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their own opinion on the interweaving of regional, national and European levels of meaning, and encour- ages them to not simply accept the interpretive pat- terns provided by the museum experts, but rather to proactively explore their own views and ideas and con- tribute them to the exhibition.
With regard to the COP 1, it turned out over the course of the project that the EMEE Toolkit 1, which revolves around the re-interpretation of existing mu- seum collections from a transregional/European per- spective, was able to provide important input for prac- tical contexts. Moreover, museum experts deemed it a valuable tool that opened up new ways of perceiv- ing and approaching a given object or object group. As team members noticed, especially city and regional museums succeeded in applying this approach inno- vatively when reinterpreting their existing collections in a transregional and European way. At the same time, it became evident while working on the Exem- plary COP-units and organizing the numerous work- shops for museum experts that the re-interpretation of existing museum collections requires a lot of re- search when using these new approaches. Often, the existing body of research and/or the existing object descriptions fail to provide the information required
for developing said transregional/European perspec- tives on the cultural artifacts in question. Instead, they must be developed from scratch in certain cas- es, which requires time-consuming research effort. Thus, another recommendation for policy-makers and stakeholders is that, in order to strengthen the Euro- pean dimension in the perception, interpretation and presentation of the local, regional and cultural herit- age on-site, it is essential for policy-makers to strive to support, endorse and fund further research on Eu- ropean and transregional topics in the  eld of material culture. After all, museum curators are – in most cas- es – already struggling to juggle their responsibilities and thus are unable to step up and put in the required additional research effort.
Furthermore, employing the COP 1 showed that the multi-dimensional re-interpretation of muse- um objects is, at times, hampered in some countries or institutions by persistent preferences for a certain form of interpretation. This occurs on a regional as well as on a national level. Thus, giving up treasured forms of interpretation for the sake of a more  exible and open-minded perspective on objects that allows for highlighting several aspects simultaneously and asks for new angles can be seen as one of the big-
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