In our 50th year we’re delighted to be hosting the international EXARC Experimental Archaeology conference ‘ A Sustainable Revolution for Open Air Museums’. This will be taking place both open-access online and in person here at Butser.
This timely conference will explore the future for Open-Air Museums with presentations from a range of speakers. The questions we will be talking about will include how to develop the strength of open-air museums by building partnerships with other organisations. We will also consider how open-air museums can become leaders in sustainable solutions. We will discuss how can we change internally, support others and eventually lead the way. We will include site and materials management but we look forward to hearing more examples from around the world. We are in a unique position where our teaching of the past offers our visitors lessons for the future, so we are more relevant than ever before. But looking at our own strengths is not enough, we have to develop and find our audience where they feel comfortable, which means we should also, but not exclusively go online. How can the virtual world add to the real-life world? All in all, we need to re-imagine our museums and adapt to change.
If you would like to present a paper the second round of applications ends on the 15th February. More details here (please note speakers attending in person at Butser Ancient Farm will still need to pay the conference fee)