Institutional Heritage

Institutional Heritage

Germany and central Europe

Task Leader: SPK (DE)

The pilot compares participatory approaches in the case of big Cultural Heritage (CH) institutions with international audiences and with the case of small institutions targeting local users.

It focuses on a group of German museums, showing their different roles and participatory approaches, depending on size, location and collection.

Studies on tourism show the increase of short-trip holidays to capital cities and the visit to CH institutions is very often a part of the plans for the trip. On the other side, there are small town museums in rural areas whose collections are the physical documents of local memory and which remain outside the tourism of the international audience.

Starting from the very different initial situation of big and small institutions, and with the rapid changes in ways of interacting through social media and digital technology in general, there are different ways for CH institutions to become inclusive institutions. A comparative investigation of participatory practices will be conducted.

Specific activities

The pilot plans to:

  • analyse the potential and needs of different types of CH institutions in the light of widening their participatory approach
  • engage with staff members from different types of CH institutions in order to support transformations to host participatory practices
  • collect best practice examples from CH institutions involved in participatory initiatives, for the different types of CH institutions
  • create a network of active persons from the institutions
  • use the online platform to bring together people working in the same area to exchange ideas


  • 21 June 2018, Berlin (Germany). Conference: "Visions for Cultural Heritage and Digital Platforms"
    In the framework of the European Summit for Cultural Heritage (Berlin, 18-24 June, 2018), REACH Project will be presented at the conference dedicated to digital- cooperation platforms and factual data. The event is co-organized and co-hosted by the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, SPK). Read more