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The Dialogue with the Visitors

This Work Package focuses on the presentation of archaeology to the public. The partners have great expertise to present and working with living history for sites and their history. We help children, young people and adults of all ages to discover their own local history with our own method. A significant asset of archaeological open-air museums is that they do not attract a limited target group like more traditional museums do. Different layers of the population, with different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds equally visit these museums and learn from it.

Focus will be on the following elements:
Setting the local site and community in a European cultural context, understanding its role in a past contemporary setting, making the local globally significant (this is also part of the ‘creation of a story’);
Creating a story of the site that is, interpreting the intangible parts of the archaeological past into a reconstruction that will form the base for interpretation and intermediation. The project will organise a (series of) workshop(s) on reconstructing intangible culture, a kind of experiments in intangible culture.
Didactics (education staff) – different ways of presenting history (guiding, role-play etc.) and how to address different types of audiences – the topic for at least one seminar / workshop organised by the project, focussing on education of groups as well as families.
There will be one annual seminar in this Work Package.

Activities and Products

A product for OpenArch is a tangible result of an effort (in time or money) to fulfill any of the goals set in the Work Plans. They are realised in connection with the project activities.

Business to Business event organizing

Business to business events offer a great opportunity for Archaeological Open Air Museums to generate more revenue for their site. Not only from the direct financial benefits, but also by allowing more visitors to experience the site in different ways.

Story of the Site - Hunebedcentrum

The AOAM partners in OpenArch have provided a large amount of examples of their Story of the Site. The PDF files attached to this report reflect the rich background of their presentations, as well as the solid scientific basis on which they are built.

Story of the Site - Foteviken

The AOAM partners in OpenArch have provided a large amount of examples of their Story of the Site. The PDF files attached to this report reflect the rich background of their presentations, as well as the solid scientific basis on which they are built.

Story of the Site - Calafell

The AOAM partners in OpenArch have provided a large amount of examples of their Story of the Site. The PDF files attached to this report reflect the rich background of their presentations, as well as the solid scientific basis on which they are built.

Story of the Site - AÖZA

The AOAM partners in OpenArch have provided a large amount of examples of their Story of the Site. The PDF files attached to this report reflect the rich background of their presentations, as well as the solid scientific basis on which they are built.

Story of the Site - Montale

The AOAM partners in OpenArch have provided a large amount of examples of their Story of the Site. The PDF files attached to this report reflect the rich background of their presentations, as well as the solid scientific basis on which they are built.

Story of the Site - Kierikki

The AOAM partners in OpenArch have provided a large amount of examples of their Story of the Site. The PDF files attached to this report reflect the rich background of their presentations, as well as the solid scientific basis on which they are built.

Story of the Site - Archeon

The AOAM partners in OpenArch have provided a large amount of examples of their Story of the Site. The PDF files attached to this report reflect the rich background of their presentations, as well as the solid scientific basis on which they are built.

Story of the Site - Viminacium

The AOAM partners in OpenArch have provided a large amount of examples of their Story of the Site. The PDF files attached to this report reflect the rich background of their presentations, as well as the solid scientific basis on which they are built.

Story of the Site - St. Fagans

The AOAM partners in OpenArch have provided a large amount of examples of their Story of the Site. The PDF files attached to this report reflect the rich background of their presentations, as well as the solid scientific basis on which they are built.

Discussions on the Dialogue with the Visitor, Booklets and DVD

Linda Hurcombe visited Leiden for a series of meetings relating mostly to work package 3. The meetings fell in between visits to Calafell for the esparto workshop and the Hunebedcentrum for the Dialogue with Science roadshow but allowed for some favce to face meetings with colleagues in the Netherlands to be combined with skype and phone conversations with others.

Innovation, creativity and collaboration with local business in la Ciutadella Ibèrica de Calafell

During the implementation of OpenArch there have been some development as per innovation and creativity aspects, especially related with the dialogue with the visitor.

Parco della Terramara di Montale: a place for intercultural dialogue

Parco della Terramara di Montale: a place for intercultural dialogue
Within the five years project OpenArch the Archaeological Park of Terramara Montale increased its dialogue with special kind of audience: migrants.

Universal accessibility at the Terramara park of Montale

Since its opening in 2004 the Archaeological Terramara Park of Montale developed universal accessibility as one of the fundamental requirement for a museum. In the last five years, also thanks to the comparison and the sharing with the partners museums and institutions of OpenArch, we increased our tools...

Seminar on the Dialogue with the Visitor

As part of the work in WP3, Archeon organized a seminar on the Dialogue with the Visitor. This seminar coincided with two events for the public:

Rebuilding a Mesolithic hut

As part of the activities within WP3 and WP5, Archeon staff decided that one of the Mesolithic huts was in need of replacement.

