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liveARCH 2006-2009 (Culture 2000)


2016 - This website was taken offline in 2010. EXARC decided to bring it back to life in 2016. Unfortunately all the dynamic info (like news, press releases, staff exchanges, resources collected during project) was lost in 2010. We tried to bring back as much information as possible and redesigned the website where needed.

What it is about:
LiveARCH is a network of museums with a focus on living history, aiming to disseminate historic knowledge and to promote a greater interest in our common European cultural heritage among the general public.

Promoting archaeological open-air museums in just 7 minutes - is that possible? LiveARCH thought it was and the Italian museum, Museo Civico Archeologico Etnologico (Modena) actually did it! From archaeological finds, which are our most important source about life of the past, through archaeological research, reconstruction and demonstration with attention for experimental archaeology and living history, liveARCH intends to show the importance of these museums and its critical success factors. Examples are taken from all 8 countries of liveARCH.

Under the patronage of EXARC, eight members: Lofotr Viking Museum (NO), The Museum of Foteviken (SE), Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen (DE), Historisch OpenluchtMuseum Eindhoven (leader) (NL), Araisi Archaeological Museum Park at the Latvian National History Museum (LV), Matrica Múzeum és Régészeti Park (HU), Parco Archeologico e Museo all’aperto della Terramara di Montale (IT) and The Scottish Crannog Centre (SC) joined in a 3 years Culture 2000 project called “liveARCH”.
The plan can be devided in 5 components:
14 training workshops. 4 – 5 days each, spread over the 3 years and amongst the co-organisers. The workshops have the following themes: Marketing & Communication; Skills training; The Dialogue of Knowledge; The Dialogue with the Visitor.
2Approximately 90 staff exchanges, taking between 2 and 10 days each, within the 3 year time frame; approximately 10 exchanges per Partner.
3A joint exhibition on living history presentations including an exhibition catalogue. It will be shown a minimum from the 3rd year of the project onwards, in most cases running as a permanent exhibition.
4Existing workshops will be coordinated between the partners. Existing and new events will be coordinated between the partners. This will be achieved through a web based application and through publishing flyers for distribution. This will be done during the complete length of the project.
5The quality development will be addressed continuously during the length of the project. The quality of the co-organisers will be assessed on a self evaluation base, and enhanced according to standards which will be set up during this project.
LiveARCH runs from November 2006 to October 2009.


EXARC an affiliated organisation of ICOM

In the frame of the EU project liveARCH Hartmut Prasch (AT), member of the Executive Council of ICOM took part in a conference at Fotevikens Museum. In the months to follow, members of the EXARC Board met several members of the Executive Council. This led to our application to becoming an ICOM affiliated organisation, status which was granted on 3 December 2009...

8th liveARCH conference: The Dialogue of Knowledge

October 7th - 10th, 2009 in Hungary, liveARCH had its final conference & workshop. Discussion was about problems and perspectives of archaeological open-air museums and experimental archaeology in Europe; the link with science. 80 people convened in a programme with both lectures and excursions...

H8 - Eight countries present Living History

May 20th - 25th, 2009 Not even 2 months after the Forum in Italy, there was another large event of liveARCH. The Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen (DE) ( organised "H8 - Eight countries present Living History" at the Lake Constance. It started off with a 2 day conference about living history and events with speakers like...

1st European Forum

March 25th - 29th, 2009
Spring 2009, our ARCH partner in Modena (IT) organised a 3 day conference, themed "1st International Forum of Archaeological Open-Air Museums" which included a Conference and a Workshop. The meeting will also host the Annual General Meeting of EXARC. Several international speakers, representing some of the most significant European archaeological open-air museums...

Skills training workshop in Latvia

September 25th - 29th, 2008 With almost 100 participants, the liveARCH meetings are changing character, for the better. The 5th liveARCH Meeting (LV ’08) was a true combination of craftspeople and museum people. With presentations both in the lecture room and outdoors in the open-air, a great combination of knowledge learned by heart and knowledge gained by experience was demonstrated...

