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CHAPTER 5: SUMMING UP EMEE
THE EMEE PROJECT AND ITS OUTCOMES
CHAPTER 5: SUMMING UP EMEE
CHAPTER 4 CHAPTER 3 CHAPTER 2 CHAPTER 1
The primary goal of the EMEE project was to develop an innovative con- cept for museums, which was achieved with the concept of Change of Perspective (COP; i.e. the re-interpretation of museum objects, the rela- tion between museum experts and visitors, the international exchange, cf. pp. 19-24) and put to the test using ‘laboratories’ (i.e. the EuroVision Lab.s).
The concept strives to emphasize the European dimension in ex- isting collections of national, regional, and even local history museums in a way that links local, regional, and national perspectives on cultural heritage to European perspectives. In this way, visitors are encouraged – just like in a ‘school of perception’ – to discover European dimensions within the local heritage and vice versa, so that they realize that these are not two separate entities, but rather closely connected, coexisting and parallel points of view.
The COP concept, however, is not con ned to the re-interpreta- tion of the cultural heritage in museums (COP 1). Given that multi-per- spective and transregional expansions of perspectives on the cultural heritage on-site can only be effective if society as a whole is involved, the project employs activating and participatory approaches that aim to attract new visitor groups that have previously not been showing an in- terest in museums. On the whole, this makes it possible for museums to take into consideration and include the multitude of citizens’ inter- ests in cultural heritage in a multicultural society (COP 2). Lastly, the international exchange of museum experts is equally important in this context, considering that this kind of exchange explores the European
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