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Museums + Heritage Awards 2018

The annual Museums + Heritage Awards, now in its sixteenth year, recognises projects of excellence - innovative and ground-breaking exhibitions from galleries and visitor attractions across the UK and Europe. These range from remarkable achievements of national institutions to projects crafted with limited resources and those championing their staff and volunteers who work hard to deliver inspiring visitor experiences.

The Awards are judged by a panel of the sector’s leading lights including, Diane Lees, Director General, Imperial War Museum; Bernard Donoghue, Director, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) and other leading sector professionals.

The 2018 Awards has a dedicated category for overseas organisations and the highly anticipated International Award, will once again be championing the incredible achievements of organisations and their suppliers from overseas in 2017.

With these Awards open to all museums, galleries, cultural and heritage visitor attractions and their suppliers, no matter what size or budget, this is an unrivalled opportunity for everyone!

Awards homepage - http://awards.museumsandheritage.com/

Enter the Awards - http://awards.museumsandheritage.com/about-the-awards/enter-the-awards/

Categories - http://awards.museumsandheritage.com/2018-awards-categories/

Ceremony info - http://awards.museumsandheritage.com/about-the-awards/awards-ceremony/


ICOMOS salutes the exemplary work led by Prof. Maamoun Abdulkarim in favor of Syrian heritage

This article was originally posted here http://www.icomos.org/en/178-english-categories/news/9834-l-icomos-salue-le-travail-remarquable-du-professeur-maamoun-abdulkarim-pour-le-patrimoine-syrien-2

photo4 smallICOMOS joins the cultural heritage conservation community in praising the exemplary work led by Professor Maamoun Abdulkarim during his tenure, which he concluded last week, as Director General of Antiquities and Museums in Syria.

Over the past five years, Maamoun Abdulkarim has demonstrated unwavering energy and commitment to safeguarding Syrian heritage and fighting illicit trafficking of archaeological objects, engaging in a constructive dialogue with scientific and international organizations. ICOMOS, of which he is a member, has always supported his tenacity and his courage, and has had the opportunity to benefit from the remarkable quality of his work on several occasions.

Thus, when he was invited to the symposium organised by ICOMOS on post-trauma reconstruction in March 2016, he firmly stated that "the strategy that the Syrian experts have adopted is that of reconstruction, in order to send a message to terrorists: you destroy our heritage, we will do everything to rebuild it." Thanks to Maamoun Abdulkarim’s dedication to the debate on the reconstruction of cultural heritage, the immediate translation into Arabic of the "ICOMOS Guidance on Post Trauma Recovery and Reconstruction for World Heritage Cultural Properties" in March 2017 was possible (link).

Since 2015, he has been one of the cornerstones of the ICOMOS-led Project Anqa, alongside our partners, with the aim of ensuring the training, equipment and follow-up of a permanent team of the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums responsible for 3D architectural surveys. At present, 3D surveys of six historical monuments in the old city of Damascus have been completed and the team can now independently carry on its work.

ICOMOS International recalls the words of Samir Abdulac, a member of ICOMOS France and Chairman of the ICOMOS Working Group for the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq: "Maamoun is not only a distinguished scientist but also a man of action, vision, heart, a "monuments man". For five years, he was the right man, in the right place and at the right time, when it was necessary to safeguard the Syrian and world cultural heritage. The international scientific community cannot forget his work and we can only wish him success in the future paths he will choose to take."


Image © ICOMOS : Samir Abdulac, Maamoun Abdulkarim and Gustavo Araoz ('ICOMOS president) during reconstructioncolloquium in Mars 2016 in ICOMOS headquarters, Charenton-le-Pont, France.

