Best practices in museum management: dealing with difficult heritage, educating on history
This workshop is organized on the occasion of the international exhibit “Hitler and the Germans. Nation and Crime”, which takes place at the German Historical Museum (15 October 2010-27 February 2011),
This workshop is a direct follow-up to the international conference on "National History Museums in Southeast Europe: learning history, building shared memories" (Thessaloniki, Greece, 18-19 October 2010), recently organized by the UNESCO Venice Office, in cooperation with the Hellenic National Commission. Will participate in the workshop senior representatives and chief curators from the German Historical Museum, as well as museum directors and experts from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey. Are also invited directors and high level experts from other European museum and professional institutions (Peace Memorial in Caen, France; National Museum of the Risorgimento in Turin, Italy; International Association of Museums of History). The meeting will address three main topics: A museum’s mission and interrelated roles: dealing with "difficult heritage" issues in historical museums; The making of a historical exhibit: financing; preparation; exhibition’s design; approaches and methods; pedagogical tools; communication and outreach activities; The social and educational role of a history museum: educating on history and building shared memories. This conference will serve as a platform of work and discussion for museum curators from the South East European region on how to deal in history museums with "difficult heritage" and conflicting memory discourses, in particular in relation to issues of crime, violence and genocide. The meeting is expected to promote best practices in museum management, enhance the history museums’ new responsibilities with regards to intercultural dialogue, and strengthen the working relations among European and South East European museum curators in order to share good practices and identify common themes of interest for future joint activities. Beyond, it will also serve to raise awareness on the significance and understanding of the Holocaust, through quality education and innovative museology, and is therefore placed under the aegis of the commemorations of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day (27 January).
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