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The EMEE project can be considered an experimental study of  eld research. Its foundation is an interdisci- plinary theoretical framework that strives to strength- en the transregional and European dimension in the museum development of local, regional and national history museums.
Against this backdrop, three presuppositions are of crucial importance: (a) The development of the European dimension is applied to existing object col- lections. (b) This development is built on the idea that local, regional, national and European dimensions of the cultural heritage in Europe are connected mani- foldly through close and multiperspective links and imply many inextricably linked layers of meaning. (c) Moreover, developing the European dimension does not exclusively refer to the re-interpretation of suit- able object collections, but rather – and again in a multi-perspective way – it refers to the interconnec- tion between the re-interpretation of objects, the further development of visitor participation and the international exchange of experts. These three main components of the EMEE project were combined in the concept of the Change of Perspective (COP). The question of its practical applicability was addressed
during the second and third stage of the project and empirically tested and evaluated in the course of planning, developing and executing the EuroVision Lab.s.
During the  rst step, the partners focused on transforming the theoretical foundations into a fea- sible and comprehensible methodological concept that included examples for better illustration to ren- der practical application possible. With this in mind,  ve so-called ‘EMEE Toolkits’ and a collection of 33 Exemplary COP-units were created that integratively apply all dimensions of the Change of Perspective to selected museum objects.
These practical-methodological approaches formed the basis for an empirical trial of the EMEE concept through speci cally designed ‘laboratories’. Their main purpose was to detect and rectify any problems or dif culties occurring during the applica- tion of the theoretical concept and the methodologi- cal approaches to a practical context. The  ndings re- corded during the practical application enabled the team to draw important conclusions concerning the results of their four-year project-work and its basic concept.

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