Short History in Pictures and Dates
March 2004 members of EXARC joined at the Barcelona Universities for their 7th meeting
May 2004 brainstorming in Foteviken (SE)
November 2004 8th conference of EXARC in Biskupin (PL)
September 2005 INTERREG 4 became Culture 2000
12 July 2006 a fax from Brussels...
1 November 2006 the Grant Agreement is signed
January 2007 a kick off meeting took place
in Eindhoven (NL)
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In March 2004, members of EXARC joined at the Barcelona Universities for their 7th meeting. The members present decided it was time to move EXARC to a higher plan and speed up its development. A workgroup was formed which planned to meet two months later in Sweden (May 2004). This workgroup included Geir Sør Reime (N0) as principal advisor and members from Foteviken (SE), Lejre (DK) and HOME (NL).
At the following conference of EXARC, in November 2004 in Biskupin, Poland, the contours of liveARCH as an INTERREG project were presented. All EXARC members present as well as some absentees agreed with the chosen path. This project is intended to speed up the way of reaching towards EXARCs goals. If we want to be serious, we need to be professional and if we want to be professional, we need to invest time and money. This could partly be funded by the EU. Already in 2004, the ideas included workshops, staff exchanges and the development of quality.
In September 2005, it became clear, the best option to apply for EU funding for the liveARCH idea was not to wait for INTERREG 4, but to join the Culture Program with a three year project. One of the limits of Culture 2000 was the number of participants: maximum 8. After 2 weeks, our liveARCH project counted 8 candidates. We hope to be able to have more EXARC members join the project and its activities as affiliate partners. By the 28th of October 2005, an application of almost five kilogram was sent off to Brussels.
In the evening of 12th of July 2006, we received a fax from Brussels with the following content:
“The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency has concluded the examination of proposals submitted under the above Call for Proposals. On the basis of recommendations of independent experts from countries participating in the Culture 2000 programme, in agreement with the management committee of the programme and following the exercise of the right of scrutiny by the European Parliament, a list of projects, which have been proposed to receive an EU grant, has been established.
We have the pleasure to inform you that your project is amongst those proposed to receive EU financial support. The precise amount of the grant will be communicated to you in due course, when the financial and administrative procedures are successfully completed. It must be understood that there is not, at this stage, any legal commitment on the part of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. (...)”
By the 1st of November 2006, after 3 months of negotiating, the lead partner of liveARCH, the Historisch Openluchtmuseum Eindhoven, signed the Grant Agreement with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. The three year project has a value of 1.4 Million Euro. The project bureau, which resides in Eindhoven, has visited Brussels  and got many questions answered.
By January 2007, a kick off meeting was organised in Eindhoven (NL) to start building a team out of 8 different museums from all corners of Europe. The people present measured their ambitions to one another and made appointments about all different themes which play a role when running an archaeological open air museum in general, and a joint project in particular.  The meeting counted 30 participants from 11 countries and was opened by Mrs. Mittendorf, alderwoman for culture in the municipality of Eindhoven. Key note speaker was Mr. W. van der Weiden, Chairman of the European Museum Forum.
From that moment on, liveARCH really kicked off.
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