Museums for Peace and Harmony in Society
18th May 2000, museums all over the world will be celebrating
International Museum Day. The theme, "Museums for peace
and harmony in society", was chosen by the Advisory Committee,
to reflect the United Nations' decision to proclaim the
year 2000 "International Year for a Culture of Peace".
motto of International Museum Day, ever since the initiative
was launched by ICOM in 1977,
is that "Museums are an important means of cultural
exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual
understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples".
year, International Museum Day provides us with an opportunity
to demonstrate to the public that museums have an important
role to play in society. In the light of this year's theme,
Jacques Perot, the President of ICOM, is asking all
ICOM members to "do their best to ensure that museums
participate even more actively in efforts to promote harmony
between communities and help different sections of society
to live peacefully side by side".
News, issue no. 1/2000 presents a number of reflections
and accounts of experiences relating to the theme, "Museums
for peace and harmony in society". 18th May 2000 will
see all manner of events - open days, temporary exhibitions,
guided tours, encounters between staff and visitors, and
so on. It will also be a global celebration of the museum,
and we invite all our members to join the festivities.
Museum Day receives support from the Réunion des musées
nationaux (RMN) and the Direction des musées de France