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OpenArch 2011-2015 (Culture Project)


What it is about:
OpenArch is an application for a Culture project, building on the success of EXARC. We have good experience in international cooperation, and now intend to intensify that by joining forces of 10 museums and EXARC itself for a period of 5 years.

The main idea of Archaeological Open-Air Museums is to present both the tangible and intangible past to the public. The tangible parts of Archaeological Open-Air Museums are the archaeological remains and the reconstructions of these (houses, ships, complete environments). The intangible and most interesting part of an Archaeological Open-Air Museum is the story of the people that once lived there.

The objective of OpenArch is to create a permanent partnership of archaeological open air museums throughout Europe with the aim of developing attractive and excellent experiences for the public, focusing on common European heritage, especially the intangible elements of past culture, and including European-wide exchanges of best practice and intensified co-operation between museums workers.

The ultimate goal of the OpenArch project is therefore to help museums and their broader network to become more professional, and to demonstrate the value of working on a European level for the benefit of the visitor experience.

1Workshops and seminars
2Staff exchanges
3Experimental actions

Work Packages:

Work Package 1Management of the project
Work Package 2Improvement of museum management at partner museums
Work Package 3The dialogue with the visitor
Work Package 4The dialogue with skills
Work Package 5The dialogue with science (experimental archaeology)
Work Package 6Dialogue with museums and museum organisations
Work Package 7Communication & Dissemination

OpenArch counts 11 partners:
C.I. De Calafell (CAT), coordinator
Archaeological-Ecological Centre Albersdorf (DE)
Archeon (NL)
Arheološki Institut (RS)
Fotevikens Museum (SE)
Hunebedcentrum (NL)
Kierikki Stone Age Village (FI)
Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales (WLS)
Parco Archeologico e Museo all’aperto della Terramara di Montale (IT)
University of Exeter (EN)


OpenArch comes to an end

Early October, the EU Project OpenArch had its last convention. This took place in Calafell in Catalonia, Spain, where it all started five years earlier. Representatives of almost all 11 partners joined to discuss management in archaeological open-air museums...

ICOM June Meeting in Paris

The June meetings in Paris, by ICOM, are legendary. Each country sends a delegation, each international committee and many affiliated organisations too are present. This year, EXARC had the luck that our Treasurer, also Chair of ICOM Netherlands, attended the meetings and represented EXARC.

EXARC Digest 2015 Issue 1 sent to the printer

In our EXARC Journal Digest 2015 issue 1 you will find six peer-reviewed articles and six Mixed Matters (reviews, interviews and reports). The Digest you are going to receive shortly brings you articles chosen from the EXARC Journal issues 2014/4 to 2015/2, illustrating the wide range of contributions we receive and publish.

Managing archaeological open-air museums

Late May, OpenArch organized a three-day conference on managing archaeological open-air museums. All 11 OpenArch members are EXARC members, and besides these them, we could also welcome several EXARC members for the conference and another dozen for the Crafts Festival which was part of the conference...

Megalithic Routes elects new Board

The Association Megalithic Routes is quite young, but has members in six countries. The group intends to make new routes along megalithic monuments and advertise these. Soon there will be no white spots on the map! February 26, the members of the association Megalithic Routes elected a new Chair and a new Treasurer. Both of them are partner in OpenArch...

2013 PR Book "Communication Strategy" available online

Based on our experience in PR for Archaeological Open-Air Museums in 2013 we wrote a manual on Communication and PR. It includes Strategies for Archaeological Open-Air Museums.

From March 1, 2015 it is available online.

First online issue of the EXARC Journal 2015 published

The EXARC Journal consists of  Mixed Matters articles, which are open access. The other articles are peer-reviewed and for members only. They will become open access 2 years after the publishing date. In the 2015-1 you can find 8 articles divided over two sections. 5 articles are open access (Mixed Matters), others are for EXARC Members only. To view 2015-1 click here. Since 15th February 2015 the 2013-1 Issue of EXARC Journal is Open Access.

Workshops on basketry and flint at Exeter University

We would like to inform you about the two workshops this term at Exeter University on basketry (rush willow and other materials) and flintknapping. It is meant for OpenArch Partners.

