Session: #244

Theme & Session Format

3. The new normality of heritage management and museums in post-Covid times
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

The Sea and the City: Unravelling Stories from the Seafaring World from the 9th to the 18th Century
We seek ways and good practices on how to unravel hidden stories of an early European seafaring world, and how to make these stories available to various audiences. A world inhabited by people who exchanged goods and ideas, who explored their world and made friendly alliances across borders, but who also fought and conspired against each other. The ships, the emerging coastal towns and ports were instrumental in this cultural exchange
Today, these hidden stories only come to light for a brief amount of time in archaeological excavations and historical research. They are being studied by scholars, filed, documented, and subsequently reburied in archives, where they remain available for a selected few. There are ways to change this, to open our archives and bring the stories out to various audiences, by drawing from experiences in these post-covid times, with a multitude of digital and analogue outreach examples. By digital technology, creative artists, participatory research and activities, the stories generated by archaeological and historical research are livened and made available to Europeans of today, highlighting our common European heritage of trade, unions, transnational migration, and connections.
The goal of this session is to strengthen interaction between the academic, cultural heritage, museums, and creative sectors by using archaeology as a source of inspiration for contemporary creation and innovation. The scope of such interaction is transnational and inclusive, making shared narratives of sea trade and contact between Europe’s member states and further, available to various audiences, engaging all sorts of people in experiencing, enjoying, and valuing arts and culture. We therefore invite papers that are set between the 9th and 18th century, follow the emergence of coastal towns, ports, networks and interactions of people and goods at sea, and that specifically aim to bridge the divide between archaeological research and public outreach.
Maritime archaeology, Ports and harbours, Digital technology, Interaction, Storytelling
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Main organiser:
Christina Toreld (Sweden) 1
Marianne Johansson (Norway) 2
Maxime Poulain (Belgium) 3
1. Bohusläns Museum
2. Viken fylkeskommune
3. Ghent University