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From Mead to Snakebite - An Ethnography of Modern British University Sports Team Drinking Culture and its Parallels with the Drinking Rituals of the Viking World

Matt Austin (UK)
7th UK EA Conference Cardiff 2013
***The idea for this paper came, as these things often do, in a bar. The interesting twist was that instead of being an inebriated patron, I was actually working behind the bar observing the scenes of intoxicated students with a bemused expression. What began as a joke...

“You could see it [the past] in your mind”: What impact might living history performance have on the historical consciousness of young people?

Ceri Jones (UK)
2012 OpenArch meeting at Foteviken (SE)
***Living history is used as part of a range of interpretive techniques to help young people experience and learn about the past at museums and historic sites (Samuel 1994). Although the benefits of bringing the past to life have been enthusiastically supported by costumed interpreters, museum and history educators (Fairley 1977; Turner-Bisset 2005) it was not until 2008 that...

Stowarzyszenie Miłośników Truso - Truso Association (PL)

The archaeological research which has been carried out for about 30 years now in Truso - Scandinavian trading and craft emporium, discovered in today's Poland - has yielded an enormous number of heritage items...

Cohors I Germanorum (DE)

It is hard to describe the strengths of Cohors I. Germanorum (pronounced Cohors Prima Germanorum) without lapsing into phrases. Of course we also want to:"Bring history to life", "Get artefacts out of the cabinet and bring them to life", "Bring Living history into the present". But that is what all other groups of performers want!

Museum Burghalde Lenzburg (CH)

Our museum saves, researches, exhibits and interprets all periods from Palaeolithic up to the industrial period. With our archaeological collection, we organise workshops and exhibitions about experimental archaeology...

ARES - Archeologia, Reenacment e Storia (IT)

ARES (Archaeology, History and Re-enactment) is a cultural non-profit organization, which raises the aim of highlighting the history of our country. We believe that to achieve this goal it is essential to involve the public, transmitting knowledge through direct contact as possible with the past. To this end, ARES uses different types of languages, some known, and others less common in Italy...

A Playground Amongst Museums - The Bauspielplatz: From an Open-air Youth Centre to a History Experience Site - an Unusual Development

Frank Kock (DE)
Being a Bauspielplatz [adventure playground] usually means that children have a place to meet, play, be creative, get in contact with animals and nature and even do ‘dangerous’ things - with some pedagogical guidance. It is part of local social work, similar to a youth centre...

Historia Vivens (IT)

Historia Vivens & Memory of Stones is a private project especially devoted to favour the rediscovering and promoting of the European heritage: historical sites, open-air living history and folk museums...

Crafting the Past: Theory and Practice of Museums

Katherine Ambry Linhein Muller (US)
How do we know something is real? We say something exists when it is tangible and we can touch it; it is factual when we can compare it to other known variables, and historic when it fulfils our expectation of the past. There are objects and activities that blur these categories and cause people to accept alternative histories...

Authenticity is Fiction? Relicts, Narration and Hermeneutics

Jörg van Norden (DE)
In many ways, authenticity is everybody’s darling: the historian searches for authentic, historic texts in order to write down history objectively; the readers, naturally, appreciate an authentic description of the past; and museum visitors want to see authentic originals, not replicas...

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