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The Swedish National Heritage Board is exploring the possibility of developing a digital arena for the World Heritage Site, Birka and Hovgården.

The focus of the digital arena will be learning and participation. When people visit and explore historical sites, their personal reflections, stories and questions are central to their understanding of the site - and it is important to capture these and find ways of sharing them.

Cultural heritage actors can use these stories, reflections and questions to develop new activities and a participative approach to learning about Birka and Hovgården and similar historical sites. These approaches to learning will also impact upon the cultural heritage organisations themselves.

The experience of cultural heritage is now expected to connect to and impact on modern societal development - the curators and managers of historical sites will need to find ways to encourage people to make this connection.

We believe that this is also key development area for issues in historical site management and pedagogical research.

This short film shares the thoughts and reflections of people coming to the island of Björkö on June 1 2013 to visit Birka - a significant Viking age town - established around 750 AD.

Birka- together with Hovgården - constitutes an outstanding archaeological complex. Birka is an example of a Viking age proto town with a functional relationship to a royal residence – Hovgården, on nearby Adelsö. Birka and Hovgården was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993.

The film was shot 'on the fly' – Lena and Finbar did not plan to make a film; they went to plan and do a reccy (reconnoitre) of the scope and possibility for film and photography and to discuss what and how a digital arena could be designed and how it might work.
Luck was with us.

There were school children at the end of a 2 day stay on the island who wanted to talk; adults and children visiting Birka and who were happy to talk; a group of children creating their own Viking age settlement from mud and sticks on a picnic table while Dad read the newspaper in his boat – they had created their own world and told us all about it. Permission to interview and film them came from Dad (and the school kids’ teachers) - this was given happily.

The weather was fantastic.

The film was shot over three days on Björkö and Adelsö, using a Canon 550D with no external mic or lighting and edited using iMovie on an iPad mini 2. Lena did the interviews, Finbar shot the film. They worked together on the edit.

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