How can we allow heritage to be explored and discussed by all? A welcoming lounge, an intimate atmosphere, steaming tea and coffee, about fifteen people ready to tell their memories and questions about archaeology, a good dose of curiosity, two archaeologists, an anthropologist, these are the ingredients needed for an archaeological lounge. Once a month, we bring archaeology out of the traditional institutions by inviting ordinary people to talk about it together, in the living room of an individual. We collect these testimonies from all over Switzerland in order to generate an analysis of these citizen reflections, delivered in a book for those responsible for heritage management. This practical manual will be published in the spring of 2021 by Librum Publishers & Editors.
The project is supported by the Swiss Society for Human and Social Sciences and by the Federal Office of Culture within the framework of the "Heritage for All" competition launched during the European Year of Heritage "Sharing Heritage". It was awarded the special academic prize 2018 "Science citoyenne" for a project led by a female academic awarded by the Société Académique du Valais. It is also the subject of a research project entitled "Participation in Cultural Heritage" conducted by the National Information Centre for Cultural Heritage (NIKE) and aimed at evaluating some fifteen participatory projects carried out in Switzerland.
- Participatory approach