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Mini Conference / AGM 2017

IMTAL Europe members, museum educators, guides or volunteers who wish to specialise in costumed live interpretation are invited to the IMTAL Europe Mini Conference and AGM in Salzburg/Austria on December 13th - 15th. The Mini Conference offers theatrical presentations, "how-to" workshops and talks given by museum professionals from around Europe. Get ready for an exceptional experience. Over the next few days, you will laugh, cry, sing, dance, discuss and explore new horizons. Enjoy!

Registration is open until 30th November 2017.

Conference Schedule (Second Draft: Program Change Excepted)

Time Event / Activity Venue Included in Conference Fee?
Wednesday, 13th December 2017 (Arrival Day) - Mini Conference Day 1
11:00 - 12:00 IMTAL Europe Board Meeting Conference Venue Yes
09:00 - 13:00 Arrival of Delegates in Salzburg/Austria:
  1. Allocation of Rooms
  2. Conference Check-In / Registration at Conference Office and Orientation Information
Conference Venue &
14:00 - 14:20 Wellcome notes:
  1. Dipl.-Theol. Ingo R. Glückler, M.A. (LIS), M.Th. (IMTAL Board Member)
  2. Dr. Thomas Mitterecker (Director of Archive)
  3. Marc van Hasselt MA (Chair of IMTAL Europe)
Conference Venue Yes
14:20 - 15:00 Keynote Address: Dr. Mag. Thomas Edelmann MAS (Marketing) and Mag. Georg Rütgen (Head of Interpretation) from The Austrian National Army Museum: Wars belong in museums ... and nowhere else! Conference Venue Yes
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break Conference Venue Yes
15:30 - 16:00 Presentation 1 (tbc) Conference Venue Yes
16:00 - 16:30

Presentation 2: Jerker Fahlström (Sweden): Theatre in Museum - Museum Theatre!

A discussion about: What do we want theater at museums to be? What are the possibilities for doing that? Can we think beyond our limits?

Conference Venue Yes
16:45 - 17:45

Reception by Archabbot and Presentation 3: Ingo R Glückler and Markus Bürscher (Austria): Interpreting religious conflict and controversy in times of change.

After a introduction to costumed interpretation of religious conflict and controversy in times of change we will invite you to the generally closed Saint Mary's Chapel in St. Peter's Abbey the oldest monastery in Northern Europe. In the course of the 500th anniversary of the European Reformation we will meet Johann von Staupitz, O.S.B., abbot of St. Peter's Abbey in the years 1523-1524, and mentor of Martin Luther. On his tomb he tells us about his life, Martin Luther and the Reformation. Long version on YouTube in German.

St Peter's Abbey (tbc) Yes
18:00 -

Dinner at traditional Augustiner Bräustübl Mülln at your expense, those who wish can walk back after dinner with Ingo via Mönchsberg and enjoy the best view over winterly Salzburg.

At the foot of the Mönchsberg, in Salzburg’s Mülln neighbourhood, beer has been brewed and then enjoyed amongst social circles since 1621. The beer is drawn from wooden barrels and served in stone jugs, or steins. Regional and traditional dishes can be bought directly from various food stands which is set up to resemble a traditional marketplace. The Bräustübl is a well-respected traditional meeting place – a piece of living history in the world heritage centre of Salzburg. 

Augustiner Bräu Kloster Mülln OG No: due to nature of venue 
Thursday, 14th December 2017 - Mini Conference Day 2
08:00 - 08:50 Breakfast Accommodation Yes
09:00 Group meets at main entrance to Residenzgalerie Salzburg, DomQuartier Salzburg GmbH
Franziskanergasse 5a, 5020 Salzburg.
Residenzgalerie Salzburg / Entrance Yes
09:05 - 09:15 Wellcome note from Monika Fermin-Vaez (Director of Interpretation, DomQuartier Salzburg). Residenzgalerie Salzburg / Museum Educational Room Yes
09:15 - 10:40

Mag. Angela Pfenninger (Germany): Some museum objects speak to you. Give them a voice, so others may hear their narrative, too.

By means of improvisational acting, and with childlike openness, we shall explore the emotive, poetic qualities inherent in artworks and artefacts. The scenic approaches thus generated can serve as a useful and imaginative "way in" to interpreting the historical content and museum clients' learning objectives. 

