Ecomuseum Networks: a key strategy

ecomuseum networks

A key strategy for the structuring and organization of ecomuseums has been to create and then operate within networks. Networking is essential and very beneficial for ecomuseums. By the early 2000s, the ecomuseum model had been adopted by a sizable number of communities. This was especially the case in France, Italy, and Spain. Cooperation, collaboration, and liaison partnerships are all key functions of the ecomuseum philosophy. From this, it was quite logical and seamless to begin forming networks of ecomuseums and other similar organizations like heritage institutions.

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Vjosa / Aoos Ecomuseum in Greece and Albania


The Vjosa / Aoos River is the source of inspiration for the Vjosa / Aoos Ecomuseum, located in Greece and Albania. The River is sourced from the Northern Pindos mountains in Greece. The river runs through Greece and Albania and eventually ends into the Adriatic Sea. The river has been integral in shaping the lives of the populations around its basin for centuries. The river forms a transboundary area and that is where the ecomuseum situates itself. 

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Ceumannan – Staffin Ecomuseum in Scotland


The Ceumannan – Staffin Ecomuseum is located in the district of Staffin in the Highlands of Scotland on the Isle of Skye, which is the region’s northernmost island. The Trotternish is the northernmost peninsula of the Isle Skye. Staffin is a district on the northeast coast of the Trotternish Peninsula. An Taobh Sear is the Gaelic name for Staffin. The district includes 23 townships. The district retains a strong Gaelic identity with the language still being widely spoken and used. Cuemannan is the Gaelic word for footsteps which is significant for this area as there have been multiple findings of Dinosaur footprints and tracks.

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Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum

Flodden 1513

A particularly interesting ecomuseum is the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum. It is predominantly located along the northeastern border between Scotland and England. This ecomuseum uses the Battle of Flodden on the 9th of September 1513, as its point of departure. During the Battle of Flodden many Scottish and English soldiers and noblemen died, as well as the Scottish King James IV. The ecomuseum is composed of 41 physical sites and the intangible traditions and heritage associated to and stemming from the battle. The physical sites include the battlefield, churches, walls, towers, statues, and grave markings and sites. Reenactments, bag piping tunes, and border ride outs are examples of the intangible traditions and heritage.

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The connection between ecomuseum and capitals


Previous research and work on ecomuseums have indicated potential in applying the theory of various forms of socio-cultural capitals when analyzing ecomuseum practices. The notion of capital used herein is derived in large part from Pierre Bourdieu’s work from the 1970s onward that focused on an extended notion of capital referring to the inherent structure of the social world. From this broadened sense, various forms of capital have been identified such as human, social, cultural, and identity. The different forms of capital interrelate in a ripple effect.

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