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Meetings and Workshops

Meetings are theoretically focused events, with presentations/lectures and discussion groups. These are open and of interest to a broader audience. Workshops are practically focused ‘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.

January 2011: Kick off Meeting of OpenArch, Calafell (CAT)

Monday, 24 January, 2011 to Friday, 28 January, 2011
In the last days of January, in Calafell (Catalonia, Spain), the first meeting of a new European project OpenArch will take place. At this inaugural meeting a calendar will be made of international meetings that will take place until late 2015 (in total 11). See the Report from this meetings incl extra information.

October 2011: "Bringing archaeology to life", Borger (NL)

Monday, 3 October, 2011 to Friday, 7 October, 2011
This meeting is co-sponsored by the EU projects OpenArch & Zeitgeist. During this meeting different aspects of Social and the Modern Media will be explained in relation to Archaeological Open-Air Museums. See the Report from this meetings incl presentations.

April 2012: III OpenArch meeting in Modena (IT)

Wednesday, 11 April, 2012 to Sunday, 15 April, 2012
The meeting will deal with the implementation of the OpenArch project activities with a specific focus on the Dialogue with Skills. Core of the program is the Workshop Smiths in Bronze Age Europe (13 - 14 April). See the Report from this meeting.

September 2012: "Museum interpretation and public engagement: challenges and opportunities", Höllviken (SE)

Sunday, 23 September, 2012 to Thursday, 27 September, 2012
This conference took place at Fotevikens Museum, Höllviken with the reconstructed Viking village. The over-arching theme was the challenges of interpreting and engaging public interest in open-air museums and archaeological/historic sites. See the Report from this meeting.

October 2012: 1st Exeter Dialogue with Science Workshop

The first Exeter dialogue with science workshop was very successful. Participants from Finland, Holland, Italy and Wales joined Exeter postgraduate students and staff for exchange of information, practice, and the pedagogies of experimental archaeology.

April 2013: The Dialogue with the Visitor, Alphen a/d Rijn (NL)

Monday, 22 April, 2013 to Friday, 26 April, 2013
The conference will revolve around The Dialogue with the Visitor. Archaeological Open-Air Museums (AOAM) face unique challenges concerning their interaction with visitors. See the Report from this meeting...

May 2013: 2nd Exeter Workshop

Exeter offers the 2nd Exeter Dialogue with Science Workshop, within the days 20 - 24 May. This workshop will explore the interaction of research and visitor agendas experienced by many experimental archaeology projects and archaeological open-air museums that present a variety of...

September 2013: "Working with stones in European Pre- and Protohistory in theory and in practice" at Albersdorf (DE)

Monday, 23 September, 2013 to Friday, 27 September, 2013
Theme is "Working with stones in European Pre- and Protohistory in theory and in practice". On September 24 there will be held an international scientific conference about archaeological research and experiments; on September 25 there will be a practical workshop... See the Report from this meeting...

December 2013: 3rd Exeter Workshop

From the 6-8th December 2013, OpenArch members from Sweden, Wales and England joined the Touching the Past Project (TTP) at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, for a Dialogue with Science workshop...

June 2014: The Value and Scale of the Experimental Archaeology Approach - Conference on the Dialogue with Science (Oulu FI)

Wednesday, 11 June, 2014 to Sunday, 15 June, 2014
The VII Conference of OpenArch will take place in Finland. The focus will go to Stone Age and dialogue with ancient skills, technologies and study techniques. Many presentations took place... See the Report from this meeting...

September 2014: II International Symposium: “The Impact of Dialogue with Visitors on AOAM Management ”, Viminacium (RS)

Monday, 29 September, 2014 to Friday, 3 October, 2014
The VIII Conference of OpenArch took place in Serbia. The conference was dedicated to archaeology of the region, as well as the presentation of local archaeological cities and Parks in Serbia and its neighboring countries... Please See Report from this meeting

November 2014: Exeter Dialogue with Science Workshop 4 - Learning Craft Skills: Hides and Tanning

Over the week of the 24th through the 28th of November 2014, an international group of students and OpenArch participants engaged in a skills workshop covering a number of animal skin tanning technologies. The main goal of the daytime activities centred on skills acquisition.