Film: Interaction with Visitors in Archaeological Open-Air Museums

The OpenArch Project is with the support of the Culture Program of the Europen Union. As part of the OpenArch project, Archeon (NL) and Viminacium (RS) were partners in production of a short instructional film on the Dialogue with Visitors.

Iberian Land Festival 2015: Annibal ad Portas

Terra Ibèrica (Iberian Land) is the biggest event of the year happening at La Ciutadella Ibèrica of Calafell and its main objective is to disseminate the world of the Iberians to a wide range of publics.

Audiotour

As part of efforts to expand the Dialogue with the Visitor, Archeon has decided to develop an audio tour. While many museums already include such tours as part of their visitor experience, the rise of digital media has created a new market for online apps that provide a similar function.

Skyping your ancestors

As part of ongoing initiatives to increase the participation of visitors during, but also before and after their visits, Archeon introduced the concept of "Skyping your ancestors".

Fostering creativity and innovation - Limes projects

One series of projects that fosters creativity and innovation in both the recreation and museum fields, are based on a common theme. In the case of Archeon in 2015, this theme is the Roman Limes.

Guidebook for Live Interpretation in AOAM

As part of the WP3 activities, Archeon decided to publish a guide on the use of Live Interpretation in Archaeological Open-Air Museums. This booklet should become an industry standard for museums considering using Live Interpretation, or museums who are already using actors to interpret the past for their visitors.

Seminar on Heritage Management and the visitor experience

After several successful cooperations with Leiden University, including a seminar on heritage management and visitor experience in March, another seminar was organized on october 7th, 2014.

The role of women in the Iberian Iron Age society and other contemporary European parallels

Every first weekend of October takes place the Iberian Weekend, an event happening in the sixteen Iberian archaeological sites that participate in The Iberian Route, a cultural tourism project coordinated by the Museum of Archaeology of Catalonia...

Five short films about processing reindeer carcasses

In Dec. 2014 we shot five short films (about five minutes each) on how reindeer carcasses were processed with Neolithic tools for the skin, bones, antlers etc.

European dimensions of the Dialogue with the Visitor

To elaborate on the European dimension of the Dialogue with the Visitor as presented through the live

The Second International Symposium: The Impact of Dialogue with Visitors on AOAM Management

Within the OpenArch project of the European Union Culture Programme, the Archaeological park Viminacium and the Archaeological Institute Belgrade organized the 8th regular meeting of all of the OpenArch partners and the Second international symposium entitled "The Impact of Dialogue wi

Terra Ibèrica (Iberian Land) 2014

Over 1000 people visited the Iberian Citadel of Calafell during the celebration of this AOAM main event of the year, the "Terra Ibèrica" Festival, an event which aims since 2011 in a festival format to spread the knowledge about the Iron Age ethnic group of the area, the Iberians.

"The Albersdorf-Day" in 2014 - A model for interaction with municipalities and societies

The "Albersdorf-Day" had taken place for the first time in summer 2014, in close cooperation between the municipality of Albersdorf, the diverse societies and associations in the Albersdorf-region and the Archaeological-Ecological Centre Albersdorf (AÖZA).

From the amphora to the cup: a route on the history of wine in Calafell through the centuries

Hispaniarum Laeetana copia nobilitantur,
elegantia vero Tarraconensia atque Lauronensia
et Balearica ex insulis conferuntur Italiae primi

Pliny the Elder, Natural History, Book XIV

Seminar on Heritage Management and Visitor Experience

Through contacts developed at the OpenArch conference organized at Archeon in april 2013, two staff members of Archeon were invited to speak on AOAM and OpenArch in particular at Leiden University.

Social inclusion: case study on volunteering at the St Fagans roundhouses

As part of our work to build new Iron Age roundhouses at St Fagans National History Museum, we undertook a project to broaden the range of volunteers who came to work at our museum. Traditionally, our volunteer base is: white, female, 18-24-year-old students or 55+ retirees.

Crafting the Story of the Site

As part of the Dialogue with the Visitor, Archeon is working on creating tools that all partners can use to achieve two things:
A) Craft the Story of their Site;
B) Improve the Visitor Experience.

Inclusive Seminars and Activities in the Stone Age Park

In the frame of the OpenArch-Project the Archaeological-Ecological Centre Albersdorf could organize three social inclusive seminars and voluntary work projects with handicapped people, with their teachers / responsibles, both with children and teenagers.

