Following on from the cautious preliminary talks last year, we started lobbying where we could meet a lot of archaeological open-air museum colleagues: at annual meetings in Denmark and Sweden. We then sent a letter to our contacts in the business, inviting them to a kick-off meeting in Germany. Much to our relief, thirteen colleagues from as far away as Latvia, Hungary, Sweden and Switzerland came over. We discussed quality criteria, and compiled a list of other potential contacts working within archaeological open-air museums.
Soon after we had our first website up and running; later that year we met in Eindhoven (NL), on the back of the German conference on Experimental Archaeology.