Museums and Globalisation
is inviting museums all over the world to celebrate International
Museum Day on or around 18 May 2002. The central theme
chosen for the 2002 edition is "Museums and Globalisation".
President Jacques Perot is calling on museum professionals
to take this opportunity to defend the role played by
their institutions in debates on globalisation. He stresses
that museums "urgently need to take steps to ensure
that they gain from the new world order, whilst remaining
vigilant as to its possible repercussions on cultural
development and the respect for differing identities."
Museum Day 2002 will provide professionals with an opportunity
to implement the
resolution adopted by the ICOM General Assembly
in July 2001, uniting with colleagues to "oppose vigorously
any proposal to abolish or weaken the long-established
[principle of] cultural exception, in order to
continue to protect the significant cultural and natural
heritage of the various nations around the world."
the context of global free trade has also been a terrific
stimulus to museums to become more outward-looking.
Recent advances in communications technologies, the growth
of the media, and the lowering of barriers between countries
have made it easier for ideas and people to circulate
freely, and have proved to be substantially beneficial
in that they promote cultural diversity and enhance the
cultural capital of civilisations.
as they are in the heart of the global village, museums
are well aware of the effects globalisation can have on
the way they are run; but they also need to realise that
museums' basic remit acquires especial relevance in
the context of globalisation. Insofar as museums help
people learn about difference, they are the chief custodians
of the "mutual understanding, co-operation and peace among
peoples" enshrined in the definition of International
year, the members of ICOM have once again opted for a
theme which is relevant to museums everywhere in the world,
of whatever nature, whatever type of collection they house.
This should ensure that the 24th edition of International
Museum Day draws the attention of visitors all over
the world to the highly topical preoccupations of these
cultural institutions, which have such a vital role to
play in our globalised societies.
Museum Day has steadily grown in popularity with both
museum professionals and the public, and each year sees
more and more ICOM members taking part in the event.
Museum Day receives support from the Réunion des musées
nationaux (RMN) and the Direction des musées de France