The European Commission selected the NEARCH and SWICH projects, with 15 other European projects, to represent the “good practices” related to the management and valorisation of cultural heritage, during the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
The NEARCH project (2013-2018, funded by the “Culture” 2007-2013 programme) is bringing archaeology into the 21st century through achieving a better understanding of people’s relationship with heritage and the past. The project’s aim is to study the various dimensions of public participation in archaeology today and to propose new ways of working and cooperating in a profession strongly concerned by the current economic crisis.
Ethnographic museums today must not only re-examine Europe’s colonial past, but also adapt to current notions of citizenship and belonging. To address this, the SWICH project (2014-2018, funded by the “Creative Europe” programme) has brought together institutions, researchers and the public to reimagine the stories that ethnographic museums should tell, as well as to directly involve citizens whose own stories are often inextricably linked with this past.
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