Trentino Ecomuseums Network
“Trentino ecomuseums Network” (“Ecomusei del Trentino”) is a network of municipalities and associations (issued by the Provincial Law nr. 13, 9th November 2000) grouped into seven areas.
The aim of Ecomuseums is the preservation, renovation and proper use of environments representing traditional ways of life; they promote the community identity by taking charge of the tangible and intangible heritage – environmental settings, historical evidences, artistic artefacts, civil and religious values, material culture in terms of agriculture, crafts and traditional ways of life – and bringing them together in a single, coherent heritage. They include itineraries and trails able to show visitors aspects of nature and local traditions and history. They promote and sustain scientific and didactic/educational research by the direct involvement of local populations, associations and cultural institutions. “An Ecomuseum is a dynamic way in which communities preserve, interpret, and manage their heritage for a sustainable development. An Ecomuseum is based on a community agreement” (Hugues de Varine, 1971).
The Ecomuseums Network puts together subjects with similar objectives, stimulating shared initiatives and a common vision between them, in this way empowering them and strenghtening their actions.
An Ecomuseum aims at promoting initiatives which are meant to strenghten the bonds between the population and its own territory, between a local community and its origins, between memories of the past and expectations on the future.
The aim of the Ecomusems Network is to stimulate several coordinated actions by the seven Ecomuseums.
At the same time each action is meant to enhance the single realities, by means of projects and services aiming at each territory potential enhancement and at integrating the touristic offer.
The Network offers to the single subjects working tools (for instance educational workshops, support for the management of projects, fund raising) for refining their operational strategies, implementing actions and encouraging a socio-economic growth.
Both representatives and communities involved in the seven Ecomuseums can benefit of a network coordination for the realisation of projects, offers and activities, in this way optimizing the use of the heritage and of the economic resources
The associations and subjects operating on the territories included in the Ecomuseums can use the Ecomuseums Network to create relations of exchange, confrontation and project sharing with other similar realities
The Trento Autonomous Province, which promotes the Ecomuseum formation, can use the Network as a means for supporting each Ecomuseum activities in a more efficient and direct way
- Each single Ecomuseum, thanks to its belonging to the Network, has the chance to meet other subjects, with which it can confront on experiences and critical aspects as well as start new projects, and by which it can learn new methods; at the same time the single Ecomuseum gains a better authoritativeness in its relationship with institutions and new tools for managing projects and challenges
WHY is the best practice considered as good
Promotion of a territory
Promotion of activities present on the territory
Encouragement to the development of new cultural and touristic offers
Economic and occupational positive effects on the local population
WHAT are the measurable results
Thanks to the Network activity it was possible to create publications, promotional material, a traveling exhibition, as well as to plan travels for all the involved partners
During the last two years (since its creation) the Ecomuseums Network has promoted:
- monthly coordination meetings between the Ecomuseums referees
- the beginning of the compilation of a yearly Social report, adopting shared criterions
- realization of a Community Map for each Ecomuseum
- Mounting of the travelling exhibition “Trentino Local Worlds. The Community Maps in the Trentino Ecomuseums”
- creation of the website www.ecomusei.trentino.it
- Joining of the Network to the initiative “European Day of Landscape” (21 June-21 December)
- Publication of the book “Trentino Local Worlds. Creation of a permanent network between Trentino Ecomuseums. Methods, tools, good practices”
- Publication of the book “Trentino Local Worlds. Towards the Trentino Ecomuseums Social Report - year 2010”
- Print of promotional material
Organization of events and promotional transfers: participation to the San Michele Habits and Traditions Museum Eastern Market (21st April 2010), to Trento San Vigilio Festival (18th - 20th June 2010); participation to the Argenta Fair - FE (9th - 12th September 2010)
New opportunities created on the local level
Development of new cultural and touristic offers
Economic and occupational positive effects on the local population
The Trentino Ecomuseums Network was officially recognised in the June of 2011, after a two-years long creation course, which was supported by the Trento Autonomous Province and by funds paid out by Caritro Foundation (overall about € 100.000).
The project financed by the Caritro Foundation was developed on six main actions:
- realisation of one Community Map per Ecomuseum ( € 60.000);
- adhesion to the European Convention on Landscape by means of the organisation of the Landscape Day (between the 21st June and the 21st December) in each Ecomuseum. The Landscape Day aims at the sensitization of the local communities on the protection and enhancement of the environmental heritage (this action was auto-financed by the Ecomuseums);
- census of each Ecomuseum's resources and heritage (buildings, collections, itineraries, human resources, environmental heritage…), creating a common database, so that it was possible to identify common themes and affinities between the partners, with the aim of facilitating exchange and collaboration between them (this action, too, was auto-financed by the Ecomuseums);
- “Auto-evaluation course”, through which each Ecomuseum was able to verify the efficiency of its working strategies, the pertinence of its objectives, the already existent relationships and those which had to be created with other local subjects and the implementation perspectives in a medium and long term (this action, too, was auto-financed by the Ecomuseums);
- compilation of a yearly Social report per Ecomuseum, to summarise and report all the activities made during the year (€ 6.500)
- communication tools: publication of a paper summarising the steps of the creation of the Network; publication of the yearly Social reports; creation of the Network website; creation of an exhibition of the Ecomuseums Community Maps; organisation of a public event (21.06.2011) for the presentation of the Network (€ 33.500)
Possibility of tansferring the best practice
The Trentino Ecomuseums Network is the first experiment of creation of such a network at a national level. Its specificity is due to the fact that it is an horizontal, and not pyramidal, network between Ecomuseums.
This model can be adopted by other Ecomuseums or by cultural associations to empower their ability to act, creating a network of subjects with similar objectives whose actions can have stronger effects on a territory than the single subjects'.