Museums Day on 18th May 1996, which is particularly
important this year because it coincides with our
Organisation's fiftieth anniversary, is on the theme
"Collecting today for tomorrow".
This touches on the very raison d'Ítre of the museum,
and its essential relationship with the notion of
temporality. ICOM News would first like to record
reactions to the theme by various International Committee
chairpersons. Then, to open up the debate, we are
making a wide appeal to our readers for contributions,
which will enrich the information file we are compiling
to accompany this year's International Museums Day.
So, to begin the discussion, and to take the opportunity
to make the public more aware of the role of museums
as we reach the turn of the century, here are five
key questions of concern to all museum professionals.