8th liveARCH conference: The Dialogue of Knowledge
liveARCH in Hungary October 7th - 10th, 2009 in Hungary, liveARCH had its final conference & workshop. Discussion was about problems and perspectives of archaeological open-air museums and experimental archaeology in Europe; the link with science. 80 people convened in a programme with both lectures and excursions. The first day was spent on evaluating the EU project – with tough words as well as compliments. The lectures on day 2 were partly about very scientific experiences, the other times about more practical experiments. Fishbone structure building in medieval churches prove to not just look well, but also have a distinct function. The National Archaeological Museum of Wales uses experimental archaeology in all its different meanings as binding method for their archaeological presentations. An Italian paper was about the methodology in archaeological open-air museums and perspectives for the future. An overview of 15 years of archaeological reconstruction in Austria was not just a summing up of projects, but as well a listing of things learned. Education in archaeological open-air museums as well as networks besides EXARC were also presented. The future of EXARC after liveARCH was discussed, just like a possible new EU project by the name OpenArch. So liveARCH ends but the cooperation continues...
   
Name Matrica Múzeum és Régészeti Park
Country Hungary
The Dialogue of Knowledge
Themes

Training workshop:
The Dialogue of Knowledge

Coordination:
Matrica Múzeum és Régészeti Park, Hungary
Description
A training workshop promoting the dialogue of knowledge in and around living history museums. This accounts for knowledge learnt by heart and knowledge gained by experience.

The objectives
Broadening our staffs competence in teaching history, updating them on current research. It is a challenge to the academic establishment to address issues which are relevant to living history presentations, to do more research with interest to the general public. The academics must be hired in.

Involvement of the co-organisers
The co-organisers will each participate actively and one will be organising this workshop.

Target group
There are two target groups: the academics on the one hand and our staff who communicates with the public about the past in living history museums.

Indicative timetable
The workshop will be held in October 2009 and will involve not just many presentations, many of which will take place in small groups to ensure the dialogue.

Expected results
▪   We hope that more academic results will be directed to the needs of living history museums. Besides that, we expect our staff to be better informed about the present day state of knowledge and will have broadened their horizon;
▪   The establishment of a competence network;
▪   The last result is a written report, edited by the Hungarian co-organiser and published accordingly.