The International Council of Museums (ICOM) is the only international organisation representing museums and museum professionals.
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The ICOM Annual Meetings, so called “June Meetings” were three days full of encounters and discussions for museum professionals, from 7 to 9 June, 2017. This wonderful edition of the "June Meetings" closed with a positive energy, great ideas and conviviality. Chris Whitehead, the keynote speaker, delivered an inspiring speech about how museums can deal with difficult histories of the present, reflecting the theme of International Museum Day, Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums. Read more
After more than a year of development, ICOM's new membership management tool will soon be launched!
The project is gradually moving into its deployment phase. It will allow ICOM members to manage their own profile, membership and membership fees in their secure personal space. It will also offer new development opportunities to the network by facilitating the exchange of information.
On Thursday, 8 June 2017 at UNESCO, three demonstration workshops in the three ICOM languages ​​gathered more than 50 participants interested in this new common tool, which the committees will be able to use from September by request.
Now we just need to find a name for this database that will link all the members of ICOM!
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"Designing Engaging Museum Exhibitions"

Outstanding international and Chinese experts will give lectures and conduct discussions and group work on museum topics such as exhibition development, visitor evaluation and marketing of exhibitions. The programme will include visits to local museums as well as a full-day excursion to cultural heritage sites in and around Beijing.

The ICOM-ITC training workshops in Beijing are intended primarily for ICOM members from emerging countries and countries of the Asian-Pacific region.
Application Procedure for the ICOM-ITC training workshops

The application forms should be filled out and the required documents should be sent before Midnight (CET) Saturday, 15 July 2017.
26 – 29 June, London, UK

The Annual Conference of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Costume (COSTUME) is set out to explore the stories behind garments through the theme “The Narrative Power of Clothes”. The meeting will take place in London, United Kingdom, from 26 to 29 June and it will welcome 53 speakers.
The committee is looking at the theme of the conference very broadly, so the presentations will range from the narrative power of dress during trials to the history of a sea-silk muff or the Italian textile industry. During the annual meeting a chair of the Nominating Committee will be elected. For more information and registration, click here.
18 – 21 July, Lubbock, US
The CIDOC Summer School is back this year for a new edition. The International Committee for Documentation (CIDOC), in partnership with the Museum of Texas Tech University (MoTTU), established the CIDOC Training Association in 2011, which organises the yearly summer school “Principles and practice of museum documentation”. The programme mixes basic, intermediate and advanced topics, which makes it ideal for both experienced museum professionals as well as newcomers to the field. The collaboration between CIDOC and MoTTU brings together museum experts, from professionals to academics, whose aim is to educate the participants in the good practices of documentation. Several hundred museum professionals have already participated in the summer school. Registration will be open until 17 July 24:00 CST. For more information and registration, click here.
29 – 30 September, Musée des Confluences de Lyon, France

For its Annual Conference, ICOM France will tackle the topic “Between collections and publics: the narration in the exhibition”. Through the meeting, participants will try to answer a crucial question for museums of the 21st century: how can we make collections as lively as the events surrounding them?  Today museums attract visitors by proposing an increasingly diverse offer: from live performances to special events and shops or cafés, becoming spaces where the temporary is intertwined with the permanent and the entertaining with the scientific. The topic will be discussed through presentations, a round-table and two workshops. For more information and registration, click here.
In partnership with ICOM Endowment Fund and Europa Nostra

From 28-30 September in Dubrovnik, Croatia, over 40 award-wining museum, heritage and conservation projects from China, the United States, Japan, India, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Russia and Europe will be presented, at this unique conference where official, private and civil society institutions and actions meet. This handpicked selection of the most innovative and inspiring laureates will represent a balanced variety, focused on best current-day practices. The gathering will consist of two events: IMAGINES, a one day event where multimedia and new technology achievements will be presented; and the core event, with its packed two-day schedule. The audience, moderators and the keynote speakers will vote for The Best in Heritage “Project of Influence 2017” awards for both events. ICOM members benefit from reduced registration fees. Read more

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.
June brings us to Mutare Museum in Zimbabwe, where changes have been undertaken that have transformed the face of the museum and enhanced the visitor experience.  
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