‘It is night-time. All the visitors and guards have left the museum. The restaurant and gift shop are closed. The museum sleeps…or maybe not?!!!’ NOT SO! Exhibits come to life and a trail of encounters and events lead to a hunter’s paradise garden and a film screening.
This film was created by a group of eleven children, aged 7 to 10 years old, during a five-day workshop organised by the Education Department of the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece. While experiencing the procedure of creating an animation film, the children familiarised themselves with the museum’s collections representing three historical periods of the Greek culture. The scenario, drawings, stop-motion photography, narration and sounds were all the product of teamwork with every child playing a basic role in the procedure. The group created a fresh and entertaining short film, inspired by the museum and its collections.
The Benaki Museum in Athens, is one of the Museums featured at the SYNOPSIS project for its ability to employ Storytelling for Fundraising.
See the film
Oderzo Cultura Foundation is a non-profit organization that protects and promotes thecultural heritage of the Opitergino territory, in the Italian region of Veneto. With the exhibition “L’ANIMA DELLE COSE, RITI E CORREDI DALLA NECROPOLI ROMANA DI OPITERGIO” they use a storytelling methodology to explain six centuries of history. Through the voice of Phoebe, one of the inhabitants of the Roman Opitergium, the journey brings the visitors through unpublished finds, to discover the ancient city and its inhabitants: characters and lifestyles from the world of the dead that reveal themselves in the world of the living.
The exhibition will continue until February 2021. Find out more https://www.oderzocultura.it/lanima-delle-cose/
“Arte en Ruinas”, created by José Luis Díaz, was originally conceived by its author as an online blog to record the history and current situation of historic buildings in the region of Extremadura. The blog aims to vindicate the care and importance of the region’s material cultural heritage. José Luis kindly agreed to take part in SYNOPSIS as a Best Practice case study, so we hope you will feel inspired when visiting this site.
Currently, and thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign, the stories on this blog have been published in a book Arte en Ruinas. Guía del Patrimonio Olvidado de Extremadura, which can be purchased online. In addition, a virtual map of Extremadura has been created which locates all the historical buildings for those interested in going to discover them!
The SYNOPSIS project partners have been working on the development of storytelling and fundraising aspects among cultural heritage professionals. Case studies from different countries have been researched and now the project team are considering the curriculum necessary for training in these areas.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions in Europe, face-to-face meetings of the partners are not possible at the moment. As a result regular partner meetings are being organised.
A project area has been created on ResearchGate where results of the project will be shared. Visit ResearchGate to find out more
Understanding the role and relevance of storytelling and fundraising in the cultural heritage sector is the main aim of the SYNOPSIS project. In order to develop this the project team have been carrying out interviews with professionals working in the sector.
Under COVID restrictions this has not been easy to complete as closures have been widespread. So the partners have decided to gather information using online methods. Therefore, SYNOPSIS partners are carrying out a short survey of those working in the cultural heritage sector. So if you are involved in cultural heritage, we invite you to support the project activities by answering a very short survey on fundraising and storytelling in the sector.
Link to the survey