This article was originally posted here http://www.icomos.org/en/178-english-categories/news/9834-l-icomos-salue-le-travail-remarquable-du-professeur-maamoun-abdulkarim-pour-le-patrimoine-syrien-2

Creating early interventions for deaccessioning crises – US museums develop toolkit

This article first appeared on the Center for the Future of Museums (CFM) blog: https://futureofmuseums.blogspot.com.es/2017/10/dont-raid-cookie-jar-creating-early.html

On the CFM Blog, an opportunity to help create early warning systems and practical interventions for instances in which museums are being pressured to sell collections in order to balance the books.

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) is partnering with AAMD, AASLH, AAMG and NEMA to bring folks together at the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture in Cambridge, MA, December 14-15 2017 to frame out a practical toolkit that would help associations and peer institutions head off or intervene in such situations.

How can our field create an “early warning system” to detect potential crises that might lead to inappropriate sales? What resources can we provide to help museums find other options to address their financial needs?

Save the date if you want to roll up your sleeves and help.

(Registration is limited, and opens October 23.)  READ MORE

2018 ICOM UK Membership now open for online applications and renewals

The ICOM UK Membership Hub is now open for online applications and renewals for 2018 membership.  We are sending out a renewal email in batches to members over the coming weeks.

If you wish to apply for or renew your membership before receiving the email, please log in to the ICOM UK membership hub using your email address/user name and password https://members.icomuk.org/  If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it by clicking on the 'Lost your password?' link below the 'Sign In' button.

If you have any questions about renewing your membership, please contact the ICOM UK Membership Administrator at membership.icom@fastmail.fm

Individual and Institutional ICOM UK membership provides access to a number of benefits, including:

  1. The ICOM Card, giving you discounted or free access to thousands of museums and exhibitions worldwide.
  2. Eligibility to join ICOM International Committees - connecting you to the latest professional thinking and museum professionals in other countries.
  3. Access to the ICOM UK Travel Bursaries Fund and the Camilla Boodle Bursary Fund
  4. Demonstrating your support for the international museum community.
  5. Weekly news and opportunities for working internationally.
  6. Priority booking and discount pricing for the annual Working Internationally Conference.

Read more about ICOM membership benefits at: http://icom.museum/join-us/benefits/

Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation – grants for working with Japan

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation has announced that the next applications deadline for its grants making programme is the 15th December 2017. Through its grant making programme cultural organisations, universities and schools; etc. that wish to develop links with Japan and Japanese schools are able to apply for funding. The Foundation's grants average £1,500 to £2,000 and do not normally exceed £5,000-£6,000 for larger-scale projects. Grants are available to support the study of the Japanese language and culture, School, Education and Youth exchanges.

You can read more about the grant criteria and previous projects funded on the website: http://www.gbsf.org.uk/

ICOM UK statement on Hurricane Irma and the UK Overseas Territories

Hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane, was active from 30 August to 15 September, sweeping across the Caribbean, and the five islands, including Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and the Turks and Caicos Islands, known as the UK Overseas Territories (UKOT), with devastating effect.  Hurricane Irma was closely followed by Jose and Maria.  It is still early days in terms of knowing the full extent of the impact on museums in the UKOT.

Nigel Sadler, an ICOM UK executive committee member, former Director of the Turks and Caicos National Museum 2000-2006 and President of the Museums Association of the Caribbean (MAC) 2003-2006, has been in touch with former colleagues.  ICOM UK is contributing to the information being gathered by ICOM and as a founding member of UK Blue Shield, is contributing to the committee’s response. [Meetings are taking place this week, UKBS on 26 Sept, and ICOM UK Executive Committee on 29 Sept.]

