International collaborative projects

BALTACAR: Baltic History Beneath Surface: Underwater Heritage Trails In Situ and Online

The Estonian-Finnish-Swedish cooperation project BALTACAR is aiming to harness the tourism potential of the underwater cultural heritage of the Baltic Sea. BALTACAR is a three-year project, started in 2017. During the project, a tourist attraction including wrecks in Estonian, Finnish and Swedish waters will be established in the Baltic Sea.

Joint efforts will be made to market and promote underwater heritage tourism in order to raise awareness of the unique underwater heritage of the Baltic Sea and its excellent preservation conditions. In the framework of this project, new underwater parks will be opened in Hanko and Kemiönsaari, and the wreck park opened in Helsinki in 2000 will be further developed. In Estonia, the focus will be on wrecks in waters off the islands of Hiiumaa and Saaremaa. Also Dalarö Dive Park outside Stockholm will be further developed.

Information will be brought from the bottom to the surface and from archives to pop-up exhibitions in the form of 3D models and prints, NFC tags, guidebooks and brochures, and a virtual diving experience created with 360-degree videos. In addition to gathering and sharing information, an essential part of the project is developing infrastructure of the parks. 

Project duration: 1.1.2017–31.12.2019

Contact information:

Päivi Pihlanjärvi: 

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Muinsuskaitseamet, Estonia - Leading partner, 

Finnish Heritage Agency, Finland, Adrianto Oy, Estonia, Aalto Group, Finland, Municipality of Haninge, Sweden, West-Estonia turism, Estonia

Associated partner: Museibyrån, Åland

Financing: EU Central Baltic -program 

Total Budget: 1 633 242,71 € EAKR (Euroopan aluekehitysrahasto): 1 294 568,19 € Finnish Heritage Agency: 250 685,69 € EAKR: 188 014,26 €

CultureLabs workshop in Barcelona. Photo: Platoniq (CC-BY-SA 4.0)
CultureLabs workshop in Barcelona. Photo: Platoniq (CC-BY-SA 4.0)
The CultureLabs project promotes participation, digital solutions and social innovations in cultural heritage work

CultureLabs is a three-year project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, involving nine organisations from six European countries. The units responsible for the project at the Finnish Heritage Agency are the Picture Collections of the Finnish Heritage Agency and the Museum Sector Development Unit.

The project develops innovative methods, digital solutions and tools for participatory cultural heritage work. The open CultureLabs online platform being developed in the project will offer a diverse range of material and support for implementing projects based on participation and cooperation. The goal is to promote different types of cooperation and social innovation in cultural heritage work.

A connection to cultural heritage promotes a feeling of social cohesion and well-being. The CultureLabs project focuses on the cultural heritage of people with different cultural backgrounds and their perspectives on culture and history. The project aims to reach immigrant communities whose cultural heritage is not represented in the work of cultural heritage institutions in Europe and Finland, and to offer them experiences and opportunities to create something new using cultural heritage materials.

The project is being carried out in collaboration with the cultural heritage sector, other sectors and industry actors and immigrant communities. The project will carry out need and experience surveys with different interest and target groups, which will steer the planning of the recipes for the participatory methods to be developed and tested during the project. The project’s key operating methods include co-creation methods, which are utilised particularly in the pilots being carried out in Finland, Italy and the United Kingdom. The project’s deliverables will be compiled on the CultureLabs online platform.

The party responsible for the pilot organised in Finland is the Picture Collections of the Finnish Heritage Agency. The pilot will make extensive use of existing picture materials, in addition to which participants will produce new picture material to add to Finland’s national collections. The pilot will examine the meaning of and change in cultural heritage, with the aim of increasing the diverse cultural heritage awareness of Finns and communities with different cultural backgrounds living in Finland.

Project duration: 1.4.2018 - 31.3.2021

Contact information:
Ismo Malinen:
Pirjo Hamari:
Inkamaija Iitiä:

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The project participants:
Institute of Communication and Computer Systems of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece – The Lead Partner
The Finnish Heritage Agency, Finland
Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
People’s History Museum, United Kingdom
COOSS Marche ONLUS scpa, Italy
European Forum for Migration Studies, Germany
Platoniq, Spain
Fondazione Sistema Toscana, Italy
Singular Logic, Greece

EU’s Horizon 2020
The total budget: 2 492 380 €