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May 17, 2019

International Museum Day 2019 reads | “A New Model in an Old Village”

For International Museum Day 2019, we have selected for you a series of articles published in Museum International in connection with the theme “the future of tradition”.

Choi, M.S. 2017. ‘A New Model in an Old Village: The Challenges of Developing an Ecomuseum’, Museum International, Vol. 69, No. 273-274, pp. 68-79.

While mobilising indigenous communities, participation is considered one of the most challenging tasks in establishing an ecomuseum: the resulting sharing of power, resources, skills and knowledge often leads to unexpectedly rewarding outcomes, such as new interpretation opportunities and innovative landscape management planning. With the creation of a greater sense of collective ownership, more community-led initiatives are encouraged, thus forming an upward spiral. This article also suggests that interpretation and landscape management should be understood as a process of understanding, monitoring and conserving the interactions between community and its immediate environment, rather than as an end in themselves.

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