Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
This international summer school in museum studies in English is the first one in Eastern Europe. In this part of the world museum science had followed a specific path of development, in many aspects different from the one in Western European and North American Museums. Bulgaria, where the course will be based, made headlines in the world media with past and recent discoveries, thanks to the hundreds of the country’s museum archaeologists.
The Bulgarian museums hold 7 million of artifacts, but only few of them are globally known through high profile exhibitions in the Louvre, Metropolitan, and other famous institutions. The students will have the chance not only to see many of these artifacts in their home museums, but also to visit the sites of their discoveries and meet with the people who made possible showcasing the Millennial history of Europe in museums around the world.
The project aims to introduce students to basic principles, methodology and marketing of museums as cultural, research and educational institutions. The focus of this 14-days International Summer School are European archaeological and history museums, holding artifacts from Neolithic times (7th millennium B.C.E) to the Middle Ages (14th C. C.E).
The project includes extensive theoretical knowledge in all aspects of museum organization, management and communications. Intensive practical work (on site in museums and during field trips and excursions) will give a hands-on experience on museum collections, tracing the artifacts from field to exhibition. Special emphasis will be made on collaborative work between students, museum staff, archeologists, historians and lecturers.
The individual involvement through in depth research on crucial themes in museum studies and best practices will lead the students to final personalized course experience and preparation for further publications in this exiting field.
International Summer School Facts in a glance
Locations: Main location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Field trips locations: Assenovgrad, Hissarya.
Excursions: KAZANLUK AND THE VALLEY OF THE THRACIAN KINGS (featured in the 2015 “Saga of the Thracian Kings” exhibition in the Louvre museum); KARANOVO - the open-air museum of a Thracian Chariot, featured in the Archaeology Magazine. NESSEBAR - UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list town on the Black Sea Coast; STARA ZAGORA - the Neolithic Dwellings on site-prehistoric art exhibition, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Tentative List.
Travel: All travel services are provided by licensed and bonded tour operator or/and travel agency. See additional information in the International Summer School Travel Guide (http://rsfat.archbg.net/docs/VIZ_Museum_Studies_Travel_Guide_1.pdf).
Period(s) of Occupation: Neolithic, Chalcolitic, Bronze Age, Classical Greece, Roman Empire, Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium), Middle Ages
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: One session - 14 days
Room and Board Arrangements
14 overnights accommodation in 3 stars hotels based on double occupancy