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2 July 2021

After 4 months, the works of the second edition of the International School of Cultural Heritage have come to an end. The programme is articulated as a permanent workshop dedicated to bringing together Italian and foreign professionals in the field of cultural heritage, focusing for this edition on the theme Archaeological Parks and Museums: management approaches and community involvement.

From protection, conservation and research, to economic and financial management tools, good practices to ensure inclusion and accessibility, and the relationship with the territory, the environment and the landscape, many are the topics that have been addressed during the 2021 edition. Exclusively online, the programme was structured around 12 seminar lectures, followed by an equal number of working tables, to deepen, in a context of informal and direct exchange, the discussion of experiences shared by speakers and participants.

The programme was designed in accordance with the thematic proposals put forward by the foreign cultural institutions involved in the final event of the first residential edition of the International School of Cultural Heritage. Indeed, the feedbacks received by the participants of this edition confirm the interest of foreign colleagues in the topics of accessibility practices and policies, strategies for the inclusion of local communities, and use of digital technologies both for scientific purposes and for the enhancement of the archaeological heritage.

In addition to the appreciation for the double format, both seminar and workshop of the programme, the experimentation of a fully virtual version of the programme was collected a positive feedback from the 32 professionals involved, coming from Southern Mediterranean and Middle East countries, with the addition of 2 colleagues from the associated countries of Latin America: particularly appreciated was indeed the possibility of sharing and using contents and materials on demand offered by the e-learning platform of the Foundation was appreciated.

The series of meetings brought together the invited professionals with the 19 Italian speakers – including directors and officials of institutions and bodies – to discuss the replicability of the Italian case studies in their different contexts. Professionals from 5 archaeological museums, 5 archaeological parks as well as the National Research Council and the Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage came together with their foreign colleagues, thus laying the foundations for future collaborations or twinning projects between the institutions involved.

With this experience, the Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali confirms its position on the national and international scene as a centre of competence in the field of cultural heritage management, a driver of development and new opportunities, of exchange and networking.