February 2015: Exeter Dialogue with Science workshop 4 - Learning craft skills: Basketry and related plant management

The first evening Theresa Emmerich Kamper and Linda Hurcombe met Jasna Lesnjak (Calafell) and Elen Bowen (St Fagans, National Museum of Wales) to take them to a meal in the city centre overlooking the cathedral.

March 2015: Exeter Dialogue with Science workshop 4 - Learning Craft Skills: Flintknapping

The outstanding, world-wide experience of Professor Bruce Bradley of course was the basis of the flintknapping for all three days. His theoretical and especially practical knowledge gave the fundamental understanding of...

May 2015: Managing archaeological open-air museums: current issues, future trends - Cardiff (WLS)

Monday, 25 May, 2015 to Friday, 29 May, 2015
Archaeological parks, museums and heritage centres, are a growing phenomenon with hundreds known across Europe alone. The majority are new institutions developing their own approaches to management, fund raising, visitor experience and sustainability... Please See Report from this meeting

Exeter Dialogue with Science Roadshow: Foteviken

The OpenArch collaboration at Foteviken occurred when three Calafell staff were also visiting during the Viking Market-a major event at Foteviken. Our contribution was the Dialogue with Science Roadshow and was badged as Historical Workshops by Foteviken as a new venture.

Dialouge with Science Roadshow: Sagnlandet Lejre

The Athra Gathering held at Sanglandet Lejre: Land of Legends in Denmark was the third stop for Exeter’s Dialogue with Science road show.

Exeter Dialogue With Science Roadshow: Hamburg Student Week at AOEZA

The fourth stop for the Dialogue with Science was the Experimental Activity week held at the Steinzeitpark Dithmarschen in Albersdorf, Germany.

Exeter Dialogue With Science Roadshow : Ancient Technology Centre

The Ancient Technologies Centre located in Cranborne, Dorset in the United Kingdom was the 5th venue for the Exeter University Dialogue with Science road show.

Exeter Dialogue With Science Roadshow: Exeter Participation in the Mesolithic Living Project

Exeter Participation in the Mesolithic Living Project: During my 10 day stint at the Living Mesolithic Project at Albersdorf I had the chance to experience first-hand the day-to-day life-ways of an inhabitant of an early hunter-gatherer “village”.

Exeter Dialogue With Science Roadshow: Archäologisches Freilichtmuseum Oerlinghausen

On the way to Northern Germany to participate in the Mesolithic Living project two of the Exeter Dialogue with Science team members, Linda Hurcombe and Theresa Emmerich Kamper stopped at the road shows’ 6th venue of the summer, Archäologisches Freilichtmuseum, in Oerlinghausen Germany.

October 2015: Calafell – Finale (CAT)

Tuesday, 6 October, 2015 to Friday, 9 October, 2015
The last meeting of OpenArch partnership takes place in October in Calafell (Tarragona). The goal of this activity is to take the last decisions regarding the project and make assessments of the project results... Please See Report from this meeting

Exeter Dialogue With Science Roadshow: La Ciutadella Ibérica de Calafell

In October 2015 a group of post graduate students from the University of Exeter visited La Ciutadella Ibérica de Calafell. This was the 8th stop for the Dialogue with Science Roadshow.

Exeter Dialogue With Science Roadshow: Archeon

A trip to Archeon Experimental Park in the Netherlands was arranged for 5 Master’s and 4 PhD students and Drs. Gill Juleff and Linda Hurcombe from the University of Exeter, UK.

Exeter Dialogue with Science Roadshow: Hunebedcentrum

The Hunebedcentrum was the tenth and final stop for the Exeter Dialogue with Science Roadshow.