EAC9 Dublin and EXARC AGM

Together with UCD & INHP we enjoyed a wonderful conference in Dublin 15-18 January 2015. Over 200 delegates from almost 30 countries and a variety of backgrounds joined for three days of lectures, workshops and excursions revolving around experimental archaeology. Of course we also spent one day at an archaeological open-air museum, the Irish National Heritage Park.

Three good reasons to join ICOM

EXARC is an affiliated Organisation to ICOM, the global federation of museums and museum professionals. There are dozens of good reasons to join ICOM. Here the three most important ones...

Online Journal Issue 2014/4 published

On November 15th we published our fourth online issue of the EXARC Journal this year. You can find it at The Journal 2014-4 contains 10 articles. Several articles about experimentation with pottery, an article on logboats at Butser Ancient Farm, several interviews and book reviews. In total 7 articles are Open Access...

EXARC Journal Digest 2014 Autumn printed

Soon you will have in your hands our second Digest of the year. We are getting used to the new rhythm and hope that our readers find the new format of four issues yearly and two printed Digests satisfactory. In this Digest we bring you our choice of abridged articles, this time from issues 2014/2 and 2014/3. In total 11 articles and a few book reviews...

The dialogue with visitors - international conference in Serbia

October 2014, a few dozen EXARC members and other colleagues met in Viminacium, Serbia. This was the 8th conference of OpenArch and the theme was "The Impact of the Dialogue with Visitors on Management in Archaeological Open-Air Museums". Staging this meeting in Serbia offered the chance for many colleagues from Serbia itself and surrounding countries like Macedonia...

EXARC Journal 2012 goes open access

A promise is a promise: all members’ only articles of our Journal go open access after two years! Now it is time for the material dating to winter 2012. Four articles receive special attention. We discuss Etruscan ceramics and female labour, the state of experimental archaeology in Switzerland; Authenticity is Fiction (?) and living history in Denmark...

Parco Montale celebrating its 10th anniversary with numerous events

Spring 2014, events at the Terramara Park of Montale were dedicated to the 10th birthday were a success. Those attracted 4,300 people raising the total number of visitors since 2004 to 170,000. September 14, the Park opens the Autumn season with a program of events and demonstrations of ancient techniques which the inhabitants of the terramare were very experienced at, as the archaeological finds prove.

Third online Journal Issue of 2014 published

We just published our EXARC Journal 2014/3. It contains 9 article, of which 5 Mixed Matters (open to all), and 4 peer-reviewed: it includes 3 articles from the 8th UK EA Conference Oxford 2014. Please check: From 2014 we will publish 4 online Issues. Last one of 2014 is to be expected by November 15th.

The Value and Scale of the Experimental Archaeology Approach - Conference on the Dialogue with Science (Oulu FI)

The OpenArch Project met in June 2014 in Finland. Over 50 participants discussed the value and scale of the experimental archaeology approach to studying and presenting the past. The dialogue with science is vital for archarchaeological open-air museums, both as regards to research and for presenting how we know what we know...

EXARC at the 29th general assembly of ICOM (Paris, UNESCO building)

ICOM, the International Council of Museums, is a worldwide network of museum professionals. On 3-4 June 2014 they held their annual general assembly in Paris, France. As many members of EXARC are developing themselves into professional museums, we see the benefit of becoming an affiliated organization of ICOM. ICOM organizes many activities to support the development of their 32.000 members worldwide...

Workshop volunteers in museums

Basel: Historisches Museum, 29 January 2014
Following his presentation at the Rio ICOM Conference, the treasurer of EXARC Luc Eekhout was invited to Basel. Mrs. Marie-Paule Jungblut, the director of the four historical museums of this Swiss city, was interested in how to work with a substantial volunteer group...

EXARC Journal 2014-2 online

May 15th, the second online Issue of this year has been published. Since 2014 it is EXARC's aim to post four online issues a year. This issue contains 8 articles divided over four sections. 3 articles are open access (Mixed Matters), others are for EXARC Members only...


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