Activities & Results
The project resulted in the needs analyses, policy proposals, educational instruments and network that are required to change how BSR history is taught in the project countries.
More specifically, the goal was to offer amendments to history education curricula as well as to improve the teaching of regional history in the project countries.
If implemented, these changes can have a long-lasting impact on the perceptions that people around the Baltic Sea have about the region and their neighbours.
Please take a closer look at the “Bridging the Baltic” research reports, history education strategy and history education portal in this section.
Click here to download the research reports in English, Estonian, Latvian, Finnish, and Swedish from at
The project’s research activities were aimed at researching three topics:
- History consciousness and identity among high school student.
- Mentions of BSR in history curricula of project countries.
- History teachers’ preferences on methods and materials for teaching BSR history.
Designated work groups were responsible for each research direction. Each work group had a representative from each of the four project countries and the process was coordinated by the project’s Head of Research.
The research findings formed the cornerstone of the Bridging the Baltic History Education Strategy 2014-2020.
“Bridging the Baltic History Education Strategy 2014-2020
The Bridging the Bridging the Baltic History Education Strategy 2014-2020 is among the most significant project outputs as it outlines a range of follow-up activities.
In order to put reach a meaningful strategy, the project relied on the proprietary research results as well as involving 20+ history education experts, social scientist and policy makers in the development process. The experts were consulted at a strategy development seminar and by way of semi-structured interviews.
“Bridging the Baltic” history education portal
The www.BridgingTheBaltic.org history education portal provides access to educational resources that can be used towards BSR integration. The website makes available a number of project outputs and is designed to function as a platform for future cooperation. To this end, there is an overview of partner organisations in project countries and a newsletter service for professionals interested in furthering regional history education.
Developing attractive educational resources was one of the projects key aims. The partners applied a diverse set of contemporary educational principles to ensure that the materials stand out for teachers as well as students from among the plethora of methods that are offered to teachers.
The guidelines included:
- utilizing principles of active learning methods;
- relying on narratives/stories as opposed to just facts and descriptions of historical events;
- creating digital and easily scalable online materials;
- creating aesthetical and easily usable materials.
Please use the menu links to the left to access the methods.
“Power & Migration”
The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia headed the development of “Power & Migration” educational materials for classroom use.The materials include case studies with extensive source materials on 20th century migration in the Baltic Sea Region. The specific topics are:
- Case Study – To Go or Not to Go – Baltic German Resettlement 1939-1940
- Case Study – Looking for a Refuge – Balts in Sweden
- Case Study – Against one’s will – Soviet deportations
“Power & Migration” – educational films
Three 30-minutes educational films were created on 20th century migration in the Baltic Sea Region, which can be used independently or in conjunction with the “Power & Migration” case studies for classroom use.
Travelling exhibition on shared and separate cultural legacy
The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia developed a travelling exhibition “Near = Far?”, which addresses the cultural & environmental similarities – and differences – between Estonia, Latvia, Finland, and Sweden. The exhibition is available in physical form the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia.
Bridging the Baltic Video stories website + e-campaign
In 2013, the Unitas Foundation executed the “Stories of the Baltic” e-campaign, which aimed at raising awareness of BSR citizens who have personally witnessed or suffered from severe human rights violations. The videos created for the campaign remain available for educational purposes at www.bridgingthebaltic.org/
- “Model International Criminal Court 2012” – youth exchange and moot court (Latvia)
- “Baltic Sea Film Week 2012” (Latvia)
- “Baltic Bridges 2013” – short film development workshop for BSR film students (Estonia)
- “Bridging the Baltic 2013” – history education conference (Estonia)
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