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Museums as Good Places

David Anderson (UK)
OpenArch Conference - 25 May 2015, Cardiff
In 1903 the American industrialist, Andrew Carnegie offered the then enormous sum of $2,500,000 to the trustees of a fund which he had created for the citizens of the city of Dunfermline, Scotland, the place of his birth. He instructed these trustees to use the money to enhance the lives of the people of the city...

Conference Review: Archaeological Reconstructions and Tourism, Mistelbach (AT)

M.Tapavicki-Ilic (RS),
M. Stefani (IT) &
C. Detreköy (CH)
EXARC and Urgeschichtemuseum MAMUZ Schloss Asparn/Zaya joined forces to organise an international conference from the 25th to 27th of September 2015, held in Mistelbach, near Vienna focusing on Archaeological Reconstructions and Tourism...

Construction of a Neolithic Longhouse Model in the Museum of Prehistory Urgeschichtemuseum (MAMUZ)

Matthias W. Pacher, MAMUZ and
Wolfgang F.A. Lobisser, VIAS (AT)
The museum of prehistory Urgeschichtemuseum (MAMUZ) in Asparn an der Zaya looks back on a long tradition, starting in the late 1960s, when the province of Lower Austria’s prehistoric collection found a new home at the freshly renovated palace Schloss Asparn. While the palace was being set up as a presentation area for the collection items...

Book Review: Performing heritage: Research, practice and innovation in museum theatre and live interpretation by Anthony Jackson and Jenny Kidd (eds)

Kirsty Sullivan (UK)
This useful text brings together recent thinking about museum theatre and the performance of heritage, offering a range of international case studies to its readers as evidence of the discipline’s usefulness in interpreting the past for visitors...

“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...

Obituary: Ole Crumlin-Pedersen, founder of the Viking Ship Museum

Tinna Damgård-Sørensen (DK)

On 14 October 2011, Ole Crumlin-Pedersen passed away after a long period of illness, aged 76. Ole Crumlin-Pedersen, born 24 February 1935 in Hellerup, Denmark dedicated his life to maritime cultural heritage, maritime archaeology and old ships...

Conference: Reconstruction “in situ”, International Archaeological Meeting of Calafell, 2011

Roeland Paardekooper (NL)

March 2011, EXARC convened for the 17th time, this time in Calafell, Catalonia, Spain. We could go along with the 6th international archaeology meeting of Calafell, a biannual conference. Three days long, from 9:30h in the morning until 19:30h in the evening, we listened to about...

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