Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary

by Friends of Szadvar (Szadvarert Barati Kor)
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Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
The 30th 'Save the Castle days' team
The 30th 'Save the Castle days' team

After the long winter nights, when the Friends of Szadvar can rest and prepare for the next year, we could finally meet each other and the volunteers who joined the 30th ’Save the Castle Days’ event in Szadvar just a few days ago. The pandemic situation at last getting much better, allowing us to come, be and work together at last.

It was great to see that more and more young people can find the volunteering work meaningful and take it really seriously. They represent the next generation of the Castle Saviors – at least we like to think of them like that. This time we managed to involve 14 students from the ELTE (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest) who complemented the core ’Szadvar team’ and contributed with their hard work to clean the site, especially on the south side of the castle hill. Of course, since they study cultural heritage and history, it was not only a physical exercise for them but an opportunity to see the historical aspects and the insight, how a voluntary project like this works in practice.

Overall, there were close to 40 people working 2 days among and around the stone walls in a pleasant and nice sunshine.

We have also started working on the preparation of the archeological event in the summer. We expect two Hungarian high schools to send their students for the summer event, also representing the next generation. Our archeologist already shared his plan for the location of the trenches all over the inner bailey. Those planned spots now were cleaned and prepared, not only the vegetation was purged from those areas but also the loose stones were moved and piled by the volunteers.

We have also managed to build and install a metal box to collect donations from the tourists who visit the castle hill and the tourist house under it. There is an information sign next to the road which leads up from the ‘Szalamandra tourist house’ to the fortress. It was erected by us a long time ago – you may remember when a few years back we had to renew it. Now we installed the donation box just on that sign, so if anybody is interested about the castle and stop there, they can also contribute with a small donation for saving Szadvar.

Likewise, thanks a lot for all your generous donations during the last 15 years. Your contribution is essential and unbelievably great. It helps not only the volunteers but all the activities we do for saving this piece of our cultural heritage. We are very grateful for all you've done.

Clearing the south side of the castle
Clearing the south side of the castle
Moving the stones in a chain
Moving the stones in a chain
'Chef of Szadvar' offers the lunch
'Chef of Szadvar' offers the lunch
Info & Donation box at the 'Szalamandra' house
Info & Donation box at the 'Szalamandra' house

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This October, Friends of Szadvar has arrived to an important milestone: the association has reached its 15th birthday. After beeing formed in 2006, members and volunteers meet three times every year, which means this last event taking place between 23 and 24 October was the 29th of such occasions. 

After the successful summer excavation camp, time arrived to start organizing the 15th birthday celebration of the association. Leaders have considered important to celebrate the fifteen years of volunteering with a special commemoration and a small and elegant gift for the actual and past members. The preparation process was kept in secret, so the whole event and also the gifts were total surprise for everyone. It was really a touching moment when our President of the association read all the names who joined the organization during the years and gave them an engraved metal medallion and a card as a thank you gift for all the contribution. I think this gest may strengthen the connection among the group which is very important in the management of such an association.

During the last 'Save the Castle' days, a group of 30 students joined us in cleaning a huge area of Szadvar. The students led by their enthusiastic teacher traveled across the country to help us and they did an amazing work. The two sides of the castle became clean again, after they got rid of the unnecessary vegetation which had covered all the stone walls. Finally, they felt very proud and said it was worth to travel hundreds of kilometres by bus. We owe a huge thank you to them!

A couple of weeks ago, we could get excited together as the renovation of the castle got included in the finalists of the Media Architecture Award. The Media Architecture Award, founded by the Architects' Forum (Építészfórum in Hungarian), presents the most outstanding and exciting works of contemporary Hungarian architecture for seventeen years. A jury of international experts has selected the best of more than 160 works this year. The professional jury invited by the Architects' Forum selected the story of the renewal of our beloved castle as one of the finalists in the “Built Environment” category. The winner was chosen by the public by voting online. Finally, on the evening of the award ceremony, the architect-designer of the renovation of Szadvar has won the award, as it was the most popular project among the voters. Our happiness is endless, as more and more people know the castle and our activities, so this shows the increasing popularity of Szadvar castle and its environment.

