A badge for the Loon expert

The castle of Alden Biesen in Belgium is a pioneer in terms of the BADGES project. The pilot project, which ends in March 2019, is a great example of a project where it is not (only) about learning about heritage, but also about learning through heritage. To guide participants through the exhibition about the historic Flemish region ‘graafschap Loon’, an (optional) badging system was developed. People who are interested are challenged with extra assignments and intrigued by information, visuals or sounds on different spots throughout the exhibition. With these incentives, visitors are inspired to think about and look at things in an alternative way. Next to a paper version, the BADGES project provides an app for mobile The results of every participant are saved online and an electronic Loon Badge is sent to every participating visitor. The BADGES project is being extensively developed. Therefore, feedback from visitors about the content, ease of use and more about the app is indispensable. Logically, this innovative and daring project is accompanied by various challenges. However, this doesn’t stop the partners of the BADGES project to chase their final goal: to create an app that is ready to use for museums, nature reserves and other cultural heritage sites. The aim is to provide a complete manual and toolkit for cultural heritage sites in Europe. Hence, a rich network will arise, in which people can enlarge their collection of acquired skills and competences.