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Our Partners


Connecting Early Medieval European Collections (CEMEC) is an EU-funded cooperation project that aims to create a collaborative network, and a cost-effective business model, between eight European museum collections and six technical partners.

Drawing on objects from participating museum collections, the project will produce ‘CROSSROADS’, a travelling exhibition focusing on connectivity and cultural exchange during the Early Middle Ages (300 -1000) in Europe.


CEMEC partners include national and regional museums, universities and technical experts from across Europe. Drawing on their museum collections and using the latest technologies, the partners seek to identify connections between societies in the Early Medieval period, helping to further the aim of “illuminating the Dark Ages” for European audiences.


CEMEC exhibition now on view at the Byzantine & Christian Museum in Athens

The Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports in joint collaboration with the Byzantine and Christian Museum, present the temporary exhibition “Byzantium and the Others in the First Millennium: An Empire of stability in a turbulent era”.
The duration of the exhibition is from May 18th till October 10th 2018.

Exhibition room on the ‘Transition’ theme (Photograph Nikos Mylonas)

Through six thematic sections: “Transition”, “Worship”, “Intellectual Life”, “Warfare in the Western and Eastern Roman Empire”,“Secular Life” and “Trade”, the exhibition highlights the role of the Byzantine Empire as a stability pole during the turbulent era of 300 – 1000 A.D, both in the European continent and in the broader area of the Mediterranean Sea and the East.

CNR’s video on the Kunagota sword in the section on ‘Warfare’ (Photograph Nikos Mylonas)

The exhibition is organized within the framework of the EU project “CEMEC – Connecting Early Medieval European Collections”, co-funded by the Creative Europe Framework, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Byzantine and Christian Museum.

NoHo’s Cross Culture Timeline on the panoramic screens (Photograph Nikos Mylonas)

The ‘Secular life’ section with CNR’s holobox of the brooch from LVR LandesMuseum Bonn at the background (Photograph Nikos Mylonas)

Video by Moobels on the reliquary lid from the RMAH Brussels (Photograph Nikos Mylonas)

The following Museums and Ephorates agreed to loan collection items for the realization of the exhibition:

Allard Pierson Museum- Amsterdam
LVR-Landes Museum – Bonn
Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum – Budapest
Royal Museums for Art and History – Brussels
National Archaeological Museum
National Library of Greece
Epigraphic Museum
Ephorate of Antiquities of Corinth,
Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades,
Ephorate of Antiquities of the city of Athens,
Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities,
Museum of Byzantine Culture



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"Crossroads" Evaluated

One of the main aims of the CEMEC project is to produce a travelling exhibition – starting in Amsterdam in September 2017, with the opening of the Crossroads exhibition. Another goal of the CEMEC project is to evaluate these exhibitions, so that the results from these evaluations may be used to make the exhibition at the next venue even better – and that is my job!


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