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E-newsletter October 2015
Valeria Suruceanu, Anne-Catherine Robert-Hauglustaine, Virgil Ştefan Niţulescu, Svetlana Pociumban and Tudor Zbarnea.

"Museums on the Firing Line": a decisive meeting for two ICOM committees

From 7 to 13 October 2015, ICOM’s National Committees in Moldova and Ukraine implemented a joint project on the theme “Museums on the Firing Line: from Victim to Peacemaker” in Chisinau, Moldova. The project was sponsored by ICOM as part of its annual “Support to the Network” programme.

The destruction of cultural property during armed conflicts, the looting of art objects, countless unauthorised excavations, and the theft of art objects from museums, archives, libraries and other institutions in which they are kept all constitute a danger to scientific research as well as to the conservation of these objects. Analysing the deplorable situation in the region, ICOM Ukraine expressed the urgent need to work with ICOM Moldova to implement the “Museums on the Firing Line: from Victim to Peacemaker” project in order to help professionals working in Ukrainian museums confront current issues related to situations of conflict, raise the awareness of the regional museum community regarding the vital role of museums in society, and equip it with the tools needed to conduct joint actions aimed at reviving trust within a society affected by armed conflict.

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The launch of International Museum Day 2016

Since 1977, ICOM has celebrated International Museum Day (IMD) to encourage public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. In 2015, nearly 35,000 museums in 145 countries participated in the event by organising specific activities. Next year, the worldwide community of museums will celebrate the next International Museum Day on 18 May 2016, around the theme “Museums and Cultural Landscapes”.

The theme Museums and Cultural Landscapes will also be the theme of the ICOM General Conference to be held in Milan, Italy from 3 to 9 July 2016. It highlights the responsibility of museums not only to their collections, but also to their environment, including the cities, villages and communities to which they belong, and calls on them to promote and communicate about both their own collections and the cultural and natural heritage around them. Museums of all kinds can contribute to sustainable development by strengthening ties between people and their environment.

Museums and Cultural Landscapes asks museums to participate in raising awareness, making them ambassadors of a geographic area and engaging them in actively protecting cultural and natural heritage.

We invite all of the world's museums – whether large or small, urban or rural, or dedicated to the arts or sciences – to join us next 18 May in celebrating the complex link between people and their environment.

The official IMD website has also been launched and features the IMD 2016 poster and web banner in several languages, along with a kit for museums that contains tools, guidance and examples.

We are counting on the participation of everyone to make IMD a unifying and festive event worldwide.

And of course, do not hesitate to contact your National Committee (see the list of ICOM National Committees) or write to for any questions you may have about the event.

An exciting end to the annual conference season!

November marks the end of the annual conference season for the ICOM network. The annual meeting of AVICOM (International Committee for Audiovisual and New Image and Sound Technologies) will be held in Budapest, Hungary on 3-4 November 2015, during which time the International Audiovisual Festival on Museums and Heritage (FIAMP) will award several categories of prizes recognising the achievements of museums making use of new image and sound technologies. This year the FIAMP will be hosted by the Hungarian National Museum, and its colloquium will take place during the MUZEUM@DIGIT International Conference.

The annual assembly of ICOM LAC (Latin America and Caribbean Regional Alliance) will take place in Cuenca, Ecuador on 4-7 November, and an International Training Seminar will be held on the topic of "Let Us Speak About Museums and Cultural Spaces". That same week, on 5-8 November, ICOM SEE and ICOM Bosnia and Herzegovina will hold their 6th regional museum meeting, bringing together international participants on the theme “Social Inclusion and the Contemporary Museum”, at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Republic of Srpska in Banjaluka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Then, ICMEMO (International Committee of Memorial Museums in Remembrance of the Victims of Public Crimes) will gather in Munich and Flossenbürg, Germany on the theme “Form/ Architecture/ Learning”. ICMAH (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Archaeology and History) will hold its annual conference in Athens, Greece on 11-14 November on the theme “Ethics and Archaeology (ICOM Code of Ethics in Museums and Outside the Museum)”. Finally, the annual meeting of ICEE (International Committee for Exhibition Exchange) will take place on 16-19 November on the topic “Get Connected! New Markets, Audiences and Perspectives in Exhibition Exchange” in Cape Town, South Africa.

Most of the conferences mentioned above will also be live-tweeting using the following hashtags: #ICOMicee15, #Fiamp15, #ICMEMO15 and #ICMAH15. Keep up with ICOM network events and activities and live-tweet hashtags by following ICOM at @IcomOfficiel.

