Archaeological Open-Air Museum

Exploring the Potential of Shared Authority Projects in Open-Air Museums

Kate Shear
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As our societies become more diverse and the demographics of heritage visitors change, many open-air museums are concerned about how to remain relevant. Making a shift to an activist approach is one way museums can evolve to better serve their visitors and community. Many traditional museums have adopted this approach, but relatively few open-air museums have done so...

Breathing Life Sustainably - An Abandoned Settlement to an Open-Air Museum Twah Longwar

Naphibahun Lyngdoh
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Twah Longwar is an abandoned settlement located in the State of Meghalaya in North-East India. It is located enroute to one of the world's rainiest places on earth – Mawsynram. Twah Longwar is an abandoned settlement with remnants of over twenty old houses, an ancient market, and a burial site. In a place where rainfall is a concern but also a major tourist attraction, and where lost architectural styles are only...

The Stone Age becomes Sustainable - Experiences from being an Educational Partner for Sustainable Development for more than 15 years

Rüdiger Kelm
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Since the year 2006 the Archaeological-Ecological Centre Albersdorf (AÖZA), Germany, has worked as an officially recognised partner for sustainable development on an institutional base for the Sustainable Development Goals of the UNO on a regional level. In this article the thematic background of the educational work in archaeology and ethnography will be ...

Middelalderlandsbyen (DK)

Member of EXARC

The medieval village is a collection of reconstructed houses, from 1350, with livestock. The village is the starting point for a lot of fun and educational experiences, and is an obvious historical excursion destination for you as a school or for your whole family.

The museum was established in 1999 by Brøndby Municipality as an offer for the municipality's primary schools. This was the year when museums, cultural institutions, theaters and primary schools in Denmark focused on the Middle Ages.
On a daily basis, the village is a living part of Brøndby Municipality with a bunch of happy and committed people who sow, build, sew, smith, take care of the animals, cover and make firewood and do things and do things.

Help the Middelaldercentret!

The Middelaldercentret in Denmark is known for its trebuchets, a type of medieval casting machine.

Sadly in 2021 the small one died, after 30 years of use, and the big one is also an elderly lady who will not last much longer.

Our colleagues in Denmark contacted us:

We are going to build a new trebuchet in 2023, and you are invited to help spreading the word.

... Building a trebuchet is not easy and it is expensive.

We will do it the medieval way, and involve the local community, the local schools and teach people about medieval crafts. But we also want to involve a much wider community: our fellow nerds, re-enactors, history lovers and craftspeople around the world!

History Reconstruction Club: Ostvytsya (UA)

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Ostvytsya is a historical and cultural project that recreates the atmosphere of the Rus' era of the 9th-12th centuries with the help of historical reconstruction and experimental archaeology.

The park is allocated an area of two hectares right next to the ancient Old East Slavic hillfort of the 10th-12th centuries found by archaeologists, which is an archaeological monument of national significance.

Our goal is a historical reconstruction of an ancient settlement, which includes architectural and cultural reproduction of dwellings, handicraft workshops, sheds, defensive walls, towers, fortified entrances, and boats, where one can touch the daily routine, life, and entertainment of the period of Ancient Rus.

The main activities of the park:

Parco Archeologico Didattico del Livelet at work for inclusiveness

Parco Archeologico Didattico del Livelet is an Italian open-air museum, opened in 2007 and dedicated to a period between the end of the Neolithic and the beginning of the Bronze Age. The educational programme was developed for schools, families and tourists and is, in most parts, conducted by archaeologists and nature guides. Each activity, from guided tours to workshops, is structured to encourage exchange between the museum, the staff and the participants, to convey correct content in an engaging way. Thanks to the project, started at the end of 2021, these activities are becoming more inclusive and accessible.

RETOLD: On the Way for a Digital Future of Documentation in Open-air Museums – User Requirements for Data Entry and a Management Product for the RETOLD-Project

Cordula Hansen
Rüdiger Kelm
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As part of the RETOLD project, which runs from 2020 until 2024 and is funded by the Creative Europe Programme, Nüwa Digital Media Production Studios (Ireland) in collaboration with the Archaeological-Ecological Centre Albersdorf (AÖZA, Germany) have carried out a year-long user research project for a future digital tool, that will enable open-air museums to collect and manage data...

RETOLD: Open-air Museum Mobile Applications UX Report - Looking for Inspiration

Pau Sanchis Rota
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This article presents the methodology and results of the report on Open-air Museums Mobile Apps, developed by the RETOLD Project in October 2021. From the analysis of a sample composed by 15 Open-air Museums mobile applications, three models for Open-air museums mobile apps are proposed according to different visit experiences...