Museums out of the Box! The crossover impact of museums
Explora took part in26th Annual Conference of NEMO – the Network of European Museums’ Organizations in the historical city of Valletta, Malta, the 2018 European Capital of Culture. NEMO was founded in 1992 as an independent network of national museum organisations representing the museum community of the member states of the Council of Europe. This year conference gathered 184 delegates from 39 countries, from 15-18 November 2018 to discuss the cross sectoral impact of museums.
Creative Makers project was presented in the European project slams awarded the European Year of Cultural Heritage label, together with other projects from Albania, Ireland, Germany and Belgium. Here is a summary of the event, more info here
The conference delegates were welcomed at the newly inaugurated museum MUZA by David Vuillaume, NEMO Chair, Sandro Debono, MUZA, Anton Refalo, Chairman, Heritage Malta, and Owen Bonnici, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government, Malta, welcomed the participants to the conference, MUZA, Valletta and Malta.
European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, and Tere Badia, Secretary General, Culture Action Europe, were later welcomed to the stage to discuss impact of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
Marie Briguglio, Department of Economics, University of Malta, delivered a keynote focusing on Museums, Markets and Eudaimonia. Margherita Sani, Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Region Emilia-Romagna, moderated the keynote. Marie discussed how well-being can be measured and how museums can be part of generating well-being.
After an energizing coffee break, it was time for a panel on Museums and Society, Youth and Social Integration, moderated by Henrik Zipsane, Jamtli Museum. Sandro Debono, Annemies Broekgaarden, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and Marina Tsekou, National Museum of Contemporary Art all offered their opinions and experience on the subject.
The second panel of the day was moderated by Raivis Simansons, Creative Museum Think Tank, and focused on Museums and Cities, Creative Industries and Science. The following experts had been invited to join the panel: Jill Cousins, Hunt Museum, Ragnar Siil, Creativity Lab, Mikko Myllykoski, Heureka Science Centre Helsinki.
The first conference day was finished off with workshops:
- Working with Intangible Cultural Heritage in Museums, delivered by Sophie Elpers and Kia Tsakiridis;
- The Future Museums’ Labour Market and new Challenges we have to face, delivered by Gea Wold and Bente Bergmans;
- Planning a National Museum Policy: where does the museum sector head, delivered by Kalle Kallio;
- Where History meets Philosophy: a toolkit for museum educators, delivered by Jenny Anghelikie Papasotiriou.
The second day was kicked off with an interview between Lynn Scarff, Director, National Museum of Ireland and Kimmo Levä, Secretary General, Finnish Museums Association. Lynn got to answer questions about museum strategy, branding and future developments for the museum sector. Amongst other, Lynn stressed that museums in the future should be creative platforms rather than content providers.
Later, the conference delegates split up in small groups to attend one of three NEMO Working Group meetings or to join a guided tour of MUZA:
- Working Group LEM – The Learning Museum: Activities and Programmes for Children and Young People in European Museums. Led by Margherita Sani;
- Working Group Museums and Creative Industries, led by Ineta Zelca Simansone, Creative Museum Think Tank. Ragnar Siil, Creativity Lab, Chris Bailey, Freelance Museums and Creative Industries Expert, and Jill Cousins, Hunt Museum, discussed the topic “Museums and Creative Industries – An unlikely partnership?” in a panel discussion;
- Working Group Advocacy and PA,led by Lodewijk Kuiper, Netherlands Museums Association, who presented two Advocacy Cases; MUZA Museum and the UK Museums Association at the meeting;
- Working Group Digitalisation, led by Aber Leguit, Netherlands Museums Association, called to a first meeting of the newly founded Working Group.
After lunch the conference participants gathered again for the European Project Slam of EYCH 2018, moderated by Rebecca Thonander, NEMO.
Next on the agenda was NEMO’s Annual General Meeting, open for NEMO members only. The past year was summarized and the members voted in favour of updating the statues of NEMO. A new member of the NEMO board was also elected. Sergio Servellón (Chairman, ICOM Belgium Flanders) was elected to take the seat of Nils M. Jensen, Director, Danish Museums Association. It was also announced that NEMO’s 27thAnnual Conference will be held at the Estonian National Museum in Tartu from 7-10 November 2019.
The Children in Museums Award Ceremony marked the end of the second conference day. Hands on! International Association of Children in Museums and the European Museum Academy organized the award ceremony within the framework of NEMO’s conference “Museums out of the Box! The crossover impact of museums”. The Keppel Centre for Art Education at the National Gallery Singapore received the 2018 award and a check of 5000 Euro. The Museum of Puppetry, Ljubljana, Slovenia received a Special Commendation.
On the last day, the participants had the possibility to join a cultural sightseeing tour of heritage sites around Malta.