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Research groups

The MCH research groups are solidly anchored in the the research strategy of the museum. They are annually granted funds from the MCH Research Council, to promote collective activities that develop the subjects under study. Each research group have several projects that interact and contribute to a dynamic development of the work undertaken.

How do objects, places, spaces or practices get a place in ‘the global museum’? This project seeks to take advantage of what we as a museum already know and do; as the entire academic staff of the Museum of Cultural History in various ways engages in heritage making; as advisors to the Directorate of Cultural Management, as archaeologists, as keepers of collections, as conservators, as curators, exhibition designers, as storage administrators, or as anthropologists. To discover our strengths, 'Housing Heritage' suggests a joint comparative exploration of what such ‘makings’ of cultural heritage, world heritage, museum objects and archaeological objects have in common.

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For centuries the human form rendered in white marble has been considered the pinnacle of sculptural beauty in Western art, despite visible traces of original polychromy. Today it is widely known that this misconception is based on false perceptions, and we want to contribute to the writing of a polychrome history of art. We call for a critical discource on polychrome reconstructions and the relationship between colours, materials and the surface.

The research team aims to strengthen research on landscape utilisation and settlement history in the Iron Age (BC 500- 1000 AD), and link this more closely to the results from the Museum of Cultural History (MCH) excavations. How have people adapted to the landscape, and which strategies have been chosen in different types of social and topographical landscapes?