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Eve Haddow’s Bulgaria Report

Painting Ivy leaves in Tryavna

The passion of Galina Boneva who gave us a guided tour of the museum was infectious. I enjoyed their learning area where children could interact and learn about the jokes associated with Gabrovo in a creative and colourful way without resorting to slick looking interactives. I began thinking about the culture of humour associated with mining. We have a number of cartoons in our collections and I would like to do my own exhibition of humour. The house of Humour has a comments box where visitors are invited to post their own favourite jokes and observations and I think incorporating that into my exhibition would be a good way to engage our visitors. […]
 
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Laura Paterson’s Bulgaria Report

The majority of events that we took part in or heard about were based upon preserving local traditions and customs. We were fortunate to visit the Etara Architectural and Ethnographic Complex on a special festivity day – St Enyo’s Day. The entire complex was alive with local people celebrating traditional customs: Cheering on the traditional singers and dancers; queuing for Turkish coffee brewed on sand; and making wishes whilst jumping through garlands made of 77 ½ herbs.

The majority of events that we took part in or heard about were based upon preserving local traditions and customs. We were fortunate to visit the Etara Architectural and Ethnographic Complex on a special festivity day – St Enyo’s Day. The entire complex was alive with local people celebrating traditional customs: Cheering on the traditional singers and dancers; queuing for Turkish coffee brewed on sand; and making wishes whilst jumping through garlands made of 77 ½ herbs. […]
 
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Bulgarian Report by Elaine Addington

Etara

On the flight home, I decided to read the in-flight magazine of Bulgaria Air. It had a fascinating article about culinary globalisation, and two things stick in my mind from it. Firstly (and less seriously!) Shopska salad (much of which was eaten during the week) is not traditional but was “invented by experts of the tour operator Balkantourist in the 1960s”, I had assumed that it dated from far earlier! […]
 
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CHIST Bulgaria Report by Fiona McLean

All the outcomes I had hoped for on this trip were achieved and surpassed. I left with a much fuller understanding of the impact of government on museum activity, with a better understanding of the history of Bulgaria and the place of identity in the Bulgaria story, and so many thought-provoking comparisons from our situation in Scotland. […]
 
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STARA PLANINA Report

This exchange programme to Bulgaria exceeded all my expectations. All my aims and objectives were met – I received an insight of how museums and heritage sites are run and managed in Bulgaria and came back with a whole folder of new workshop ideas. I will disseminate my findings by Making this report available to all Glasgow Museums staff Giving a presentation to all interested staff at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre (“Friday Briefing”) Using the knowledge and skills gathered (collection of Bulgarian folk tales, traditional crafts such as making survachka and martenitsa) for my upcoming workshop “Eastern Delights” as part of GMRC’s summer holiday programme Sustaining an ongoing relationship with some of the staff I have met and involving them in the planning of upcoming projects (I have already established contact with Simona Stoyanova, curator of the Old School Museum in Tryavna, who provided me with valuable links and background information on Bulgarian folk tales and I am in contact with Silvia Hinkova) The whole stay was organised flawlessly and valuable bonds and friendships have been formed not only with our Bulgarian hosts but also amongst our group of Scottish museum representatives. […]
 
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Bulgaria - Creating a future from the past

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The Bulgaria exchange will be hosted by the Stara Planina Regional Tourist Association (RTA) who were established in 1996 to co-ordinate the activities of 12 local tourist organisations in order to create, develop and promote an ‘attractive tourist product’. They bring together diverse groups involved in heritage management and tourism from hotel owners to museum curators to develop a […]
 
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