An Iceland Turf Tribute to Pink Floyd
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An Iceland Turf Tribute to Pink Floyd

Brian Wilson: Traditional Craft Maestro ANOTHER TURF in THE WALL    (by Pink FJORD)   We don’t need no new construction, We don’t need cement at all. No concrete mortars in our buildings, We don’t need no bricks at all.   Hey! Helgi! Leave them spades alone! All in all it’s just, another Turf in the […]

Netherlands: Heritage/Archaeology Tourism & Traditional Skills at ARCHAEON
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Netherlands: Heritage/Archaeology Tourism & Traditional Skills at ARCHAEON

New Dates: 14-21st October 2022 (dates may change by a day or 2 in either direction to accommodate flights) APPLY NOW: email Libby Urquhart (libby@archnetwork.org) and Seona Anderson (seona@archnetwork.org) Summary: this first NET course based at ARCHAEON, living archaeology park in the Netherlands, will focus on archaeological interpretation and tourism as well as practical skills training […]

Sustainable Development of Cultural & Natural Assets in 2 Cypriot Mountain Villages
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Sustainable Development of Cultural & Natural Assets in 2 Cypriot Mountain Villages

Looking to the communities of the past can directly inspire the answers to these questions. Maybe people could connect to their heritage to feel a sense of place, a sense of identity and ‘rootedness’, in a way that is relevant to their lives. Maybe wider communities can be created in museums by ensuring that people from disenfranchised backgrounds find a ‘home’ and share learning possibilities in the museum environment. Maybe it is extending beyond the academic/intellectual framework that informs traditional museum culture, to also engage with, in a sustainable way, skilled craftspeople, artists, storytellers and musicians to form creative spaces, who intersect with, and are informed by, the collections held in the museum. Maybe by having such an inclusive environment, we can directly mirror the coherent, collectively organised communities of the past.

Estonia: Island Life +
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Estonia: Island Life +

The Erasmus+ course in Estonia in July/August 2018 was great, packed to the brim with inspiring learning. I intended to make a scrapbook as a report but did not have enough time. I have made a sort of presentation/digital scrapbook hybrid (not very creative!) which I hope still retains the visual sense I intended, if […]

Traditional Turf Building in Iceland 2016
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Traditional Turf Building in Iceland 2016

Ultimately I think one of the biggest things I have taken from this trip is the chance to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the heritage sector with like minded individuals. It amazed me how many similarities there were between Scotland and Iceland. Since learning more about traditional building methods I am keen to look into ways to incorporate these crafts into the education programme and our new outdoor learning workshops. I think there is an opportunity to engage all age groups with traditional skills. It may not be quite as elaborate of a turf house in a beautiful farm in northern Iceland but I think it is worth a try!

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