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E-newsletter March 2017


For nearly 40 years, International Museum Day has been celebrated on and around 18 May each year. This event highlights the role of museums in the development of society, and this year's theme, Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums, is no exception.

Have you already planned a special event or programme for International Museum Day, like many other cultural institutions around the globe? Add yours to ICOM's interactive map for the whole world to see.

All you have to do is complete the following form: ( A Video tutorial is provided to help guide you through the process.

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My Museum, Your Museum: Developing Meaningful Experience for Visitors of All Ages
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 "My Museum, Your Museum: Developing Meaningful Experience for Visitors of All Ages", in Beijing from 2 to 11 April 2017.

Seven museum experts from China, Canada, Singapore, Turkey and the United States, are invited as lecturers; and 33 participants will attend, including 17 from China and 16 from other countries (Algeria, Australia, Benin, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Mongolia, Namibia, Pakistan, Poland, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam). This ICOM-ITC training workshop is targeted at ICOM members from emerging countries and the Asia-Pacific region. Some full and partial grants have been made available under certain conditions.

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ICOM Sweden: “Syria and Iraq: culture at risk - illicit trafficking of cultural property”. On 31 March, 2017, the National Museum of World Culture, Sweden and the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO launched an awareness campaign to shed light on illegal trade in cultural property, and prevent it from gaining a foothold in Sweden.

ICOM Spain, in association with the foundation Alberto Jiménez-Arellano Alonso - University of Valladolid, is organizing Museology Days at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Valladolid on 31 March and 1 April. Furthermore, on 4 and 5 April, the ICOM Spain-supported Sustainable Development and Cultural Institution Days will be held.

ICMS: The workshop on "Risk management and HR management" will be held on 24 to 26 April 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. More information:


ICOM News is transitioning to a new digital format. In the meantime, we are featuring ICOM News articles on our website, and every month here in the newsletter.

March brings us to New York Transit Museum, which has developed a unique programme for young train enthusiasts with autism.

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Since 2000, Communicating the Museum (CTM) is the world’s leading arts communications conference. Each year we gather communications professionals in a new cultural city.

Agenda organizes inspiring keynote speeches, engaging panel discussions and thought-provoking learning sessions addressing the latest trends in brand communications and digital strategies for the cultural sector. The event is widely recognized as a rare opportunity for peers from across the globe to meet, exchange ideas and be inspired by experts. After 17 years visiting some of the world’s greatest cities (New York, Sydney, Stockholm, Venice, Istanbul and many others), CTM is delighted to be returning home to Paris for its 18th edition.

The theme of this edition of Communicating the Museum is “The Power of Education”. Over four days, from 19 to 22 June at the Louvre and Grand Palais, Paris, 300 museum professionals will debate the changing role of education today, discussing new ideas and forging lasting partnerships.

50 speakers from over 15 countries will address the following questions: What are the new trends in museum learning? What should museums be doing about today’s most urgent political issues? How can each museum best serve the needs of its communities? How can you get educators, curators, and communicators to work together? What can museums learn from their public?

ICOM is a partner of Communicating the Museum Paris.

Please click here to find out more and register


The CIDOC annual conference will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 25 to 29 September 2017. There is constant progress in the field of documentation, offering a variety of tools used by today’s museums. Standards, technical tools, and intellectual methods offer many advantages for documentation practitioners. CIDOC’s annual conference proposes looking back at the evolution of documentation. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 15 April 2017.

ICOM ICFA’s next meeting will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the Hirschsprung Samling, from 17 to 19 September 2017 on the theme "Changing rooms?! Permanent displays and their storage". How can museums meet visitor expectations? How can curators keep the traditional displays and promote the art in storage at the same time? Please submit your abstract and short CV (max.1 page) by 23 April 2017 to ICFA Chair, Christoph Lind Call for Papers ICFA

ICOM MPR has scheduled its conference for 1 to 5 October in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on “Museums and the City: Marketing and Beyond”. Today, professional communication for museums is based on unique content, perfect formats and social framing. Marketing of museums in the future will have to be even more closely linked to location marketing (place, city, region, nation). MPR is accepting paper proposals for its 2017 conference by email: before 21 April, 2017.

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