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Museums Scramble to Document the Pandemic, Even as It Unfolds

This article was first published in the New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/31/arts/design/museums-coronavirus-pandemic-artifacts.html With photographs, field interviews and mass surveys, institutions are trying to preserve information about everyday life during the crisis for future study. Late Friday evening, Finland’s most populous region cut itself off from the rest of the country. By the time ...
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Can Palais de Lomé Change Arts Funding Models in Africa?

This article was first published by Frieze https://frieze.com/article/can-palais-de-lome-change-arts-funding-models-africa Festive scenes unfolded in Lomé’s botanical park in late November last year, as drummers and colourfully clad moko jumbies, or stilt walkers, entertained guests – including President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé and artist Kehinde Wiley – at the inauguration of the Palais de Lomé, Togo’s ...
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DCMS Museums and Galleries Sector Coronavirus Bulletin – 20 April 2020

Below is a link to download the latest coronavirus bulletin from DCMS for the museums and galleries sector, containing links to government information.  The updates this week are primarily on the Job Retention Scheme: the online claim service has been launched today the scheme has been extended until the end of June the cut-off ...
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ICOMUK #ConnectedMuseums Campaign

Last week ICOM UK started a Twitter campaign to connect museums around the UK and the world during the Covid-19 pandemic. The campaign hashtags are: #ConnectedMuseums (seed)      #ICOMConnectedCollections (branch)      #ICOMCommenctedPeople (branch)   How can ICOM UK members get involved?    #ICOMConnectedCollections Reply to seed tweet with: An image from a collection you love A fact or ...
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ICOM UK Working Group Report on the ICOM Definition of a Museum

ICOM (International Council of Museums) proposed a new ‘museum definition’ at the 25th Extraordinary General Assembly of ICOM in Kyoto in autumn 2019.  This definition was intended to update and replace the current definition approved by ICOM members in 2007.   The proposed definition was drafted by a committee that had ...
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Survey deadline extended and NEMO publishes results of survey on the impact of the corona crisis on museums in Europe

The impacts of the corona crisis have been severe on museums all over Europe. In the past two weeks, NEMO has carried out a survey to look at how the situation has impacted museum budgets and operations, how museums cope in these times, how they re-organise their structures and offer ...
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Notes from webinar: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and museums: impact, innovations and planning for post-crisis

Along with the tourism industry, cultural and creative sectors are among the most affected by the current coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. The current crisis is particularly critical for cultural and creative sectors due to the sudden and massive loss of revenue opportunities, especially for the more fragile players. Some actors benefit from ...
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DCMS Museums and Galleries Sector Coronavirus Bulletin – 14 April 2020

Below is a link to download a PDF bulletin from DCMS for the museums and galleries sector on coronavirus, containing links to government information.  It includes links to government information, with updates on: the Job Retention Scheme, the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme the Arts Council England funds for organisations outside of the National ...
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How museums in Beijing, China are managing during the Covid-19 pandemic

On Sunday 5th April, after being closed since January 25th, China’s Palace Museum in Beijing (also known as the Forbidden City) went live online attracting more than 1.7 million views. Catherine McDermott, ICOM UK Secretary, asked Feng Sun, Project Director and Associate Research Fellow of China International Exhibition Agency of China ...
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How museums in Korea are managing during the Covid-19 pandemic

South Korea was one of the first countries to tackle Covid-19.  Catherine McDermott, ICOM UK Secretary, talks to Tiffany Yun, Senior Deputy Director – PR at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea about how they are responding.   CMD: Would you tell us about how Seoul is coping ...
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