On the 13th of November, some of our members joined a conference in Szentendre which was dealing with methods and result in Public Archaeology. One of our Leaders gave a presentation about the challenges and results appearing during our work. It was very interesting to see how others fight with such obstacles here in Hungary and in Europe as well. The conference was broadcast live via online, so all who was interested could join.

In the background, we are working on some future projects in small groups, in the hope of presenting them next year. Until then, we would like to thank you for your donation and attention. We'll meet next time!

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National Meeting of Archaeological Communities
National Meeting of Archaeological Communities

In our previous report written in April, you could read in how many different ways our volunteers had been acting during the Covid restrictions in Hungary. Although we could not meet in person, we were not lazy to look for new opportunities, especially on different media platforms. Fortunately, the pandemic situation has improved since April, which led to the realization of our annual 'Save the Castle' week.

Back in May, precisely on the 23th, the opening ceremony of the restored Szadvar castle was held in Szogliget, where many of our members had the privilege to join. As You may know, with the help of the National Castle Programme, several stone wall sections were renewed, plus a save visitors' path has been established on the territory of the castle. The results speak for themselves. Based on the social media posts of visitors and the observations of the local people, Szadvar castle has become more popular day-to-day. After the speeches of the invited government officials and the president of our association, a pleasant reception was held where new friendships were formed.

Thanks to the visitors, more and more people get to know Szadvar castle. In the last few months, we had the great opportunity to speak about our activities on different media platforms: through interviews, tv and radio reports. We would be delightful if more and more people could join us to save our cultural heritage.

In our previous letter we reported that the renovation of the castle received a prestigious award from the Hungarian National Committee of ICOMOS. In the meantime, there was also an award ceremony which was attended by the architect designer of the castle. It is an honour to have been a part of this project!

Following the mitigations in Hungary, the second National Meeting of Archaeological Communities could be held in Szigetújfalu, organized by villages on Csepel Island. After last year's pleasant memories, we were glad to participate again in this initiative. On one day of the multi-day event, archaeological lectures and demonstrations attracted those who were interested. Perhaps due to the Covid situation, there were fewer visitors than last year, but we spend a very enjoyable day on the banks of river Danube. 

Certainly, the most awaited event in our association's life was the annual 'Save the Castle' week, which took place in Szogliget, in early August. The week before the event was a bit stressful, because we continuously asked each other: Will the epidemic and weather factors prevent us from our conservation activities? Fortunately, the weather was stormy only a few times, so the cca. 30 volunteers could enjoy the beauties of archaeology. The first hours and days were spent carrying away the huge stones so that we could finally get down to the last walking level, which contained the lost objects of the people of the castle who had lived centuries ago.

Next time we will hopefully meet in October, meanwhile we are constantly working in the background on different projects and plans. Thank You for reading this report!

Collecting tools and taking them to the castle
Collecting tools and taking them to the castle
Part of the team of this year's Excavation Week
Part of the team of this year's Excavation Week

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New wooden signpost in the forest
New wooden signpost in the forest

At the time of our latest report, we all hoped to meet again in March, on the occasion of the traditional 'Save the Castle' days. Unfortunately, the pandemic situation did not allow us to meet in person, but some of our members found their own way to do something for the Szadvar castle though. Despite of the fact that the annual events cannot be held at this time, we are currently working on several projects in the background.

In January, we celebrated the 454. anniversary of the only known siege of the castle. To commemorate, our members and other volunteers decided to lay a wreath at the statue of Zsófia Patócsy in Szögliget, who defended the castle heroically. Our association considers it important to nurture traditions and keep in mind the memory of the ancestors.

Some months ago, the idea of an own flag has been arisen, and the implementation is finally nearing its end. Among almost a dozen sketches, members have chosen some which will be mixed to get a final version. We are really looking forward to seeing it as done. We hope to have it by August, if the annual excavation week could be held normally.

