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Seminar on museum management, Calafell, October 2015

Wednesday, 7 October, 2015
Organised by: 
Bjorn Jakobsen
Steve Burrow (St Fagans)
Number of Participants / Visitors / Audience: 
c. 15

The last in the series of 5 seminars on the management of archaeological open-air museums was held at Calafell on 7 October. It was used as an opportunity to take stock of our achievements over the last five years and to identify in particular the achievements of the project in this area. The seminar was introduced by Bjorn Jakobsen and the results collated by Steve Burrow.
Two key themes stood out during the hour-long seminar, and following conversations.
First, the extent to which museum, and university, managers, had benefited from the opportunity to see best practice at the museums run by the other partners. Such informal links, facilitated by the conferences and staff exchanges, had provided a great resource.
Second, while some partners had made improvements to their established management practices, the chief benefit was in the extension of management oversight into new areas. Most specifically, visitor interaction, scientific engagement, and communication. The increased professionalization and resourcing of these areas by managers was especially heartening.
The results have already been collated and will form part of the final WP2 project report, but two key points stood out.