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La Ciutadella Ibèrica de Calafell and its involvement in social inclusion projects and the local community

Monday, 26 October, 2015
Anna Triadó
Manel Gómez
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At the Archaeological Open-Air Museums, as part of the museum world, we can play an important role for the local community and society in general. These are places where the intangible and tangible past of a prehistorical or historical community can be explained and understood by a wide range of citizens thanks to the reconstructions, experimental archaeology, live interpretation…, interesting from a local point of view but also from a broader point of view, for example, as part of the European history.

AOAMs are then suitable places to share cultural knowledge to the citizenship but they are also places that can be useful for the local communities and society by fostering synergies with organisations that work with projects related to social inclusion in order to foster and establish synergies for the benefit of society.

In the case of La Ciutadella Ibèrica de Calafell, we are collaborating with organisations, institutions and stakeholders that are developing projects and programmes about social inclusion. The level of involvement of our organisation with each one of these projects and programmes has not the same as our role in these initiatives are in some cases quite episodic. Precisely, one of our commitments resulting from our participation in OpenArch is to strenghten links with social inclusion projects as so far, with some exception, plans have not been put together as should be with the aim to have a stronger link with the community.

The social inclusion projects we have been working with are:

- Attention to Diversity: an Educational Programme with local Secondary school La Talaia. In this project, La Ciutadella plays an important role developing hands-on activities to teenagers who have motivational difficulties at school. On a regular basis, this group of boys and girls come to our AOAM and our staff prepare activities (mostly practical and related to ancient technology: flint knapping, construction,…). This project has been monitored and assessed with good results.

- “Adopt a monument”: also with La Talaia school, this educational project is based in a EU cultural programme of monument adoption in municipalities. In Catalonia, this project is promoted by the Centre d’Estudis del Patrimoni Arqueològic de la Prehistòria in the Autonomous University of Barcelona and some educative centres are involved. In Calafell, the new facilities of the secondary school of Segur de Calafell were named La Talaia (The Watchtower) after a popular contest. The “Adopt a monument” project aimed to link the name of the school to this particular historical heritage spot and from 2012 on the students and their parents have worked in actions for the citizenship to know more about this watchtower from the 15th century located in one of the hills facing the Mediterranean sea in Calafell. These actions have been: the recuperation of the pathway for a better accessibility, signage with information and a route open to the citizenship organised by the students during the European Heritage Days. From La Ciutadella we provide historical assessment.

- Unit of Shared Schooling (Cooperative Education): this is an educational programme with teenagers with behavioural problems. The activities are usually oriented to practical goals rather than formal education in the classroom. Our collaboration is mainly focused in fostering dialogue with them about local history and culture and sharing knowledge encouraging them to value and keep visiting the local historical heritage and participating in activities.

- Consortium for Language Standarisation: this institution aims to promote the knowledge, use and dissemination of the Catalan language, culture and activities of social cohesion. On a yearly basis, the centre of Calafell organises a visit to their pupils in the historical heritage spots in order to learn more about the history of Calafell and fostering intercultural dialogue.

- Social inclusion actions in collaboration with the Human Services Department of the municipality, especially focused on immigrants, fostering intercultural dialogue in the historical heritage of Calafell, but very especially at La Ciutadella.

- Santa Teresa Foundation: we have a collaboration with this social initiative whose mission is to get happiness of people with mental disorder and/or disability, improving their personal autonomy and life quality offering support for their social and working inclusion. At La Ciutadella, they are currently running a project about growing plants. The Foundation also provides working services and at La Ciutadella they care about gardening and maintenance of the “green spaces” around the site.

- Alternative penal measures: our AOAM collaborates with the Justice Department of the Catalan government in providing a place where the punished people can do services for the community, also as measure with an educational and inclusive aim for the person.

During the implementation of OpenArch we have been collaborating with these organisations and stakeholders. However, OpenArch somehow has contributed to make some steps further in the field of developing or improving social inclusion projects within our AOAM. In this sense, we scheduled a meeting with some of these organisations at Casa Barral Museum on 26 October 2015, in order to foster more dialogue and improve the quality, coordination and monitoring of these cooperations as much as possible. The meeting was quite satisfactory and as a result before the end of the year we will set individual meetings to fine-tune the objectives according to every need. This will be one of the inputs of the OpenArch legacy after the project completion.


Attention to diversity acftivity
Attention to diversity activity