RETOLD 2020-2024 (Creative Europe)

What it is about

Documentation | Digitisation | Sharing
The RETOLD project will ensure that open-air museums can continue telling important cultural heritage stories to a diverse public by developing a standardised workflow to collect, digitise, and share data on buildings, crafts, and traditions. These data will be stored in an open access format so that museum professionals, researchers, and the public can access and use them freely. This will ensure better quality research through more comparable data, the preservation of tacit cultural heritage knowledge, and opportunities for more engaging and impactful story-telling about cultural heritage to the general public.

Open-air museums are vast repositories of cultural heritage data, which are currently located in archival records, photos, video, and the minds of museum staff and volunteers. There is a real risk that without a standardised process for capturing and storing this data, it will be lost forever. Open-air museums are process and action-oriented, rather than artefact oriented. Therefore, the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model, that revolves around events and processes (as opposed to objects), will be used. The standardised workflows created by this project will be shared in an open access form on multiple platforms, and open-air museums will be actively encouraged to adopt them.

The RETOLD project will thus create open access knowledge transfer to a new generation of museum professionals, researchers, and the public. This represents an important opportunity for open-air museums to fully leverage the new possibilities of digital technologies, social media and online communities in widely disseminating cultural heritage data. The end result will be enhanced cooperation between historical and archaeological open-air museums and other cultural heritage specialists, a strengthening of the research and interpretation framework of open-air museums, and ultimately the long-term sustainability of open-air museums as guardians of cultural heritage. 

The RETOLD partners are: EXARC Coordinator; Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (ES)Complexul National Muzeal ASTRA (RO)Steinzeitpark Dithmarschen (DE)Nüwa Digital Media Content Production Studios Ltd (IE) and Museumsdorf Düppel (DE)

Work Packages

Work Package 1 Management of the Project
Work Package 2 Documentation Instruments & Strategies
Work Package 3 Immersive Media & 3D Storytelling
Work Package 4 Case Studies & Rollout
Work Package 5 Dissemination and Exploitation of Results

Deliverables and planned Actions

Title What Author / Responsible for Project Year
Documentation App (incl. research on documentations methods and needs) Online Tool Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (ES) with help of Complexul National Muzeal ASTRA and Museumsdorf Düppel (DE) RETOLD 2023-2024
Prototype for immersive digital storytelling (incl. case study at one museum) Website: Online Tool Nüwa Digital Media Content Production Studios Ltd (IE), Steinzeitpark Dithmarschen (DE) RETOLD 2023-2024
Platform with Case Studies & Roll out (database) Website: Online Tool EXARC, Nüwa Digital Media Content Production Studios Ltd (IE) RETOLD 2023-2024
Workshops Immersive Media & 3D Storytelling at Museum Partners Training Nüwa Digital Media Content Production Studios Ltd (IE), Steinzeitpark Dithmarschen (DE), Complexul National Muzeal ASTRA, Museumsdorf Düppel (DE) RETOLD 2022-2023
WhiteBook for roll out to other museums Website: Online Tool / Print Manual EXARC and Museumsdorf Düppel (DE) with help of all the partners RETOLD 2023-2024
Vlogging and trainings
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Training Museumsdorf Düppel (DE) RETOLD 2021-2024
Articles in the EXARC Journal Website / Print EXARC with help of all the partners RETOLD 2021-2024
Corporate Identity / logo and website (incl. Communication through Social Media)
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Internet / Website EXARC RETOLD 2020-2024
Presentation at Museum Partners Small Exhibition EXARC RETOLD 2021-2022
Midterm external Evaluation by a specialist Report EXARC RETOLD 2022
Conferences (working meetings) incl four bursaries Meeting EXARC, Complexul National Muzeal ASTRA, Steinzeitpark Dithmarschen (DE), Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (ES) RETOLD 2021-2024

Featured Articles

RETOLD: Initial Survey to Capture Current State of Digital Tech in Open-Air Museums

Cordula Hansen (IE) and
Rüdiger Kelm (DE)
The motivation and purpose of the RETOLD project is to capture and preserve the wealth of data from evidence informing building reconstructions and craft processes of open-air museums. Additionally, the project seeks to develop and use alternative formats of oral histories as a way of share intangible cultural heritage with a wide audience. From an artistic point of view, immersive media are to...

RETOLD: Documenting House (Re)constructions – An Excerpt of European Approaches

Julia Heeb (DE) and
George Tomegea (RO)
As part of the EU project RETOLD, the Stadtmuseum Berlin in Germany is responsible for creating standardised documentation strategies for archaeological house models and evaluating them by engaging with the open-air museums of Astra in Romania and the Steinzeitpark Dithmarschen in Germany. In order to start creating these workflows, as a first step, other open-air museum were approached ...

RETOLD: A European Project Digitises Memories of Experimental Archaeology for Their Preservation

Paloma González Marcén and
Clara Masriera Esquerra (ES)
The origins of the European RETOLD project, led by the international association EXARC, lie in a concern to preserve the heritage generated by archaeological open-air museums through the creation of a standardised system for collecting, digitising and disseminating knowledge (memories) of the processes of building reconstruction and handcrafted objects. The project has a duration of four years ...