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IMD Think Piece by Rubén Buitrón, El Brujo Arqueological Complex, Peru

Cultural heritage could fulfil a very pertinent role in society during the current crisis; as an expression of the historic processes of humanity, it constitutes a valuable source of knowledge for transformation, overcoming, inspiration and pleasure.  However, the emergency has revealed the most vulnerable aspects of the institutions that safeguard our heritage, as well as providing the conditions to redefine them and to establish new directions for their development.

From a technical point of view, there is an urgency for policy documents that allow for the anticipation and planning of safeguarding processes and responses to continue our work in adverse situations, as well as consideration of post-quarantine logistics, ensuring the efficient use of the limited human resources available.

On the other hand, the crisis leaves us with one important battlefront, at least for now: long-distance communication.  This vein, which has not been exploited in most museums in Peru, could represent a great opportunity for accessibility.

The current need to produce valuable digital content that can re-establish and preserve the connection between museums and their audiences – together with the forced distancing of technical teams from their daily work – creates a unique opportunity for multidisciplinary work that may take the knowledge that lies within the cultural assets that are kept in museums and storerooms to wider and more diverse audiences.

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