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E-newsletter March 2016

ICOM launches new projects!

In February 2016, the ICOM Strategic Allocation Review Commission (SAREC) gathered in Paris and awarded grants to eight special projects out of the 16 applications submitted to ICOM by its committees. Read More

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Exciting activities and splendid receptions await at ICOM Milano 2016!

Every new General Conference is another opportunity for participants to discover places of stunning beauty, during the different cocktail parties and activities organised by ICOM. The opening ceremony will take place on Monday, 4 July in the Sforza Castle, the famous 15th century castle located in the centre of Milan. On this occasion, participants will have the chance to visit the new Museum of the Rondanini Pietà of Michelangelo, as well as the recently restored frescos of Leonardo in the Sala delle Asse. On the evenings of 5 and 6 July, exceptional receptions are scheduled. On 5 July, the National Museum of Science and Technology will open its doors for a public event dedicated to ICOM Milano 2016, a special evening opening to visit the museum's historical sections and undertake experiments in its interactive laboratories. This museum is considered the biggest science and technology museum in Italy, and one of the biggest in Europe and the world.

On 6 July, participants will be able to attend a free concert in the Duomo, the famous 15th century Gothic cathedral of Milan. They will be entitled to a free guided tour of the new Museo del Duomo, as well as access to the roofs of the cathedral, offering a breathtaking view over thousands of marble statues and the urban landscape. The closing ceremony will be held on Saturday, 9 July 2016, in the Triennale Palazzo dell’Arte. Participants will be able to visit the Museum of Design of the Triennale, its park and the 21st Triennale International Exhibition of architecture, visual and decorative arts, design, fashion and audiovisual production.

These enticing evenings promise successful encounters and unforgettable moments! Register quickly for ICOM Milano 2016:

For further details on the General Conference programme:

ICOM-ITC Workshop on Current Practices in Museum Management

The International Training Centre for Museum Studies of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-ITC), housed at the Palace Museum in Beijing, China, will hold its next training programme, entitled "Current Practices in Museum Management", in Beijing from 11 to 19 April 2016.

In this context, a number of outstanding international experts will give lectures and conduct discussions and group work on museum topics such as the role of museum today, collection management and exhibition projects. Anne-Catherine Robert-Hauglustaine, ICOM Director General, will be among the lecturers during this training session. The programme will also include lectures by Chinese experts, and a full-day excursion will show participants around the best-known cultural heritage sites in and around Beijing.

This ICOM-ITC training workshop is targeted at ICOM members from emerging countries and from the Asia-Pacific region. Some full and partial grants have been made available under certain conditions.

The ICOM-ITC is the result of a collaboration between ICOM, ICOM China and the Palace Museum, Beijing. By providing inclusive and participatory training programmes for museum professionals, the centre intends to “promote research and exchange among museums at an international level and develop the museum expertise of professionals from developing countries, especially those from the Asia-Pacific region,” where the museum sector is growing rapidly and there is a high demand for museum professionals. The ICOM-ITC was officially inaugurated in July 2013.

For additional information about the ICOM-ITC and the forthcoming workshop on "Current Practices in Museum Management", please visit our page:

New ICOM Code of Ethics for Natural History Museums published in the Slovene language

ICOM Slovenia is one of the first National Committees to coordinate the translation into its language of the ICOM Code of Ethics for Natural History Museums, approved at the 28th ICOM General Assembly in 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. The Slovene version of the new ICOM Code of Ethics for Natural History Museums was published by ICOM Slovenia in fall 2015 and presented to the public at the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia in March 2016.

The ICOM Code of Ethics for Natural History Museums is now additionally available in English, Japanese, Czech, Spanish and Russian.

For more information please visit:

Ready to celebrate International Museum Day 2016?

Among the celebrations to welcome the seasonal change during the month of May is International Museum Day – a highly anticipated event for the global museum community. Around 18 May, excitement will grow in museums worldwide for the celebration of the 38th anniversary of a unifying and universal event, International Museum Day (IMD).The tradition began in 1977, when ICOM established this particular celebration – the occasion for thousands of participating museums to organise events and activities around a common theme and to commit to their visitors, highlighting the valuable role played by museums as institutions that serve society and its development. It has always been celebrated on 18 May, but organisers can decide on the duration of the festivities: an hour, a night or an entire week – everyone can place museums in the spotlight as they best see fit. In 2015, more than 35,000 museums participated in the event in 145 countries across five continents. In 2016, the theme "Museums and cultural landscapes" is also the theme of the ICOM General Conference, to be held in Milan, Italy, from 3 to 9 July 2016. This theme makes museums accountable for their landscapes, asking them to contribute knowledge and expertise and to play an active role in their management and upkeep.

To improve the visibility of these encounters and exchanges, ICOM has started this year with new means of communication, including an interactive map that has been created in addition to the traditional poster and the banner:

All the National Committees and participating museums are invited to enrich this tool so as to contribute to the visibility and success of this major event for all museums around the world.

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