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PEATS Slovakia – Traditional Crafts & Creativity in a Village Museum

Dates: 1st July – 1st August 2018  (Open for applications)
Number of UK Participants: 7 
Duration: 32 days

This placements is based in the village of Lisov, in Central South Slovakia,  stretching out on the southernmost foothills of the Štiavnické hills.

The itinerary for 2017 includes:

Week One: Wattle & daub on Celtic roundhouse using a traditional mix of clay, sand, manure & chaff. Upscaling traditional textile patterns onto walls for cultural decoration. Patterns will be selected from the museums collection.

Week Two: Cave house discovery, There are more than 60 traditional cave houses in Lišov. The long term plan is to convert the nearest one into a museum. The first stage of this process is the recording and cleaning of the cave house. There may also be the chance for some restoration work.

Week Three: Traditional fencing week, using hazel & robinea, weaving a fence around the front of the museum to complete the traditional look. Hazel is collected from the sides of the nearby rivers and streams. There will be a chance to experience with different patterns and use stripped white weaving withies.

Week Four: This week will be for loom weaving and traditional textiles. The participants will be given the chance to make a bag, carpet, or any decorative object they decide. This week will be based in the museum, which as a weaving room with 2 restored  looms and peg looms. there will also be the chance to learn felting skills. The museums has a large collection of masks from all over the world, which the students, if interested, can learn some mask making skills, using the collection as inspiration.

If participants are not interested in all the 4 themes, they can spend longer on their favourite.

Accommodation is in a large village house on a self catering basis. The village is small but beautiful with a pub, shop and hunting association. If any participants are interested, they are invited to go with Jakub to view deer and wild boar.

Cultural excursions include a visit to the World Heritage town of Banská Štiavnica, famous for its old Saxon and Austro-Hungarian architecture, a weekend trip further north in Slovakia to the Tatras mountains and the possibility to visit the cities of Bratislava and Budapest.

Participants will fly to Budapest, where they will be collected and transferred to Lisov.

There is a website for Lisov which has photos of the area, though you will need to translate the page.


The EU Erasmus + funding covers return UK flights, insurance, food and accommodation. Participants will need extra money for personal purchases.

If you are interested in this placement, then please read through the information on the PEATS traditional skills main page. You will find the application form is available to download on this page, as is the “Quality Commitment” which all applicants have to read.

For past participant feedback, please refer to the Participants Report page.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission

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