UNESCO/ICOM National Training on Museum Management for Museum Specilaists of the Russian Federation
The UNESCO/ICOM National Training «Running a Museum» for museum specialists of the Russian Federation will be carried out in Kazan on 7-10 September 2009 within the framework of the UNESCO Moscow Office’s long-term project aimed at conducting a series of regional and national capacity-building trainings for CIS countries in museum management. These trainings are based on the UNESCO/ICOM Museum Studies Training Package within the agreement between UNESCO and the Intergovernmental Foundation for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Cooperation (IFESCCO) on cooperation in the field of museum development in the CIS countries.
The Training is prepared by the National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan in association with ICOM Russia, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan, with the organizational and financial support of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Moscow and IFESCCO. The programme of the Training is based on the UNESCO/ICOM Museum Studies Training Package including educational DVD with materials and elaborations of the UNESCO/ICOM Regional Training “Running a Museum – XXI century”, which took place in St. Petersburg on June 29 – July 6, 2008.
The museum training in Kazan will bring together 30 museum specialists from major Russian museums across the country. There will be a real mixture of professional experience, age, and specialization. This approach in particular will encourage in its best way the exchange of experience, information and opinions in related fields. The training will provide an opportunity to acquire new knowledge, skills and exchange work experience, identify problems accumulated in museum practices and trends in the development of museums in Russia at the present stage. Training participants will receive the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct classes for their colleagues at the local level.
The training programme involves lectures, presentations as well as practical classes and team work. Training participants will discuss a wide range of issues: the problems of professional ethics, safety, questions related to exhibition arrangement and developing new expositions, visitors service, legal aspects of museum work, implementation of educational programmes, tourism and museum marketing. An important focus of the training will be the role of museums in a 21st century context of mass communication and globalization and their significance in the formation of national identity and in forming positive attitudes to historical and cultural heritage and the collective memory of generations.
The UNESCO/ICOM Trainings aim at increasing capacities of museum professionals in museum management and strengthening the role of museums as access points to knowledge on cultural heritage and cultural diversity by improving the educational content of museums particularly by using ICTs, as well as by enhancing the protection of cultural objects, the fight against illicit trafficking and reinforcing museum networks as factors of social cohesion and intercultural dialogue.