservation of Cultural Heritage (YOCOCU) que se celebrará en Madrid en septiembre de 2016.
Abstract de la presentación
At the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, we are developing the project “The heritage of the Royal Sites”, a project which aims to preserve and publicise a historical, biological and cultural European heritage of the first order. In a broad sense, it aims to conserve and recover complex spaces of an enormous value, known as the Royal Sites, consisting of woods, gardens, agricultural spaces, factories, urban centres and palaces. At the same time, these places contain art collections, libraries, laboratories, scientific cabinets and old centres of manufacture. Today they constitute a valuable treasure that must be preserved, publicised and put into value through educational, cultural and touristic returns, above all because they are normally rather isolated from their surrounding environment. A historical perspective is needed to be able to understand the value of these enclaves in the construction of the identity and common memory for Europe. Even, some companies and not-profit entities that work at the project, will provide communication with society, should create affordable and efficient digital access and services for cultural and educational resources.
Putting into value and recovering these Royal Sites not only allow the recovery of a common past, the economic development of these places and their environment, but they are also a very suitable space for the advancement in the principles of an education in sustainable development, which will contribute to the development of the persons capacities and security in themselves, increasing their possibility for living a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature, respectful towards social values, equality between the sexes and cultural diversity.
An example of these Royal Sites is the green heart of Madrid, the forest of El Pardo, which is a former hunting ground of a Royal Site that precisely because of this condition escaped from the destruction of the natural environment produced as a consequence of the growth of the city. It is a testimony of a historical landscape, a place in which the original flora and fauna are preserved. We also can find there the urban centre El Pardo, integrated in this natural space and a royal residence, the Palace of El Pardo, where an important architectonic and artistic complex is conserved. That is why we have chosen this Royal Site to start our work. We have developed already several initiatives based in dissemination at the Night of the researchers, Semana de la Ciencia, Semana de la Arquitectura and Pint for Science related with this Royal Site and based, specially, on the augmented reality. Our aim is to speak about all this at YOCOCU 2016, and about the initiatives we would like to develop to disseminate all this heritage to young people.