The Architects of Peace

Belgium - Wallonia
Delphine Jenart
Community engagement, Diversity, Education, Cross-frontier collaboration, Peace education, Youth oriented
Intangible, Tangible
2018
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Peace is not a natural state. Peace is about a long and laborious construction process. All around Europe, heritage sites tell the story of men and women who, like architects do, have worked towards designing peace and hence, contributing to what makes Europe today. We’re telling the story of two “laboratories for peace” both European heritage label sites: The Peace Palace (The Hague, NL) and the Mundaneum (Mons, BE).
 

All around Europe, men and women have worked towards designing peace and contributing to what makes Europe today. These architects laid the foundations for our organisations, the Mundaneum and the Peace Palace, “laboratories for peace”: the first, the Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands), striving for peace through International law. The second, the Mundaneum in Mons (Belgium), through culture and knowledge. Both are European Heritage Label sites: visitors can find in both sites atoms of what makes the European DNA (culture, values, identity). In the Belle Époque, the period at the end of the 19th century and before the 1st World War, the Mundaneum and the Peace Palace were established. At the same time, many passionate individuals such as the founder of the Mundaneum and Nobel Prize for Peace Henri La Fontaine and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the founder of the Peace Palace, strived towards peace in different ways, convincing others to build solid institutions that would be firmly rooted in society. These key figures of the pacifist movement had a strong network, corresponding and attending conferences and congresses in Europe and the United States where they would work out their plans for a better world... They ardently tried to persuade governments and established institutions to work together towards a common goal: Peace. How do we today celebrate the Peace construction history? How do we tell that story to the young European citizens who never experienced war...?

European Dimension

The Architects of Peace” will highlight some key european events and movements in the construction of peace as the foundations of Europe. Values such as the human rights, the right (translated in law) for every citizen to live in peace, the right for every citizen to have access to culture and knowledge, are the main ingredients of our story. This is all about the shared history of pacifism in the Belle Epoque, when the Peace movement was at its height in Europe. European well known historical personalities played an important role at that time to convince others to join the movement. Peace organizations were found all across the European continent, Britain and the US. This is a story that laid the basis for Europe through cooperation, knowledge and justice, to achieve the understanding between peoples. Before the Peace Palace opened in 1913, The Hague was host to the First World Peace Conference in 1899 – the culmination of the nineteenth century peace movement nurtured by many European intellectuals. While the Mundaneum is a landmark in the intellectual and social fabric of Europe. Its founders, Henri La Fontaine and Paul Otlet, were advocates of peace through dialogue and sharing knowledge at European and international level with the means of bibliographic enquiry. Two European Heritage Label sites who join their resources together to promote Peace heritage at a European level!
 

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Mundaneum ASBL

Delphine Jenart, directrice adjointe

Description of the project

A cycle of activities converges to the same purpose: highlighting “the Architects of Peace”. There will be an exhibition “The Architects of Peace” at the Mundaneum in Mons (BE) showcasing original documents of the Peace Palace and the Mundaneum (November 8 > February 23), an online digital exhibitions program (starting on December 10), a crowdsourcing and spreading Peace heritage program, and a social media #thearchitectsofpeace campaign. At last, the Mundaneum will be highlighted inside the visitors center of the Peace Palace in The Hague. Audience development is key regarding the objectives of our project. People do not remember, commemorate or receive stories the same way they did before the world wide web emerged as a « digital archive of the world », and brought the world information to one click away. Our partners so far are the Foundation Andrew Carnegie, the Foundation Henri La Fontaine, the Bar of Mons and the Foundation Mons 2025 (European capital of culture in 2015).
 

Legacy of the project

In the future “The Architects of peace” may become a call launched to the Peace heritage museums/sites in order to encourage other European institutions to share their stories of influential pacifists of another era and other nationalities on the basis of the materials they might have in their collections. A Peace heritage crowdsourcing! “The Architects of Peace” is a first step towards a more ambitious program of sharing the European history of peace to a broad audience.
 

Budget breakdown

Estimated budget of the project: 21000 euros (including project management, copywriting, ...). Grant requested: 10000 euros including the production of a (touring) Mundaneum booth dedicated to the physical exhibition ""The architects for peace"" (3000 euros), the production of a video telling the story of both Peace heritage sites Peace Palace and Mundaneum (5000 euros), the production of a brochure and the launch of a social media campaign (2000 euros)

 

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