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Living Memory: Taking Cultural Conservation Outdoors

Living Memory: Taking Cultural Conservation Outdoors

While museums and archives have an undoubtable role to play in preserving and educating us about the past, they have one distinct flaw: they’re static. Cataloging items and exhibiting them to the public is necessary, but not sufficient to create the sense of engagement that really binds us to our history. Just like watching a documentary isn’t the same as experiencing nature, certain traditions can only be perpetuated by actually practicing them. Building a Finnish Log Cabin from Scratch For…

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The Social Web and European Museums

The Social Web and European Museums

Memory institutions such as libraries and museums have been struggling for relevance in recent years, and that has a lot to do with the rise of the information age. This is true both in Europe and pretty much the entire world. The larger institutions such as the British Museum or the Louvre in Paris aren’t the only institutions that have had to change with the times – smaller institutions like The Museum of Technology in Spalding, England have embraced social…

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Are Memory Institutions Still Relevant in the Digital Age?

Are Memory Institutions Still Relevant in the Digital Age?

One of the most difficult questions that libraries and museums have to answer in today’s digital world is how can they remain relevant to a culture that expects instant gratification. There will always be historical enthusiasts and scholarly individuals that continue to support these institutions by visiting them in person and taking advantage of the knowledge stored in their vast collections, but those numbers are dwindling every year. If Europe’s finest memory institutions are going to survive in the modern…

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