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Grundtvig Learning Partnership - Didarchtik 2010-2012


Between August 2010 and July 2012, 8 organisations cooperate in EXARC under the name Didarchtik. This name is merging the phrases Didactics and Archaeology.

Over 100 travels will be made in these 2 years, the partners are:
EXARC (NL), Coordinator
Archäologisches Zentrum Hitzacker (DE)
ArcheoParc im Schnalstal (IT)
Bachritterburg Kanzach (DE)
Bäckedals Folkhögskola (SE)
Butser Ancient Farm (EN)
C.I. de Calafell (CAT)
Parco Archeologico Didattico del Livelet (IT)

The project is coordinated by EXARC. Bäckedal Folkshögskola is an adult education institute in ancient crafts with a long standing. VAEE is a network with 200 professionals in archaeological experimentation and education. The other six are archaeological open air museums.

Our concrete objectives:
To create a network to exchange experiences and knowledge in ancient technology.
We want to learn better to connect to our adult public.
We want to understand the diversity of our public in age/generation range and backgrounds.
We want to learn from each other how to exhibit and animate history to the public.
We need to know more about adult learning processes.
We want to learn from each other how explaining science is an added value.
We like to explore new ways of educating the adult public (cross media, new media and ‘unusual’ methods).
Results will among others be:
articles in several journals
an on line visitor survey system, made and used and evaluated
an on line system for films of all partners
an on line dictionary / glossary of terms
an on line network on ancient technology in archaeological open air museums
several on line manuals
There will be several workshops:

1 - 09/2010, the Netherlands: A work meeting to get things right
2 - 11/2010, Catalonia: A workshop about learning & teaching adults. Pedagogical and social backgrounds, physical and psychological developments. Working with people with disabilities.
3 - 04/2011, Germany: A workshop on living history and live interpretation. Quality measures, good practices. Looking into themes like textiles and food, linking with crafts. Discussion living history – crafts.
4 - 06/2011, Sweden: Mid way evaluation. Crafts workshop, attention to generation learning, linking with living history. A discussion on living history & crafts. A Class on adult education techniques, follow up from November 2010.
5 - 09/2011, Italy: Looking into those staying over 3 hours and looking into returning visitors, how to teach them what we want and what they want (communication), a well balanced total museum offer to include all target groups.
6 - 06/2012, England: End evaluation. Teaching adults through themed products and artifacts. Follow up on the programme development theme. Class on how an education visit with organised activities for adult students can be handled versus non-organised visits of adults.


Two projects successfully completed

EXARC had two adult learning projects running for two years from August 1st 2010 onward. These projects, Didarchtik & Zeitgeist, were about adult education in archaeological open-air museums. EXARC was the Coordinator of Didarchtik, and took an advisable role in Zeitgeist.
Dozens of people from 14 EXARC members have visited each other extensively, taking a look in each other’s kitchen...

Last Product of Didarchtik

Motivation Manual Didarchtik
Grundtvig Learning Partnership 2010-2012
Coordinated by Parco Archeologico didattico del Livelet

Looking back at the project as a whole

Looking back at the two years of Didarchtik, VAEE (NL) performed an evaluation, which included feedback from almost all Didarchtik partners. VAEE has been instrumental in evaluating each step in the project, for which many thanks. In our manual, prepared by Archäologisches Zentrum Hitzacker (DE), we gathered all information of what we learned during those 2 years.

EXARC Marketplace gets a boost

The EXARC marketplace is the showcase for our members’ skills – from ancient crafts to museum management, from education to experimental archaeology. Willing to take on commissions or consultancy?

An online glossary in 10 languages

One wish of EXARC has come true: over the past two years 15 members have cooperated in two Grundtvig Learning Partnerships (Didarchtik and Zeitgeist) and as one of the results from that, we now have got an online glossary with words we often use and cannot find easily in dictionaries.

Didarchtik cooperation successfully concluded

The meeting at Butser June 12th – 14th, 2012 focussed on teaching adults through themed products and artefacts. The meeting discussed how an education visit with organised activities for adult learners can be handled versus non-organised visits of adults...

Didarchtik update: Workshop in Val Senales, Ötzi’s hometown

By: Dorothee Olthof
20-23 September 2010, Didarchtik partners met in Val Senales, an idyllic valley in South Tyrol, close to where Ötzi the Iceman was found. Our host was Johanna Niederkofler, director of the archaeological open-air museum in the valley (, supported by her enthusiastic staff...

Didarchtik meeting at Bäckedals Folkhögskola, Sveg

The two-year EU project Didarchtik aims is for the participants to visit each other to share experiences on didactics and teaching methods for adults in providing knowledge of ancient crafts and archaeological finds. By mid-June 2011, it was the turn to Bäckedals Folkhögskola to invite. It felt great to get this many curious guests from far away from many countries in Europe...

The third workshop of Didarchtik

The third workshop of Didarchtik was 7-10 April 2011 at the Bachritterburg Kanzach (Germany). It took place under a very good constellation. Compliments to the organisers, speakers, the living history groups and the 20+ participants from 4 countries. The theme was ‘living history’. The setting was a (re)constructed castle tower from the early 14th century...

Didarchtik meets in Calafell

November 16th - 17th, 2010 Less than two months after we started, Didarchtik already had its first ‘real’ workshop. It was well prepared by the local staff of the Ciutadella Iberica de Calafell – we had two intense days, with 23 people from six countries. Following an introduction at the Museu Casa Barral by the National Agency in Catalonia on European perspective of Adult Learning + Grundtvig programme...

Didarchtik kicking off on the Dutch-Belgian border

September 21st - 23rd, 2010 It was not so easy to bring all participants of 9 organisations to a seemingly lost farm in the borderlands together. It was well equipped, the weather was good and we had a great “home-cook”. Over a period of two days, under coordination of EXARC the ins and outs of the Grundtvig Learning Partnerships were discussed – and the application was explained in more detail as not all people present had actually been involved in writing it...

Our two Grundtvig Learning Partnerships got accepted

In August, 14 members and EXARC itself all got the news, our two Grundtvig Learning Partnerships got accepted. We are happy to announce, almost all partners of the application 'Zeitgeist' have been accepted by their respective national agencies. Unfortunately, our two Italian members were left out, probably because the number of Italian applicants in general was far more than in any other country. We are sorry to lose a good specialist and an experienced museum in this project, but will try other ways of cooperation with them...

Grundtvig preparation meeting

February 11th - 12th, 2010 Days before Carnival broke loose, 20 representatives of from about 14 members of EXARC met for two days in Oerlinghausen (near Bielefeld, Germany), the archaeological open-air museum where EXARC once had its first meeting. This seems like a large group, but when initially all EXARC members were asked if they were interested, no less than 25 had responded...

The potential of the Grundtvig

At a formal EU meeting in Amsterdam, EXARC understood the potential of the Grundtvig adult learning programme for its members. This EU cooperation programme is much smaller and more easy to implement than the larger Culture or Interreg projects are. Many members were interested and this subject will be followed up in 2010.

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