Charcoal burning project

As part of a long-running project on the development of ancient crafts, Archeon was approached to work with several international partners to disseminate the

Casting of a Bronze Bell

During the weekend of 21-22 december 2013, a bell was cast for the monastery in Archeon.

Social inclusion in Archaeological Open Air Museums

As part of the Dialogue with the Visitor, Archeon has made an effort to show how important social inclusion is for AOAM. In this article two case studies shall be presented, both related to accessibility.

The whisper of stones: dissemination of Iberian culture in Iberian Summer Festival

The big event for the public of the year in La Ciutadella took place from July 30 to August 10. The Festival aims to be an event to disseminate the Iberian culture to all audiences from children to adults.

Iberian Land Festival 2013

Terra Ibèrica (Iberian Land) is a summer festival which stemmed from the "Iberian Nights" events in the first decade of the century and was created with the aim to disseminate the Iberian world .

AOAM and surrounding communities. How we involved them at the Terramara Park

The Archaeological Park and Open Air Museum of Terramare is realised in the centre of Montale, a town of 3.800 inhabitants, 11 km from the city of Modena, under the Municipality of Castelnuovo Rangone.

Seminar on Visitor Experience, routing and interactive storytelling

During the OpenArch conference in Archeon, a seminar on visitor experience and interactive storytelling was held, during which the participants were challenged to create their own story, think about visitor routing, find new stories to tell and generally discuss how the visitor experie

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

The OpenArch project started in 2011 with 11 partners and 5 work packages Archeon the Netherlands and Viminacium from Belgrade, Serbia are partners in WP3. The fifth OpenArch conference in Archeon, from 22-26 of April, was a success, the targets were achieved...

Making a Stone Age short film "Sunstone"

The film was designed and implemented Kierikki Stone Age Centre staff, in conjunction with the film company. The film was funded through the project. The film tells a one-year course of the Stone Age. Ploy is a child's growth story and also the Stone Age village of survival in difficult conditions...

Prehistoric Fish Trap Reconstruction

In Archeon, Alphen aan den Rijn a base settlement has been reconstructed, from the Mesolithic period of the hunter/fishermen and gatherers.

Inclusion of local businesses and institutions

As part of the activities within WP3, Dialogue with the Visitor, AOAM often work closely with local businesses, institutions and organisations.

"Archaeological Heritage – its Role in Education, Presentation and Popularization of Science"

Within the OpenArch project of the European Union Culture Programme, the Archaeological park Viminacium and the Archaeological Institute Belgrade organized an international symposium entitled "Archaeological Heritage – its Role in Education, Presentation and Popularization of Science".

OpenArch Conference 2012 at Foteviken (SE)

In September 2012 IMTAL-Europe and the European Union-funded project, OpenArch joined forces to a unique conference event in southern Sweden at Fotevikens Museum. The Conference coincided with a larger project meeting on the management of archaeological open-air museums, involving EXARC and the EU-funded project OpenArch.

III Iberian Festival "Terra Ibèrica"

The third edition of the "Terra Ibèrica" (Iberian Land), a summer festival created for the dissemination of the Iberian world, had a big successs with over 800 visitors who came to La Ciutadella Ibèrica and the Celler de Cal Bolavà to attend the conferences and participate in many acti

Viminacium (Serbia) meets Archeon (the Netherlands)

After meeting each other for the first time at the OpenArch meeting in Modena (IT), April 2012, Viminacium and Archeon representatives met in the Netherlands to get a better understanding of their work together in OpenArch.

More Stone Age: Outdoor area of the Stone Age Park expanded

The Land (Country) Schleswig-Holstein (within a program called Economic Future), the Stimulation Fund of the Metropolitan Region Hamburg and the municipality Albersdorf joined in a project to expand the outdoor area of the

Visitors survey

The Work Package "The Dialogue with the Visitors" focuses on the presentation of

Lectures on archaeological, historical and social subjects

Since 2011, Archeon has worked closely with the Roman Museum Foundation, the Volunteer group VVvA and the Archaeological Work group for the Netherlands, in order to organise a series of lectures on site.

Dialogue with Visitors on site

Ever since it was oficially opened as an AOAM, Viminacium had organized site visits. Our main goal was to attract visitors by telling them that they would be guided by archaeologists who actually excavate the site.

Meeting prospective new partner with MT, Belgrade January 2012

Our search for a partner for OpenArch who could help developing the dialogue with the visitor with Archeon (NL), we ended up in Serbia.

Partner meeting, Copenhagen June 2011

Following the development of the Work Package “dialogue with visitors” it was decided that it was easier to meet in person. The most convenient place was Copenhagen, near the airport, with one partner travelling from Kalmar, Sweden, the other from Alphen, the Netherlands.