RETOLD conference, 4 to 6 October 2021

EXARC and the other RETOLD partners (Complexul National Muzeal ASTRA (RO), Museumsdorf Düppel (DE), Nüwa Digital Media Content Production Studios Ltd (IE), Steinzeitpark Dithmarschen (DE) and Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (ES)) had a very successful online conference at the beginning of October 2021.

Even though we would have loved to meet in person, due to the still ongoing pandemic, we decided to host our first conference online. The plan was to meet at Complexul National Muzeal ASTRA, and we hope to go there in October 2022...

Stone Age Farmer Basti is hungry

Short bits of film, especially vlogging, is increasingly popular. Open-air museums can use this very well to engage their audience, but it works just as well for experimental archaeologists and other people who reconstruct items or do living history. In our European cooperation project RETOLD, vlogging has a special place for documenting and sharing stories of our museums.

The Steinzeit Park Dithmarschen (Germany), one of the partners in the RETOLD project, creates little videos about life in the Stone Age. This particular one is about the farmer Basti who is working in an antechamber of one of the houses when he realises, he’s hungry. He starts making flour by ...

RETOLD: Vlogging webinar

On May 21 and May 28 the RETOLD webinar “Vlogging in Open-Air Museums” took place online. In the original plan we were hoping to have it live during the conferences, however due to Covid restrictions and difficulties with travels abroad, as well as high need to have it done rather sooner than later - it was decided to go online. The workshop was organized by Museumsdorf Düppel (DE).

In the words of one of the participants: "I recently took part in a 2 day webinar training session on Vlogging- video logging, which was offered to the different partners collaborating on the RETOLD project. Although I was a complete novice, I gained a wealth of practical information Vlogs in Part 1, such as Vlog styles, user personas and audience content, storyboarding and ...

Results of the Project virt:düppel now on Sketchfab!

The project virt:düppel was carried as part of a cooperation between the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) Berlin and the Stadtmuseum Berlin and was funded by digiS – the research centre for digitisation Berlin. Projekte 2019 – digiS (

The aim of the project was the digitisation of cultural heritage – in this case of the house reconstructions in the medieval open air museum “Museumsdorf Düppel” - with an emphasis on creating data for the use of virtual- and augmented reality for education...

Discussion: The Concept of Authenticity in Collections of Open-Air Museums

For the authors see the article

How is it possible that if you go into an arts museum, the ceramics you see may be made yesterday and may be a valued and legitimate part of the museum collection, while in open-air museums, a similar object may be produced by a master craftsperson yesterday, yet is not called authentic? Are we blinded by historical-archaeological authenticity?...

RETOLD Visibility

From the beginning of the year 2021, EXARC has been working on creating a clear style for the RETOLD project: the products and communication. So far we have a logo, approved by all partners, and basic styles to use on Social Media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). These are media EXARC is very present on and will share progress with. First we are going to present our partners and the project itself, later more products will be designed. You will see that our collaboration exists out of museums (archaeological and open-air), a University, a Digital Media Studio and EXARC itself...

Nüwa Digital Media Content Production Studios Ltd (IE)

Nüwa is a Dublin-based digital media agency specialising in digital strategies and production for the cultural sector. Previous clients include Irish National Opera, UCD Symphony Orchestra, VR Ireland, Ergodos,...

Nüwa provides a collaborative environment in which creatives, designers and technologists explore the potential of audiovisual and digital media and their value for cultural, academical and architectural organisations.

We drive a flexible approach and love to explore new horizons. Our work ranges from experiential cloud-based audio-visual production to interactive art installations, film production and web applications.

Complexul National Muzeal ASTRA (RO)

Member of EXARC

The ASTRA Open-Air Museum situated in the natural reservation of Dumbrava Sibiului, 4 kilometers away from the Sibiu city centre, spreads across 96 ha, of which more than 40 ha are covered by the permanent exhibition. It was opened in 1963 when the assumed mission was to present the traditional technical patrimony in rural Romania, mills for grinding, oil, grapes and fruit presses, sawmills and watermills, and some peasant industries.

After the 90's, the museum goes through an obvious transformation, the aspect of traditional culture being more present through the houses rebuilt in the museum, but also with emphasis on the immaterial patrimony. ASTRA Open-Air Museum currently holds over 400 monuments of folk architecture and technique, as well as an impressive collection of ethnographic heritage objects. Conceived as a living museum, it hosts many traditional events such as: traditional fairs, workshops, folk festivals and performances.

Kicking-off RETOLD

Early December, we silently started with the EU Project RETOLD. This is all about open-air museums and the documentation, digitization and sharing of their stories. The start of the project is mainly about ensuring all partners agree with what we promised Brussels, checking what changed since a year ago and where challenges may arise in the start of the 4-year project. We planned several digital meetings with each partner and one general one. Also discussing the next few months and timeline.

Project countries are Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, Spain and Romania. EXARC is the project leader...