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About OpenArch

OpenArch is a Culture project, building on the success of EXARC. We have good experience in international cooperation, and now intensify that by joining forces of 10 museums and EXARC itself.
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 work in OpenArch is divided in Work Packages. All Work Packages are the responsibility of the entire partnership, but one or two partner will coordinate them.
The three main methods of achieving the objectives of OpenArch are:

Meetings and Workshops

Meetings are theoretically focussed events, with presentations/lectures and discussion groups. These will be open and of interest to a broader audience.
Workshops are practically focussed ‘working together’ gatherings for staff of the Archaeological Open-Air Museum with the aim of exchanging insight into specific methods and improving each other’s skills/abilities. At every workshop, different Work Packages will be addressed, as modules. The workshops will be open for staff and other interested persons from outside the organiser museums.
Meetings and Workshops will partly be organised simultaneously and on the same spot, side by side, making the organisation easier and the exchange of experience and knowledge more diverse. There will be about 11 meetings taking place during the 5 years. A format for this will be developed based on our experiences in the Culture 2000 liveARCH project. Organisation will each time be a joint venture between Calafell (CAT) and the local museum in order to guarantee a continuous quality of the activity and an authentic local feeling.

Staff Exchanges

The objective of the staff exchanges is to deepen the exchange of best practice and skills between staff of the participating Archaeological Open-Air Museums. The staff exchanges will have predefined themes. Staff exchanges will mainly be made by the front line staff of the museums, i.e. by the cultural actors and artists. The number of staff exchanges is set conservatively, it depends on the development of costs whether more exchanges will be possible.

Experimental Actions

These are included in Work Package 5, the Dialogue with Science. Archaeological remains and objects are tangible remains of past civilizations. They need to be interpreted to give meaning today, and interpretation is dependent on experiments. Experiments are needed to understand how objects were made, how constructions can have looked like and not the least, how people in the past behaved and acted. In OpenArch, experimental actions will be limited to those that have an immediate result on the visitor experience, or that can be used as visitor attractions by themselves.