During this same time, the fifth ICOM-ITC training workshop will be held on 2-10 November 2015 in Beijing, China. The theme of this fifth training workshop is “The Engaging Museum”. A number of outstanding international and Chinese experts will give lectures and conduct discussions and group work on museum topics such as outreach programmes, community engagement and cultural action. A “Reading Artifacts” session, developed by the Canada Science and Technology Museum, will also be part of the programme, with access to objects from the host institution's collections. In addition, hands-on sessions will be organised in some of Beijing’s most renowned museums, and a full-day excursion will bring participants to the best-known cultural heritage sites in and around Beijing.

Milan, here ICOM !

Original viewpoints, relevant information: find the section dedicated to ICOM 24th General Conference every month here in your e-newsletter.

This month, we interviewed Yousef Khacho, the first ICOM member to register for the ICOM 24th General Conference in Milan, to tell us about his commitment to our organisation. Yousef Khacho is Head of Exhibitions at the Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum and an ICEE board member. He previously worked at the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums in Damascus, Syria as the head of the Museum Development Department.

Yousef, congratulations on registering for ICOM Milano 2016! What are you expecting from this experience?

Y.K.: ICOM Milano 2016… What a unique and a wonderful combination it is to have the ICOM General Conference in Milan! The ICOM conference is the biggest gathering of museum specialists from all around the world. Milan is a great city with a long history, a well-known cultural centre, and an active city and region that regularly organise many cultural events and exhibitions. There are many museums and cultural monuments within the city, the Lombardy region, and the surrounding area. I have personally had the chance to work with some Milanese museum experts, from whom I have learned a lot. The Lombardy region will be a great place to discuss the theme of landscapes in relation to culture and nature. It also has internationally-recognised expertise in museums. Lombardy is a region with many museum services and technology providers, offering a chance for many museums to contact them.

Let’s talk about your membership in ICOM. Why did you decide to become part of our organisation, and which International Committee did you choose to work with?

Y.K.: ICOM is the best platform for museum specialists and professionals to gather, discuss, share, and debate about all aspects of museums. Museums' roles and duties are strongly related to changes and developments that occur over time. Museums must adapt those changes, in addition to the rapid development of technology, which impacts both museums and visitor expectations. Understanding the development of museums on a larger geographical scale will require an international network, which particularly allows younger projects to learn from others. To me, this is the great advantage of being part of ICOM. As Head of Exhibitions, I have chosen to join ICEE, which offers great opportunities to meet exhibition specialists from around the globe and share knowledge and ideas with them, to get a close look at exhibitions with advanced design and technology and innovative presentations, and to learn about the challenges that other colleagues have faced. I am also proud to be a board member of ICEE, which gives me the chance to work with other board members to organize ICEE activities.

What is your overall feeling about your International Committee's annual conference? Which aspects of this international gathering do you like the most?

Y.K.: The ICEE conference offers a great opportunity for exhibition professionals from around the globe to gather in one place every year. It has a great agenda, new ideas, and interesting sessions. ICEE is also working to cover every continent. For example, this year, ICEE is holding its annual conference in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference website is This will give participants a great opportunity to connect with one another, discover South Africa's museums, and share their unique experiences in developing their museums.

Finally, can you tell us a little bit more about your current job and its international aspects?

Y.K.: Within my current job, we have organised exhibitions related to Olympic and sports history and the cultural phenomenon of sport. Such exhibitions have required cooperation and partnerships with other museums from around the world. I have focused on the importance of international cooperation in museum work as a tool for developing and gaining knowledge, which can also happen through the great networking opportunities offered by ICOM.

Thank you very much, Yousef. See you in Milan in 2016!

New publications now available!

The ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums is now available in Greenlandic, the official language of Greenland. The ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums was adopted in 1986 and revised in 2004. The Code establishes the values and principles shared by ICOM and the international museum community, setting minimum standards of professional practice and performance for museums and their staff. It is now available in 38 languages.

Moreover, the booklet “Key Concepts of Museology” has been translated into Japanese. The booklet, first distributed during the 22nd ICOM General Conference in Shanghai, presents 21 fundamental concepts of museology.


Call for Papers - Museum International
Vol. 68, No. 271 – 272: Museums and Cultural Landscapes

ICOM is preparing an issue of Museum International on the theme Museums and cultural landscapes. The issue will be overseen by the Editorial Board with Prof. Dr Tereza Scheiner as Editor in Chief. All proposals submitted will be assessed for suitability and subsequent articles will go through a peer review process. The issue is expected to be published, in collaboration with Wiley Blackwell, by December 2016.

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