News is slowly coming out of the region. A formal news release has been issued by the Turks and Caicos National Museum. The museum consists of two buildings: an historic house which holds the exhibitions behind which is a modern purpose-built office, storage and lab space. Due to the wind direction the new building protected the historic house but unfortunately modern building suffered water damage in the labs and office area, damaging equipment and causing severe damage to the historic map collection. In recent days the Turks and Caicos National Museum has reported that the staff and their family are fine, but ‘it is anticipated that restoring water and electricity to Grand Turk could take weeks or months. Heat, high humidity, and lack of electricity means the exhibits, collections, and files remain at risk. Insurance will eventually help repair and replace some things. It will not cover the costs of damage assessment and conservation to the collections, exhibits, books, and files, or the ongoing costs for fuel to power generators’.  See https://www.tcmuseum.org/

We are awaiting news from the other Islands. Unfortunately, without fresh water and electricity, and staff members struggling to cope with their own disasters at home, along with these underfunded museums not generally holding stocks of material to aid recovery, this is going to be a difficult and long road of recovery.

The Museums Association of the Caribbean (MAC) has issued a press statement.  They are working with ‘the guidance of international organisations such as UNESCO, ICOM and ICOM’s Disaster Risk Management Committee, and ‘plan to co-ordinate funding from granting agencies, for one overall comprehensive assessment of the damage both to collections and facilities’.  MAC has set up a Facebook page for resources and for cultural heritage sites affected to submit status reports.

MAC Facebook Page Regarding Irma and Cultural Heritage: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MuseumsIrma

MAC Website: http://www.caribbeanmuseums.com/

We will provide further information as it becomes available and as the specific requirements become clearer. If members are in contact with colleagues in the UKOT we would welcome reports.


Nigel Sadler, ICOM UK Executive Committee Member

Fiona Macalister ACR FMA, ICOM UK Executive Committee Member                      

25 September 2017

ICOM Statement Natural Disasters Affecting Cultural Heritage

This article was originally posted here http://icom.museum/news/news/article/icom-statement-natural-disasters-affecting-cultural-heritage/L/0/

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) wishes to express its sorrow and its solidarity with the people located in the parts of the Caribbean islands, Mexico, Guatemala, and United States of America that have been deeply affected by the recent succession of deadly natural disasters.

The world museum community, represented through ICOM’s 37,000 members in 140 countries, is pained by the loss of lives and the destructions caused by the hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria, and by the three successive earthquakes that struck Mexico and Guatemala. Those disasters have permanently affected the living environment and livelihood of millions of people, as well as caused irreparable damage to invaluable cultural heritage. Such dramatic events also remind us that the damage from natural disasters is amplified by global climate change.

In the aftermath of those natural disasters, the immediate priority has been to locate the missing, and to attend to the injured and homeless. While humanitarian organisations continue to carry out their mission saving lives, ICOM will place the expertise of museum professionals at the disposal of colleagues and institutions in affected areas in order to support cultural heritage damage assessment, salvage, stabilization, and recovery.

ICOM Disaster Risk Management Committee (ICOM-DRMC) is currently liaising with colleagues living in the affected regions to gather further information on both the situation in the area and on the possible needs and types of help required so as to mobilise its networks accordingly.

Everyone is invited to report information about damages to cultural property affected by disasters.

The DRMC can be contacted through its e-mail address drmc@icom.museum or its Facebook page.

The Disaster Risk Management Committee is a Standing Committee of ICOM dedicated to emergency response for museums. DRMC gathers museum-related professionals from different parts of the world that monitor cultural heritage emergencies and stand ready to provide advice and assistance to international colleagues and their institutions upon request. For more information on the DRMC’s mission and its members, please visit ICOM’s website.

Download ICOM Statement Natural Disasters Affecting Cultural Heritage

This article was originally posted here http://icom.museum/news/news/article/icom-statement-natural-disasters-affecting-cultural-heritage/L/0/

2017 Blue Shield General Assembly

This article was originally posted here http://www.icomos.org/en/178-english-categories/news/9776-blue-shield-general-assembly

The Blue Shield, of which ICOMOS is a founding member, held its 2017 General Assembly in Vienna (Austria) from 12 to 15 September. We were represented by Kirsti Kovanen, ICOMOS Secretary General & ICOMOS Finland member, and Bijan Rouhani, Vice President of ICORP (our International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness), who is our representative on the Blue Shield Board. In addition, a strong delegation of ICOMOS members active in their National Blue Shield Committees from Australia, Italy, Norway, Japan and Poland, among other countries, were also present. For more information, click here.

