‘The Hub’ is planned as a modern documentation and visitor centre as well as a new ‘museum-museum’ for the UNESCO World Heritage Site Göreme-Cappadocia in the centre of Turkey. It would be provided with modern IT and would be easily accessible from the main tourist sites. A wide range of information options and other facilities like a bistro cafe, a museum shop, an IMAX cinema and presentation areas in different rooms would help maximize the value of information offered to visitors within a limited time span.
While already existing museums in the area deal with past epochs, hardly any historical and ethnographic information is yet provided on the background and circumstances of these periods. ‘The Hub’ also would act as an academic institution, interlinking existing collections and research resources concerning Cappadocia, inter alia with respect to historical remains, relevant open air sites, archaeological excavations, etc. in a modern and well-presented way. This would also include the intense use of modern IT and WIFI access would enable visitors to the centre to gain more information with their own modern smart phones and handheld devices. Information would be provided in different languages and via public displays and broadband inter/intranet links.
‘The Hub’ would also act as an ‘inclusive’ museum itself, providing well-presented objects displayed in a modern and communicative way with direct involvement of local stakeholders. Exhibitions would highlight examples of the natural geology and geography of Cappadocia, provide insight into the ethnography, and material and intangible culture of the region taking into account the various levels of complex history that are to be found in Cappadocia including the long history of peaceful coexistence of Christian and Muslim religions existing in historic Cappadocia.
|Keywords:||World Heritage Site, Cappadocia, Cultural Heritage, Heritage Management, Museum Management, Museum Concept, Inclusive Museum, Information & Documentation Centre Visitor Centre, Digital Technology, Digital Museum, IT, Tourism, Tourism Anthropology|
Project Director, Cappadocia Academy for Art & Culture, Göreme, Göreme-Nevşehir, Turkey
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