Nålbinding Social Memory Heritage Project

Nålbinding – single needle knitting is a heritage craft that is starting to generate allot of interest within the UK. It was listed as an endangered Heritage craft in the UK in March 2019 by the Heritage Craft Association and more people are starting to think about the story of it as a craft. 

This oral and social history project relating to Nålbinding is all about finding out to what extent nålbinding has stayed a conscious memory and a family tradition; and in what parts of the UK this is more prevalent. This will enlighten us about the craft itself, but also the stories of people experiencing the craft back into the recent past... 

EXARC on Visitors Numbers 2018

Remembering the Summer of 2018, many museums worried that the visitor numbers would suffer from the heat. A first impression in July last year showed that most museums between the Alps and Oslo experienced a decline of 10% or more. However, with the official visitor numbers of almost 100 museums reported to EXARC, we see that the so-called shoulder season, before and after the high season, made up a lot of the damage.

On another note, the Dutch National Institute of Statistics recently reported that prices in museums, zoos et cetera in the Netherlands went up by 17% since Summer 2014 while the total inflation in the same period was 7%...

EXARC Journal 2019-3 online

We managed to publish the third EXARC Journal of this year by the end of Summer. It counts seven reviewed articles, some of which were presented at the EXARC Conference on archaeological open-air museums in Kernave (LT) in 2018, about Düppel in Berlin (DE) and Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia (US). Further, authors discuss lithic technology from Brasil, the analysis of metal points, rondelles, throwing sticks, and a late Bronze Age horse bridle.

Then we also have 8 unreviewed short articles, mainly reviews of events and conferences (South Korea, Italy, Germany, Poland & Serbia), a book review and short articles on How to Communicate an Event to the Media and Shooting Experiments with Early Medieval Arrowheads. 

Have fun reading!