ICOM UK Committee Member, Fiona Macalister, is ICOM UK's representative to UK Blue Shield.

Visit the UK Blue Shield website for further information: https://www.unesco.org.uk/designation/blue-shield

This article was originally posted here http://www.icomos.org/en/178-english-categories/news/9776-blue-shield-general-assembly

An intense conference addressing demanding issues for today’s museums

This article was originally posted here http://icom.museum/news/news/article/an-intense-conference-addressing-demanding-issues-for-todays-museums/L/0/

ICOM Germany and ICOM Nord (ICOM Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark) organised a joint conference in Helsingborg, Sweden, from 21 to 23 September. Continuing with the theme of International Museum Day 2017, "Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums", participants tackled the “difficult issues” that arise in all aspects of museum work.

The choice of topic continued to prove its relevance, as many quickly related to the situations studied during the conference and expressed the need for exchange and the development of common strategies when dealing with difficult stories. One of the first keywords given was 'unease', the inevitable feeling that museum professionals and visitors get when confronted with difficult issues. Collecting this kind of narrative is impossible without fostering a trusting relationship with the people involved in them, adding an emotional dimension to the mission of dealing with these objects and stories. The close relationship between the ways in which museums tackle difficult issues and their political freedom was an underlying issue in several presentations, as well as difficult issues around gender, ethical challenges and museum public responsibilities.

A challenge for the present

While interpreting and remembering a hurtful past is a difficult task, so is collecting and displaying the present. This issue was raised by ICOM's President, Suay Aksoy, during her opening speech.

“Reconciliation appears as a post-trauma action that takes place only after decades have passed. It takes time to prepare the communities for reconciliation. So, the earlier the efforts start, the earlier the peace is instituted. Then it is justified to ask, can we not do something when things are in the making —when they are happening? Why are museums able to talk about trauma only decades after it occurs? Is this era too fast for museums? Could it be that the format of our structures and their mode of operation require updating? But then… how much is this a matter of relevance for museums, how much does it serve their relevance?” she asked.

These questions might not have definite answers yet, but the conference has taken a big step towards fostering a conversation around the need for museums to tackle the unspeakable and actively engage with the communities they serve by making difficult stories seen and heard.

Read more : http://www.icom-helsingborg-2017.org/conference/

This article was originally posted here http://icom.museum/news/news/article/an-intense-conference-addressing-demanding-issues-for-todays-museums/L/0/

UK Winners of Heritage in Motion Awards announced

This article was originally posted here http://www.ne-mo.org/news/article/nc/1/nemo/winners-of-heritage-in-motion-awards-announced/346.html

The Awards were presented at the Macedonian National Theatre in Skopje, Macedonia on Friday, 29 September 2017. The annual multimedia competition honors creators of films, games, apps and websites related to Europe's cultural and natural heritage and is an initiative by the European Museum Academy (EMA) and Europa Nostra and is empowered by Europeana.

The Best Achievement Award was presented to the UK's Historic Palaces' project "The Lost Palace". It was recognised for the technological achievement as well as engaging aesthetics, design and concept.

The Athens Time Walk was honored as the Best App for Mobile Devices. While the cooperation of the Stockholm City Museum, the Stockholm City Archive, the Stockholm City Library and the City of Stockholm Administration of Education received the award for the best website: Stockholmskällan. The Exhibition on Screen project was recognised in the category film and video for bringing exhibitions to over 1500 cinemas since 2009.

Two Special Mentions went to The Next Rembrandt project from ING Bank and Signly with Signly @ The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.

For further information and a press release, please see the Heritage in Motion website

This article was originally posted here http://www.ne-mo.org/news/article/nc/1/nemo/winners-of-heritage-in-motion-awards-announced/346.html