September 2024: Digitalisation in Open-Air Museums and Reconstructions

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Second Call for Papers

EXARC and Museum Batavialand (NL) are pleased to announce the second Call for Papers for the Conference Digitalisation in Open-Air Museums and Reconstructions, which will be held in Lelystad, the Netherlands, 11-13 September 2024. Please send your abstract to before Midnight (Dutch time) on 15 May 2024.

This conference is open to all people with a museum or technical background who are interested in digital tools in the cultural sector. Our focus is on museums and other parties working with reconstructions (for example replica ships or other constructions that are not permanently tied to a museum). These parties need digital solutions, partly to serve their visitors, but also to help their staff in managing collections, and to streamline working methods and comply with current regulations (for example on digital archives of administration). 

Read more about Call for Papers
See Abstracts submitted

About the Conference

At the conference in Museum Batavialand, EXARC will celebrate the launch of the RETOLD platform, where we will demonstrate how you can document, digitalise, and share the stories of your museum. This four-year project has been done in collaboration with museums and many others, thanks to EU support. You are more than welcome to join, and of course offer feedback and other comments! More information about RETOLD:

We expect the conference to be partly hybrid, but we would prefer for those presenting to be present in person where possible. We are currently looking for sponsors who would be willing to donate towards the costs of arranging the online aspect of the conference. The more sponsors we have, the more hours we can also be online, and therefore open access.

Travel and Accommodation

Lelystad has a direct train connection from Schiphol Airport which takes about 40 minutes and runs every 30 minutes. 

Lelystad has several smaller accommodations, and one medium sized hotel:
Leonardo Hotel Lelystad Centrum:



Updated, April 9, 2024

Arrival  - Tuesday, September 10, 2024

Location: Lelystad centrum

18:00  Get together, dinner and drinks (at own expense)
Location TBA


Day 1 - Wednesday, September 11, 2024

Location: Museum Batavialand, Oostvaardersdijk 01 13, 8242 PA Lelystad, The Netherlands

9:00 Open for Registration
9:30 Official opening
9:45 Session 1 (RETOLD related presentations, part 1)
  Going Digital, Issues, Challenges, and Results
Dr Roeland Paardekooper, EXARC (the Netherlands)
  Our House. The Importance of documenting reconstructing Buildings
Dr Julia Heeb, Stadtmuseum Berlin (Germany)
  3D-Modellling, The State of The Art for Cultural Heritage Sites
Dr Cordula Hansen, XYZ Technical Art Services (Germany)
11:15 Coffee break
11:30 Session 1 (RETOLD related presentations, part 2)
  Not just Storytelling. Documentation traditional Crafts in a Museum Setting
Dr George Tomegea, Complexul National Muzeal ASTRA (Romania)
  When Digital hits the Museum: Experiences of our Museum with 3D
Dr Rüdiger Kelm, Steinzeitpark Dithmarschen (Germany)
  There must be an App for that. Technical Solutions for Open-Air Museums
Prof. Dr. Clara Masriera Esquerra, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (Spain)
13:00 Lunch at Taveerne de Batavia (incl guided tours depot)
14:00 Session 2 (RETOLD at the Batavia Werf)
14:00 Guided tour Werf and Batavia Schip
15:00 Hands-on workshop at the Werf (looking at modern techniques and digital possibilities)
16:00 Coffee break
16:15 Workshop 
What did we get involved in? The Good and the Bad about standing in between the Digital and the Museum Reality
Guillaume Auvray MBA, Nüwa Digital Media Content Production Studios Ltd (Ireland)
18:00 Dinner at Taveerne de Batavia


Day 2 - Thursday 12, 2024

Location: Museum Batavialand, Oostvaardersdijk 01 13, 8242 PA Lelystad, The Netherlands

9:00 Session 3 (What others do)
9:00 Unlocking (3D) digital Heritage
Kate Fernie and Henk Alkemade, Carare (Ireland)
  Experiencing the Lower German Limes in a game-based Way
Stephan Engelhard, LVR-Archaeological Park Xanten, Xanten (Germany)
  Digitally Restoring Museum Objects to Their Original Context
Elin Tinuviel Torbergsen, Museum Nord and University of Oslo (Norway)
  Enriching Technologies for a die-hard 'hands on' Presentation
Jack Veldman, Archeon (the Netherlands), Imtal Europe (Sweden)
11:00 Coffee break
11:15 Key Note
  The Role of Unreal in Open-Air Museums
Peter Inker, Colonial Williamsburg (USA), EXARC (the Netherlands)
  TBA: Batavialand (the Netherlands)
  TBA: Vlogging, Podcasts and Outreach through Digital Platforms
13:00 Lunch at Taveerne de Batavia (incl guided tours depot)
14:00 Session 4 (What others do)
16:00 Coffee break
16:15 Guided tour in Batavialand Museum
18:00 Dinner at Taveerne de Batavia


Day 3 - Friday, September 13, 2024

Location: Swifterkamp, Prehistorische Nederzetting, Vlotgrasweg 15, 8219 PP Lelystad, The Netherlands

8:30 Departure from the hotel (by bus) and later city center
9:00 At the Swifterkamp
  Guided Tour at the Swifterkamp
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Hands-on workshop with the app, Swifterkamp case study
XYZ Technical Art Services (Germany)
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Whitebook presentation and discussion
16:00 Coffee break
16:30 Hands-on workshop with the app, Swifterkamp case study
XYZ Technical Art Services (Germany)
18:00 Dinner at HarTeluk restaurant Natuurpark Lelystad
20:30 Departure back to hotel (by bus)


Departures - Saturday, September 14, 2024

This is a travel day