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‘OBJECT NARRATION’ – THE OBJECT AS A ‘WITNESS’
Finally, it is worthwhile to examine whether there are objects which not per se, but by means of connected events and the narration of this events ‘testify’ to transregional, European or cross-cultural connections. As example the moped shall be named here3 which was given to Ar- mando Rodrigues from Portugal – the one millionth guest worker in Ger- many – as a welcome present on 10 September 1964 at the train station in Cologne-Deutz. There are many mopeds like this but there is only one that has ‘witnessed’ the event and was part of it. If an object such as this one is in the possession of the museum, then its – in this case transregional and cross-cultural – meaning entirely lies in the ‘narration’ connected to it.
The approaches named above pose heuristic tools to examine and analyse the object inventory. They serve to make the transregional, Eu- ropean and cross-cultural dimension of objects and object groups of the cultural heritage on site accessible.
‘The EMEE project shows how European ties are deeply rooted in time and are present in a large spectrum of objects, kept in museums. In doing so, this project contributed enormously for the promotion of new regards on our European common heritage and opened new and ex- tremely fruitful avenues for future planning in museums.’
Luís Raposo, President of ICOM Europe
2 ICOM Europe (ed) (2010), Re ecting Europe in its Museum Objects, Berlin: ICOM Europe.
3 Didczuneit, V. and Sowade, H. (2004),
Zündapp Sport Combinette. Geschenk für den millionsten Gastarbeiter, edited by the Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.
Cf. Fuhrmann, A.-L., Schumann, J., Popp, S., Schilling, S. and Mayer-Simmet, O. (2016), Making Europe Visible. Re- interpretation of Museum Objects and Topics. A Manual (EMEE Toolkit series, vol. 1), 124-126, Vienna: edition mono/ monochrom, available online: http:// www.museums-exhibiting-europe.de/ download/8248/, Accessed 11 August 2016.
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