Residenzgalerie Salzburg Yes
10:40 - 10:50 Coffee Break Residenzgalerie Salzburg / Museum Educational Room Yes
10:50 - 12:15

Annemarie Pothaar MA (The Netherlands): Live Interpretation used for museum learning activities.

Using Live interpretation in a museum education setting. How do people learn and how can you see learning is taking place? We will take notice of some basic museum learning theories and methods and put these into practice when working with live historic costumed interpretation, and rescind from the educational effect we are looking for. We will work in the museum to find a setting or artefacts that interest you. These will be our starting point to develop a live on the spot interpretation. It is an active participation group workshop, in which we combine theory and practice with performance.

Residenzgalerie Salzburg Yes
12:30 - 13:00 Lunch at Propstey-Stüberl near the Conference Venue Propstey-Stüberl Yes
13:00 - 14:00 Break and free time (Salzburg Christmas Market, Salzburg Cathedral, etc.) City No
14:00 - 15:00 Presentation 4 (tbc) Conference Venue Yes
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break Conference Venue Yes
15:30 - 16:30 Presentation 5 (tbc) Conference Venue Yes
16:45 - 17:00 Cable Railway to the Fortress Hohensalzburg Bottom Station (tbc) Yes
17:00 - 18:00

Tour of the Fortress Hohensalzburg

Hohensalzburg Fortress is enthroned on the Mönchsberg, high above the rooftops of the Baroque historical district. The biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe.

Fortress of Hohensalzburg (tbc) Yes
18:00 -  Knight's Buffet at Fortress of Hohensalzburg Fortress of Hohensalzburg (tbc) Yes
Friday, 15th December 2017 - Annual General Meeting 2017 (AGM)
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast and Check-Out Accommodation Yes
09:15 - 11:30

Annual General Meeting 2017 (AGM) - IMTAL Members Only:

  1. Opening
  2. Minutes of the last AGM
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Chairs Report
  5. Financial Report
  6. Membership
  7. Insights Magazine
  8. Events and conferences 2018
  9. Board election and future of IMTAL Europe
  10. Date of the next conference 

There will be a Skype conference call for IMTAL members who cannot attend. Please, let Ingo know your Skype-IDs in order to add you to the conference group.

Conference Venue Yes
11:30 - 12:00 End of Mini Conference and AGM 2017; Lunch for those who are staying in Salzburg - No


The last day to register for the conference will be 30th November 2017.
Time will be allowed during each session for participants to ask questions and share experiences. Time will also be set aside at the end of the day for participants to ask questions regarding their particular situation or topics not covered during the sessions.

Cost of Conference: Accommodation, all meals, drinks and coffee breaks mentioned in the conference schedule and marked YES are included with registration.

> Accommodation:

  • Wednesday 13th - Thursday 14th: € 80,- including breakfast (one night only).
  • Thursday 14th - Friday 15th: € 80,- including breakfast (one night only).
  • Wednesday 13th - Friday 15th: € 160,- including breakfast (two nights, i.e. whole Mini Conference and AGM 2017).
  • No accommodation required: € 0,-.

> Conference Fee:

  • Regular (non-IMTAL member) € 100,- [All meals, drinks and coffee breaks mentioned in the conference schedule and marked YES are included with registration.]
  • Student (non-IMTAL member) € 80,- [All meals, drinks and coffee breaks mentioned in the conference schedule and marked YES are included with registration.]
  • Regular (IMTAL member) € 80,- [All meals, drinks and coffee breaks mentioned in the conference schedule and marked YES are included with registration.]
  • Student (IMTAL member) € 70,- [All meals, drinks and coffee breaks mentioned in the conference schedule and marked YES are included with registration.]

Airports: We suggest Salzburg International Airport.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) / Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB): Direct trains from Munich, Vienna and Linz to Salzburg Central Station. Buy your ticket online well in advance to obtain early bird tickets (Sparpreis Europa or Europa Special) either from Deutsche Bahn (DB) or from Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB).

We wish to thank the following institutions for their support in the organization of this IMTAL Mini Conference and AGM 2017:

  • Archive of the Archdiocese of Salzburg, Kapitelplatz 3, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria.
  • Residenzgalerie Salzburg, DomQuartier Salzburg GmbH, Franziskanergasse 5a, 5020 Salzburg, Austria.
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