Open-air museums function as great environments with their ability to present completesettings of the past and involving all of our senses, which creates good conditions for lifelonglearning. Five open-air museums in Europe all work with reminiscence, based on culturalheritage – objects, photos, buildings, smell, taste and meaningful activities such as knitting,baking, music and gardening.

By connecting to the participants’ backgrounds by using objectsfrom the region where they grew up, or objects they remember from their youth, there is apersonal connection for the participants.

Since 2014, the five museums and three universities have been a part of the Erasmus+ program‘Active Ageing and Heritage in Adult Learning’ (abbreviated AHA).

The AHA project has evaluatedthe effects of heritage reminiscence activities at the involved museums and developedthem further. The result will be presented together with best practice to inspire and help othermuseums that wish to work with these methods. The project has also produced courses forcarers and relatives.

During the seminar in Den Gamle By, the project’s partners will present the results from theErasmus+ project. The seminar is aimed at people who work with elderly people suffering fromdementia within museums, the nursing sector or academic research.

The seminar will be in English.

Practical information


Tuesday 25th of April, 2017 11.30 – 17.00


Hobrohuset i Den Gamle By

Viborgvej 2, DK – 8000 Aarhus C


The registration fee is 190 DKK and covers catering

Please register by e-mailing

The registration deadline is 21st of April 2017

Registration fee Denmark: 4387 3627 456557

Abroad: Iban DK 19 3000 3627 4565 57, Swift DABADKKK

For more information please contact Henning Lindberg,


11.30 – 12.20 Guided tour of The House of Memory lead by staff

12.20 – 13.00 Lunch in Hobrohuset

13.00 – 13.05 Introduction to the seminar

13.05 – 13.25 Europe and the aging population – Jamtli

13.25 – 13.45 Reminiscence work at the open air museum – Den Gamle By

13.45 – 14.15 Reminiscence work, best case – Jamtli

14.15 – 14.25 Cooperating with the health care sector – City of Aarhus / Den Gamle By

14.15 – 14.45 Coffee break

14.45 – 15.15 Programs for staff and students – Den Gamle By

15.15 – 15.25 Cooperating with educational institutions

– VIA University College for health care / Den Gamle By

15.25 – 15.55 Programs for Relatives – Beamish Museum

15.55 – 16.45 Evaluation – Aarhus University / Linnaeus University / Newcastle University

16.45 – 17.00 Conclusions and final questions

Download the program here


The AHA project is founded by Erasmus+ and the partners are:

• Jamtli – Östersund, Sweden

• Lillehammer museum – Lillehammer, Norway

• Den Gamle By – Aarhus, Denmark

• Open Air Museum of Hungary – Szentendre, Hungary

• Beamish Museum – Newcastle, UK

• Newcastle University – Newcastle, UK

• Linnaeus University – Kalmar, Sweden

• Aarhus University – Aarhus, Denmark