Marketing & Communication workshop in Norway

From the beginning, Norway had some suggestions to how to proceed, based on experience from other EU projects. The proposal was to strengthen each partners marketing, and create a marketing strategy for the project. This theme has also much to do with the Scottish theme of the dialogue with visitors. Acquiring information about visitors can be vital for marketing, and strategic communication...

Quality and Sustainability meeting in Sweden

November 7th - 11th, 2007 Autumn 2007, the 3rd liveARCH meeting took place in Sweden, focussing on the dialogue with visitors as well as on “Quality and Sustainability”: a very ambitious concept which will probably be adjusted during the process. It should cover the partner’s needs, especially towards the quality of the product they offer the public and the way they organise this product including the quality of living history groups and events...

LiveARCH shields are made

For the 8 liveARCH members, shields were made. This is to show they are all connected to the same project and goal, a network of museums with a focus on living history, aiming to disseminate historic knowledge and to promote a greater interest in our common European Cultural heritage among the general public...

liveARCH’s first workshop

March 14th - 18th, 2007 liveARCH went to Scotland for their 2nd meeting. This visit encompassed the first workshop of liveARCH on the theme of ‘Dialogue with the Visitors’ and a one-day conference ‘Cultural Heritage Interpretation’. The latter was held as part of this Meeting, with a range of speakers explaining how archaeology and history are presented to the public in a number of countries...

liveARCH - Kick Off Meeting

In the days January 25th - 29th, 2007, “Eindhoven” hosted the first meeting of all partners of liveARCH. An important goal to liveARCH was to improve the experience of visitors to archaeological open-air museums across Europe through a better cooperation and with this, to enlarge interest in heritage. Living History plays a central role in these. LiveARCH linked the museums in question better and pursue quality and sustainability...

liveARCH Grant Agreement signed

After 3 months of negotiating, the lead partner of liveARCH, the Historisch OpenluchtMuseum Eindhoven, has signed the Grant Agreement with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. The three year project has a value of 1.4 Million Euro. The project bureau, which resides in Eindhoven, has visited Brussels and got many questions answered...

Breaking News

In the evening of July 12th 2006, we received a fax from Brussels with the following content:
“The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency has concluded the examination of proposals submitted under the above Call for Proposals. On the basis of recommendations of independent experts from countries participating in the Culture 2000 programme, in agreement with the management Board of the programme and following the exercise of the right of scrutiny by the European Parliament, a list of projects, which have been proposed to receive an EU grant, has been established...

10th meeting of EXARC - a closer cooperation with liveARCH

The Living History Museums and archaeological open-air museums of Europe join their resources. From 11th – 13th November 2005, the members of EXARC met in Asparn an der Zaya (AT), north of Vienna. In the Metternich-Schloß, the director of the Niederösterreichisches Landesmuseum für Urgeschichte, Dr. Ernst Lauermann, welcomed the 25 museum directors and employees who travelled down to the meeting from Austria, Germany, France, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Hungary...

liveARCH (INTERREG 4C) became liveARCH (Culture 2000)

In September 2005, it became clear, the best option to apply for EU funding for the liveARCH idea was not to wait for INTERREG 4, but to join Culture 2000 with a 3 year project. One of the limits of Culture 2000 was the number of participants: maximum 8. After 2 weeks, our liveARCH project counted 8 candidates. We hope to be able to have more EXARC members join the project and its activities as affiliate partners. By the 28th of October, an application of almost 5 kilogrammes was sent off to Brussels.

Introduction of the European project liveARCH (INTERREG 4C) at the 8th EXARC Meeting, Biskupin (PL)

The INTERREG workgroup, with as principal advisor Geir Sør Reime (NO) and members from Foteviken (SE), Lejre (DK) and HOME (NL) presented the plans and the 1st draft at the EXARC meeting in Biskupin in Autumn 2004. All EXARC members present as well as some absentees agreed with the chosen road...

Conception of a plan for EXARC's future at the 7th EXARC Meeting, Barcelona (SE)

March, 19th - 21st, 2004 7th EXARC meeting was organised by UAB - Dept. d'Antropologia i Prehistòria Facultat de Lletres. When meeting at the Barcelona Universities, in Spring 2004, the members present decided it was time to move EXARC to a higher plan and speed up its development...
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