Museum Day 2004 - "Museums and Intangible Heritage"
18 May 2004, museums all over the world will be celebrating
International Museum Day. The theme for 2004 is "Museums
and Intangible Heritage".
the museum profession, the issue of intangible heritage
is one of the most important areas to be explored in the
years ahead. The museum has traditionally been a space in
which material evidence of the past is collected, conserved
and displayed. The practices, ideas, knowledge and skills
associated with these physical objects have received less
attention. Yet intangible representations are undoubtedly
an essential part of any civilisation.
the words of Jacques Perot, the President of ICOM, "The
theme of this 26th edition of International Museum Day is
of capital importance to museums, which must play a part
in preserving and protecting the intangible forms of our
common heritage from the threat of cultural homogenisation."
year International Museum Day will pave the way for the
20th ICOM General Conference, which is due to be held in
Seoul in October 2004 and will also focus on the theme of
intangible heritage. The idea is that the innovative activities
organised throughout the world on International Museum Day
will provide inspiration and feed into the debates which
will take place in Seoul during this unique international
gathering of museum professionals.
Museum Day was launched by ICOM in 1977. The aim of this
annual event is to raise public awareness of the vital role
museums play in society. With planned activities including
open days, temporary exhibitions, guided tours and public
events and workshops, 18 May 2004 will be a day of celebration
for museums all over the world, and we invite all our members
to take part in the festivities.
further information about the theme or the activities planned
for International Museum Day :