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Description of liveARCH Partners
The liveARCH group consists of 8 archaeological open air museums in 8 different countries in Europe. We could not involve more museums as this was the set maximum to applications under Culture 2000.
The 8 members are:
Historisch OpenluchtMuseum Eindhoven (NL)
project leader
Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen (DE)
Latvijas Nacianālais Vēstures Muzejs -
Āraišu arheoloģiskais muzejparks
(LV)
Parco Archeologico e Museo all’aperto della
Terramara di Montale
(IT)
The Scottish Crannog Centre (SC)
Lofotr Viking Museum (NO)
Matrica Múzeum és Régészeti Park (HU)
Fotevikens Museum (SE)
Not only do we combine in these museums presentations to different eras – from Stone Age through the Viking Age up to the late Middle Ages – different approaches are made as well, from living history through theatre to scientific demonstration. One museum is oriented on informal education, the other caters for day visitors, both adults and children. Where one museum has a park with several hectares, the other one ‘only’ has one houses constructed above the surface of a lake – and they are all worth visiting. Eight different European countries also means 8 different cultures, different approaches to visitors, to science and ... to each other. We are together to learn from each other and jointly inform ourselves about the latest developments in our fields. We know of science, but as well of tourism, heritage and education.
Besides of the 8 partner museums, we expect more museums to join as affiliate, notably the members of EXARC, the leading European network of archaeological open air museums. We estimate there are about 300 archaeological open air museums across Europe with over 6 million visitors per year. So enough museums to call colleagues and many visitors who learn here more about the daily life of their ancestors.