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Partner Search for the OpenArch Project in Full Swing

When the OpenArch Project had lost two partners, both for good reasons, it was decided to try and find at least one, preferably two new partners. One should best be from one of the new EU Member states and one should be good at experimental archaeology, not necessarily an archaeological open-air museum. Our search, led by our operational manager, led us to contact many EXARC members...

Conference: Bringing archaeology to life - New ways to reach the public - a report

The conference “How to bring archaeology” to life was held from October 3rd - 7th 2011 at the Hunebedcentre in Borger, the Netherlands. Organisers were the project Zeitgeist, the project OpenArch, EXARC and the Hunebedcentre. The conference was a huge success with almost 100 participants from about ten countries. During the conference, attention was paid to different ways to...

2nd Conference of OpenArch

The Borger Meeting, 3rd - 7th October 2011 was a great success with almost 100 participants from about 10 countries. The programme was well designed and executed, a big thanks to the Hunebedcentrum. The managers of the museums present had made many good and much needed decisions to ensure successful steps for OpenArchs development. Also, the atmosphere among the participants was very good...

OpenArch shields presented to the Partners

A few PR products were made within the OpenArch project, among others shields with the OpenArch logo. Those are to be placed near the entrance of partners' premises, showing their visitors they are involved in OpenArch. Hein Klompmaker, director of the Hunebedcentrum and Ilaria Pulini, director of Parco Montale and EXARC chairman helped the Tanja Klip, Deputy of Culture (media/museums) of the Province Drenthe to reveal the shield...

Final decision from Kalmar County Museum regarding participation in the OpenArch project

At the 7th of September 2011, Kalmar County Museum decided to withdraw. This was not an easy decision. Doubts about the feasibility of running the project were already present in January 2011. The issues of the museum are not so much with the project as much as it has to do with developments in Kalmar itself. Kalmar County Museum is re-organizing...

Biskupin forced to leave OpenArch

Biskupin, partner in OpenArch from the early planning of the project, was forced to withdraw spring 2011. The financial situation for museums in Poland is devastating, and Biskupin is forced to stop any non-essential activities. They hope for a good season 2011 (and the 17th Biskupin Archaeological Festival, September 17th-25th 2011) where they will try to earn most of their own money...

Work Plans work

The eleven partners of OpenArch have been really busy with making their work plans. These include how each subject will be dealt with in the 5 years to come, with an exact calendar and list of outcomes. Several partners decided that in order to learn to know each other better and to get the work done more easily, they needed to meet in person. Our Welsh partner for example went to Sweden for that. The work plans have taken different shapes, and are for example about the dialogue of crafts or about experimental archaeology. Until October they will be developed such that all partners will be able to recognize themselves in them.

Introduction to the Agency in Brussels

By the end of March, the Management Team of OpenArch had a pleasant meeting in Brussels with the representative of the Agency (EACEA). She handles about 50 projects simultaneously but was very interested in OpenArch and the results of our kick off meeting. Later that afternoon, the Management Team moved to the delegation office of the Catalan government in Brussels who gently hosted us. The MT set up a Skype conference with the partners where we told them about the visit to the agency, about the management software for the project and about progress regarding our work plans.

OpenArch started with a "bang"

About 30 participants from 8 countries met for the first time for real to make a start with a five year project. The meeting took place from January 25th till 27th, 2011. All participants are professionally involved with archaeological open-air museums; they come from as far away Finland, Wales and Italy to mention a few. It was a new experience to learn to know each other...
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