Summer 2022 Heritage mediation training in Vézelay

The beauty of Romanesque art comes as a shock.
It triggers an echo which will be all the more ample
that man will be prepared to receive it and respond to it.
Marie-Madeleine Davy

Training aims

.. Acquiring an original approach to heritage mediation. See document “Being a guide at the Visitor's House”.
. Acquire the ability to accompany audiences of all ages and all origins in the discovery of the basilica of Vézelay: The Basilica unveiled.
. Discover and/or deepen the history and heritage of the Romanesque world from the basilica of Vézelay.

progress training

The guides in training (2 to 4) are accompanied by one or two guide tutors from the Visitor's House.
. Weeks 1 and 2 (June 20 – July 2): They receive preparatory training.
. Weeks 3 and 4: they guide the visit to the Basilica unveiled with the support of their tutor.
. From the 5th week: they independently guide the unveiled Basilica.
The guide in training is accompanied by an experienced guide from the Visitor's House.

Contents training

Preparatory training
. Learning about the visit Basilica unveiled: in-depth reading of the content of the visit with the tutors, to ensure a true understanding of the text and the context. We recommend memorizing the text before training.
. Oral and gestural expression workshops: presence in the public, elocution, gestures.
. Introduction to the laws of the construction of Romanesque architecture. Aesthetic, symbolic and spiritual reading of eardrums and capitals.
. Origins and history of the basilica of Vézelay

Practical experience

. Guiding individual and group visitors: the Basilica unveiled.
. Present the approach of the Visitor's House in different circumstances.
. Present the film on the large tympanum of the abbey church: “La Danse du Nouvel Adam”.
. Work in co-responsibility with the team of the Visitor's House: improve the content of the visits, participate in the communication and dissemination of the visits, participate in the maintenance and the harmony of the reception areas.

Continuing Education

. The tutor follows the visits of the trainee guide as much as necessary to improve his practice.
. Several hours are set aside each week for personal research: access to the guides' library, personal familiarization with the basilica.
. Lunches are shared with guides and tutors.

Personalized assessment with tutors

. Progress report each week with the tutors: evaluation of acquisitions, team life, relationship with the public.
. Personalized assessments with the tutor after the visits.
. Personalized oral assessment at the end of the training with the tutors.
. Written personal report after the training sent to the tutors.

To respond to the proposal 

. Take an interest in medieval society.
. Have the desire to meet and support very diverse audiences.
. Preferably to have followed or follow a course related to heritage: history, art history, architecture, archaeology...
. Let us know if you are proficient in a second language to welcome and guide.
. Send a cover letter
. Coming to Vézelay to meet the team of the Visitor's House: allow about 48 hours for
discover the context.

Reception conditions

. Half board paid for by the association, accommodation if necessary.
. Gratification possible within the framework of an agreement with the university or the training institute (from week 3).

Dates: : from June 20 to the end of August 2022.

A longer duration can be considered. The training can then be oriented towards a problem specific to the student in training or towards research carried out with the guides of the Visitor's House.

Contact us

Hélène Ramin: heleneramin@wanadoo.fr

Elizabeth Toulet: elisabethtoulet@wanadoo.fr