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EMA is a partner in a number of international projects, most of them EU-funded.
Social Platform for Holistic Heritage Impact Assessment – Programme: EU Horizon 2020
Applicant and project leader: Università Degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy.
The overall objective of the project is to promote collective reflection within the cultural and political sector in Europe on the impact and quality of interventions in European historical environment and cultural heritage sites at urban level in order to promote a holistic impact assessment model, indicators and standards.
The project intends to make a decisive contribution to this endeavour, laying the basis for an articulated vision shared by all the stakeholders in the sector and to help define the most important challenges and opportunities in this field.
This capacity-building is achieved by providing museums with a framework for self-evaluation and quality development, leading to new ways of management, increased efficiency and strategic thinking, and ultimately increased impact in society. Different museum evaluation frameworks in varying formats, from accreditation schemes to different evaluation and assessment tools, already exist in several European countries.
The project will result in a number of concrete outputs: the framework, published in seven languages, its accompanying guidance and promotional material, the open stakeholder and dissemination events, and a mobility element.
The framework will provide a holistic and innovative model for finding the best way of managing a museum, and provides a European framework for quality evaluation in museum organisations. Its impact will be seen in the increased capacities and skills of museums and museum professionals to focus on the manifold dimensions of museum’s impact, the increased capacity of museum organisations to work in a strategic, efficient, comparable, scalable and streamlined manner, and in a strengthened network of museum development professionals, institutions and networks in Europe.
Applicant and project leader: X23 Srl, Italy.
The project aims to create an innovative, sustainable, experiential, inclusive and transnational cultural tourism product combining different, but common UNESCO cultural WH sites in Europe by a thematic narrative logic. The resulting tourism packages will be fully focused on UNESCO built heritage and in particular on churches, monasteries and cathedrals, thus according to a “spiritual” narrative logic (“The Soul of Europe”) and addressed to – but not limited to – people with visual impairments, so including all kind of audiences.
The EU UNESCO4ALL TOUR is an innovative, sustainable, experiential, inclusive and transnational cultural tourism product combining together different but common UNESCO cultural WH sites in Europe by a thematic narrative logic. The resulting tourism packages will be fully focused on UNESCO built heritage and in particular on churches, monasteries and cathedrals, thus according to a “spiritual” narrative logic (“The Soul of Europe”) and addressed to – but not limited to – people with visual impairments, so including all kinds of audiences.
LEM, The Learning Museum, is a Europe-wide network which aims to establish a permanent space for museums and adult educators to act in a learning society and in a knowledge based Europe.
To keep up with change, however, museums are not only expected to be learning places, but learning organisations themselves: learning from the communities, from the public, from their stakeholders, and also from other agencies, with whom they have to build alliances to accomplish the ambitious objectives set by policies at national and European level and meet the challenges of the future decades.
LEM aims to create a permanent network of museums and cultural heritage organisations, to insure that they can play an active role with regard to lifelong learning and to raise awareness among decision makers at national and European level.
It will do so through this dedicated and dynamic website, international conferences and meetings, the publication and dissemination of thematic reports, the piloting of a mobility scheme for museum educators within the partner countries to support peer learning and the exchange of knowledge at European level.
Through its partners and associates, LEM expects to reach the whole museum and heritage community and a large part of the adult education sector.