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European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2019 for Betina Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding

The winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2019, Europe’s most prestigious honour in the field, funded by the Creative Europe Programme, were announced today by the European Commission and Europa Nostra, the leading European heritage network. We’re proud to announce that, among this year’s winners in the category Education, Training and Awareness-raising, the Award also goes to Betina Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding. Independent Juries of heritage experts from across Europe examined a total of 149 applications, submitted by organisations and individuals from 34 European countries, and selected the winners. The 25 laureates from 16 countries have been recognised for their impressive accomplishments in conservation, research, dedicated service, and education, training and awareness-raising. Among those dedicated individuals and exemplary European heritage initiatives that were awarded in 2019 are:…

Permit for the berthing of wooden boats in the open-air museum

Based on the contract that was signed with the County of Šibenik-Knin, we have been granted a permit to use seafront properties in order to use the moorings for the Betina Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding. The permit is awarded for the presentation of traditional wooden boats as museum exhibits. The permissable area is 1482 m2, of which the total sea surface is 1383 m2, and the land 99 m2. The permit is granted for a period of 20 years.

25th forum of Mediterranean Maritime Heritage

Heritage harbours, festivals and events with the aim of preservation and promotion of cultural heritage Betina, June 6 – 9, 2019   International Forum of the Association of Mediterranean Maritime Museums (AMMM) will be held in Betina from 6 to 9 June, 2019. Betina Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding is the host of this year’s 25th jubilee 25th, which will also be joined by the members of European Maritime Heritage – EMH at their annual meeting. Of particular importance are the ports and seaside towns, which are inherently marked by maritime heritage. The ports and seaside towns bear considerable meaning to people, which in their own significant way, are characterised  by maritime heritage. The locals identify with their town’s maritime tradition, particularly their own boats; this…

HOW TO MAKE A WOODEN BOAT

Boatbuilding is preceded by a discussion between a boat owner and a boatbuilder. Boat owner has to decide on a type and purpose of his desired boat, maritime area in which the boat will be used, its dimensions, drive and specify all the details the boat will be fitted with. Taking into account all the set parameters, boatbuilder begins with the preparation of drawings. PREPARATION OF DRAWINGS After an agreement is reached, the boatbuilder commences with boat design. First, he draws bow stem and stern frame (colloquially, ašta), and after that a midship section (šest). The boat can have from one to three sections of the same dimensions. Šest or midship section model is made of sturdy material (mostly plywood). Then he makes a deck…

Holiday Greeting Message🎀

We wish all our dear guests and friends of the Museum a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! We would also like to inform you that until the 2nd of January the Museum will be opened only for previously arranged group visits. We would like to thank all our friends, visitors, volunteers and supporters for their help and support during the past year and look forward to another great year! Enjoy your time with family and friends, see you all in the New Year!

Contribution to understanding the shipbuilding in Betina

The villages Betina and Murter on the island of Murter were formed in the 14th and 15th century. Domestic population has practiced almost exclusively agriculture and cattle breeding since their inception. In the coming centuries, they expanded considerably their possessions by leasing the surrounding islands and the mainland as well as the Kornati and Žut – Sit island group. Owning a ship has become essential for every family. As far as we know, the first shipyard in Betina was founded by the shipbuilder family Filipi from Korčula in the mid-18th century, initiating the centuries-old tradition of building wooden boats. At the same time the shipbuilder family Uroda is very active in Betina along with the Filipi family. They mostly build wooden boats type gaeta, kaić,…

The Days of Wooden Shipbuilding

For the 4th time the Museum is the organizer of The days of wooden shipbuilding. The event will be open on August 3 with the exhibition Island Visions by the author Ana Troskot Bajić. Ana, in her own words – a self-styled, free-styled artist, will show us her vision of the island Murter through beautiful sculptures of island’s scenes. Maritime Historian, and by recent – Doctor of Science, Zrinka Podhraški Čizmek, will present a valuable work of the Croatian Maritime Regesta in the 18th Century – Sailing on the Adriatic. The author continues the work of her grandfather, Nikola Čolak, in the fifties of the 20th century, and deals with over 4000 documents about our history, captains, ships, merchants, stories and events throughout the 18th century. The book is actually the…

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