Teaching school children is one of the prime reasons why we have archaeological open-air museums. Many education centres only serve school groups, and are not even open to day visitors. Examples can be found in Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain. At these centres and open-air museums, a kind of informal learning makes children learn much more than just book-knowledge. They learn that situations can be approached in different ways and there are different ‘correct’ solutions. Informal learning is a welcome addition to school life and reaches more than just the mainstream of each class.
“You could See it [the Past] in your Mind”: What Impact might Living History Performance Have on the Historical Consciousness of Young People?
***Living history is used as part of a range of interpretive techniques to help young people experience and learn about the past at museums and historic sites (Samuel 1994). Although the benefits of bringing the past to life have been enthusiastically supported by costumed interpreters, museum and...