Helen Watkins

Glasgow Life I work at Glasgow Museums where I am the Research Manager for history, working with the…

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I work at Glasgow Museums where I am the Research Manager for history, working with the team of curators covering history, archaeology and World Cultures and also with external researchers and students using our collections. I was initially drawn to this trip by the material culture and the opportunity to visit museums and archaeological sites, curious about the interpretive methods used and how Bulgarian museums work with their collections. Interestingly, though, I think what I took away with me was a far greater fascination with Bulgaria’s intangible heritage, folk culture and the ways in which this is preserved and shared. I felt I learned as much from the events we went to and the guest houses we stayed at as from the formal heritage sites.

Sustainable Tourism in Bulgaria
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Sustainable Tourism in Bulgaria

  The 4am rendezvous at was tough but we bonded over coffee at horribly-early-o-clock in the departure lounge at Edinburgh airport, bleary-eyed but excited about our upcoming adventure. There were six of us, all involved in the Scottish heritage and culture sector. We were heading to Bulgaria, a country about which we each admitted we […]

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