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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...

EXARC Journal postponed

EXARC has been publishing an annual journal on archaeological open-air museums and experimental archaeology since 2004. A year ago, we decided to change the journal massively. These changes are stemming from a need to improve the journal, in order to respond even more to our readers’ wishes and suggestions...

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...

All contracts signed

We spent September and October to update the information which the Agency required, we added a new partner and made a new contract between all partners. The project now has a number: 507458. Today, after 2 months of communication with the agency and with the partners and local authorities, the final stamps and signatures have been placed and we can say “OpenArch is ON”. The official start date of the project is the 1st of January 2011...

Sudden reply from Brussels

In the heat of the Summer, with many people on Holidays, we checked our email on a French camping site and read the message of the EACEA (the agency in Brussels): “I am writing you to enquire about whether or not you would still be interested in implementing the project you introduced under Strand 1.1 Multiannual cooperation projects of the Culture Programme. Following the liberation of additional funds for Strand 1.1 it would be possible to finance projects from the reserve list, i.e. your project...

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