On our National Day, on the 15th of March, four of us planned a little trip to Szadvar castle, because we wanted to see the final results of the National Castle Programme. Living in Budapest and Jaszbereny, which are hundreds of kilometres far from Szogliget, we decided to leave home at 7 A.M. It was worth waking up early and driving for three hours, because of the sight which was simply impressive. We also took tools with us, and tried to beautify the environment of the castle. Szadvar's latest attraction, the almost 300-steps-long wooden stairs which connects the upper and lower part of the castle, was full of leaves and other plant parts. We decided to clean it with the help of a broomstick and a used old toothbrush. Tourists might have thought that we were completely idiots, but this tool proved useful. In addition, we tried to clean the walls and the main parts from the weed, but fortunately, there were only a few of them. As we were walking towards the castle, seeing dozens of cars and their passengers, as well as walking tourists, we felt fairly proud. It was quite shocking to see how many visitors came here, to nearly the end of the world, to admire the new walls and viewpoints of the castle. We could not believe our eyes really. To help people with orientation in the forest, one of our members carved some pretty wooden signposts which he placed into important crossroads.

Some weeks ago, we have finally received news of the finished and cut version of a podcast made by an alumna of Central European University (Budapest) Cultural Heritage Studies Programme. The episode was recorded in last August when Karen joined our volunteers during the regular excavation week. This episode is a special, one-hour-long documentary style episode of Past Perfect!, CEU Medieval Radio’s show on medieval and early modern history and culture. The podcast can be listened at the link #1 below.

According to the latest news, the opening ceremony of the reconstructed castle will be held on the 23th of May. It is a pleasure to hear that they are counting on our presence as well.

The association has recently appeared on more and more media platforms such as radio podcasts and TV programmes. As one of the important goals of our association is to promote the castle and its environment, these possibilities of performances are really appreciated by our members. Together with professional architect designers and archaeologists, civil volunteers work on researching and conserving the castle, making it more accessible to the general public. That is why it is an honor to be involved in a team which has received the award of the Hungarian National Committee of ICOMOS in 2021. One of the awards was given for the conservation and presentation of the ruins of Szadvar castle in Szogliget.

We would like to thank you for reading this report and we hope that we will welcome you among our visitors soon. Until then, one of our volunteers, Aron has made a new and fresh video for promoting our activities in Szadvar. Please watch it and tell us your thoughts about it! Links for the podcast and the video can be found below.

Cleaning the stairs
Cleaning the stairs

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Towards the end of the year, many of us would like to look back to the achieved results, experiences, the good and bad moments as well. The year 2020 has been a very tough one so far as our world has been changed in many ways. Among personal matters, our association has also faced a variety of new challenges, as we have been trying to continue our work during quarantine times.

The most important news since our last report was made in early September, is that the resconstruction works of the Hungarian National Castle Programme have been finished, which means every tourist who will visit Szadvar Castle from now on, will see a brand new face of the former ruins. Beside the reinforced and rebuilt stone walls and bastions, several wooden benches and information boards can grab the attention of the interested (or tired) tourists. Some of our volunteers have already seen the final results during lonely visits, but most of us will hopefully meet the new castle in March 2021. If you can, please come and visit Szadvar, there is so much to see there!

Many of our members and volunteers were delighted with the news that the 'Save the Castle'-days could be organized at the end of October. Despite the fact that the meeting and the physical work took place in compliance with health regulations, 22 volunteers chose to join the autumn cleaning works, of which 3 people decided to join the association as regular members. The weather gods were rather gracious to us: except for the morning fog, the sky was mainly clear during the two-day event. First, we cleaned the area of the outer castle gate from the rising weed, then we formed pretty piles of fallen stones. It was a great outdoor programme for everybody!

In November, we prepared a documentation for a competition for civil organizations, where the winners will receive a grant for their operation costs such as administration, communication, HR development costs and device acquisition. The final decision and the winners will be announced early next year.

We hold our usual members' conference every month online, where we can discuss the actual tasks and problems. We are really looking forward to meeting in person again, if it is possible. In the meantime, we are currently working in the background.

On behalf of my pal members and volunteer colleagues, I would like to thank You for every single contribution made for Szadvar Castle and for the region's better future. We wish all of You a Happy New Year!

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