celebrate the day in Brazil,
a discussion group was organised on the theme of marketing
in museums. In the
Philippines, seminar on "Basic Conservation"
was organised by the Association for the Scientific
Conservation of Cultural Property.
and in particular the museum in Tipasa, discussions
on the theme of "Revived heritage" resulted in the
decision to "cooperate with civilians and the public
to commemorate the Day, and to stress the importance
of the local population's involvement in its heritage."
In this spirit, the museum joined other associations
to celebrate the event. In
Switzerland, with a view to drawing
up an aid program for Sarajevo, the National Committee
sought cooperation with other associations, such as
the Swiss Museum Association, the Swiss Association
for Conservation and Restoration, and the Ethnographic
Greek National Committee organised a
series of activities based on the theme of "Museums
and safeguarding cultural heritage".
a lot of countries International Museums Day was transformed
into a Museums Week. In Peru,
for instance, the events which focused mainly on the
theme of the museum as a place for preserving the
collective memory, stretched over a week.
Museums Day in Kenya
deserves special mention. It was the first time that
the Nairobi Museum had organised activities on such
a scale. Not only were there videos and traditional
dances but also exhibitions put together by the staff
on work carried out by various museum departments.
This was a great success with the local population.
Debates broadcast on radio and television, as well
as posters distributed by the museum, added to the
impact of the event.
Indeed, it is interesting to note that in most cases
museums and National Committees made a big effort
as regards communication and advertising. In Denmark,
for instance, 1,000 posters and 5,000 brochures were
sent out for the Day.
of the actions museums often organise for the 18th
May, is that of free entrance, as was the case in
last year. In Canada,
Montreal's 21 museums were free of charge, and a special
transport service, also free, was arranged for the
interesting experience was the publication in Morocco
of a catalogue entitled "The thread of the past, embroidery
and textiles" illustrating the embroidery and textile
collection of the Dar Jamai Museum in Meknčs. So that
everyone can benefit from the different experiences
of International Museums Day, the Secretariat has
put together a file on the 18th May 1995 activities,
which is available to ICOM members on request.
pubblished on "ICOM News", vol.n°49, 1996