Helsinki 2022
Helsinki Workshop: Future directions in audience engagement for heritage management organizations

This workshop focuses on the heritage management authorities, considering their recognition of the need to enhance engagement with metal-detectorists and other interested members of the public, in the context of the Faro convention in particular. This workshop answers questions including why outreach from heritage organizations and the academy is important (such as what are the goals of doing this?); how to work participation into heritage management operations, and where do common ground and disagreements about participation occur. For example, what if the community (in this case detectorists) have different values or don’t want to follow e.g. best practices? What if they are not homogeneous and have different perspectives?

The workshop will take place 4-5th April 2022 in Helsinki, Finland, coordinated by Dr Eljas Oksanen (University of Helsinki, Finland) and Prof Suzie Thomas (University of Antwerp, Belgium).

This event will take place at the Nordic Culture Point at Kaisaniemenkatu 9, 00171 Helsinki, Finland.

Registration will open in January 2022. It is possible to register to attend free of charge on either or both days. The event is also live streamed online.


All times are EET.

Monday 4th April 10.00-15.30

10:00    Coffee
10:15    Welcome
10:30    Pirjo Hamari (Finnish Heritage Agency)
              Metal-detecting, citizen science and the protection of archaeological heritage in Finland –
              In the crossroads of different practices

11:00    Agnes Stefánsdóttir (The Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland)
              Issues regarding metal detecting in Iceland. The heritage management point of view
11:30    Anne-Kathrine Kjerulff (Danefae / National Museum of Denmark)
              Passion and profession - balancing co-creation and administration
12:00    Lunch break
13:30    Marcus Smith (Riksantikvarieämbetet, Sweden)
              Linked Open Heritage Data in Sweden: SOCH & SweDigArch
14:00    Heikki Rantala (Aalto University, Finland)
              Challenges facing heritage management organizations when building digital services
14:30-   Discussion

Tuesday 5th April 10.00-15.30

10:00    Coffee
10:15    Welcome
10:30    Anna Wessman (University Museum of Bergen, Norway)
              This Belongs in a Museum! Collaborating with Norwegian metal-detectorists
11:00    Jaakko Aarniveräjä (Independent researcher, Finland)
              Co-operation with archeologists and other authorities: the metal detectorists' point of view
11:30    Tom Redmayne (Independent researcher, UK)
              Building the bridge from both sides: We can meet in the middle
12:00    Lunch break
13:30    Tuuli Kurisoo (Tallinn University, Estonia)
              Ten years since regulating the use of metal-detectors in Estonia: lessons learned
14:00    Line Maj-Britt Højberg Bjerg (National Museum of Denmark)
              Co-creating the past – Treasure trove where you least expect it
14:30-   Discussion