Archaeological Open-Air Museum

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)

Member of EXARC

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 archeology.

The park is allocated an area of two (2) 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...

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North (UK)

Member of EXARC

Beamish is a living, working museum that uses its collections to connect with people from all walks of life and tells the story of everyday life in the North East of England. The museum presents everyday life in the 1820s, the early 1900s, the 1940s and the 1950s in both rural and urban landscapes. Beamish also has a fully working tramway and bus service that operates on a daily basis to transport visitors around the museum.

The museums 1820s area includes stories about the development of the railways at the Waggonway, a recreation of the home of renowned Georgian quilter Joseph Headley, St Helen's Church, moved to the museum from Eston near Middlesbrough and Pockerley Old Hall, the home of a tenant farmer.

In the 1900s Pit Village you can visit a row of Pit Cottages, a Fried Fish Shop, a School, a Weslyan Methodist Chapel from nearby Beamish village, Pit Pony Stables and a Silver Band Hall.

Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum - Nemzeti Régészeti Intézet (HU)

Member of EXARC

The Hungarian National Museum was founded in 1802 and is the national museum for the history, art and archaeology of Hungary. It’s collections, exhibitions and affiliates present an overall view of the archaeology and history of the country.

Until 2022 archaeological research, excavation work and presentation were assigned to two separate units within the National Museum. One of these was the Department of Archaeology, which conducts excavations and research of outstanding national significance (like for eg. Vértesszőlős, Kölked-Feketekapu, Heténypuszta, Zalavár, Doboz, Feldebrő, Gyula Castle, etc.). In addition to their research, the members of the department take part in university teaching and in the organisation of scientific life.

Butser Ancient Farm opens an Anglo-Saxon Hall on site

EXARC member Butser Ancient Farm opened the reconstruction of an Anglo-Saxon Hall House at the end of March 2022 on site. Dr Phil Harding had the honour to "cut the wreath" and declare the house open.

An excavation in 1970 in Church Down, Chalton revealed the foundations of the Anglo-Saxon hall that was used as the model for the reconstructed house at Butser. The exavacation in Chalton, which is in close proximity to the Farm, provided important evidence: it was able to prove that Anglo-Saxons were living in large buildings in and around 700 AD.

Facilitated Dialogue: An Emerging Field of Museum Practice

Foteini Venieri
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The notion of dialogue is considered essential in contemporary museology. Since the 1970’s, when Cameron (1971) put forward the idea of museums as forums rather than temples, dialogue is linked to the process of democratization of museum functions and narratives and the inclusion of local communities (Sandell, 2002). Nowadays, “the idea of museum as a forum is widespread” (Kirschenblatt-Giblett, 2020)...