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EXARC Newsletter, Number 2016/05


ICOM Milano

ICOM Milano 2016

EXARC will join for the triannual convention of museum specialists in July in Milan (IT) where thousands of participants are expected. On  July 6 particularly, a joint session will take place of ICOM NL, CECA, ICOMOS NL (Monuments and Sites), EXARC and ICOM MPR. The theme is “The Roman frontier along the River Rhine: the role of museums in revitalizing cultural landscapes”. Members of EXARC joining the ICOM conference should please contact  Roeland Paardekooper

Conference: Lifelong learning in open-air museums

Conference: Lifelong learning in open-air museums

This year Skansen celebrates its 125th and Vallby Friluftsmuseum its 95th Anniversary. Together they invite to the eighth Conference of the workgroup Lifelong learning in open-air museums in Västerås and Stockholm (SE) on  September 14th-17th. This is a great chance to meet many colleagues from ethnographic open-air museums.  The theme is “Heritage for all”. Who is represented in our open-air museums? Who is not? Does everyone have access to the heritage we show? Is what we put on display comprehensible to everyone? Is it relevant to all? Who defines what is heritage and what is not? How can we improve our exhibits and collections? Is it even possible to include all? More information CLICK HERE.

Photo: Rüdiger Kelm,  120 Years of Strategies and Experiences in Educational and Handicraft Skills

New Journal online - 2016/2

New Journal online - 2016/2

Mid-June and the second EXARC Journal Issue of 2016 is published. It contains  14 articles, of which eight are Mixed Matters and have been added on a weekly base over the previous months. These are open access and are book, festival and conference reviews as well as a discussion on using knives in archaeological open-air museums. The other six articles are reviewed and for members only. These are about volunteers in open-air museums, broken legs, hammers and thousand years of experience with decorating textiles with metal spiral tubes.  More here  HERE

Journal 2014-2 Open Access

Journal 2014/2 Open Access

We opened up issue 2014/2 with articles on, amongst others, martial arts, museum theatre and iron smelting. Some of these articles originate in EXARC meetings in Sweden and Hungary. All articles can be found at  HERE.

Dates confirmed for EAC10

Dates confirmed for EAC10

Following on the successful conference in Dublin (IE), with 200 participants in January 2015, the 10th Experimental Archaeology Conference EAC10 will take place at Leiden University (NL) April 20-22, 2017. It also includes the largest convention of EXARC members of 2017.

More details including the call for papers and posters will follow later via

Photo:  Material Culture Studies, Leiden University (NL)

Crowdfunding for experiments

EXARC member and PhD candidate  Annemieke Milks is crowdfunding her final PhD experiment into the use of the earliest weapons, plain wooden spears from the Pleistocene. She needs money for spears, high velocity camera rental and the rent of an air cannon. More information HERE

With regards,

Dr Roeland Paardekooper, EXARC Director