01.10.2010 -

International conference on National History Museums in South-East Europe. Thessaloniki, Greece. 18-19 October 2010

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In cooperation with the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO, and with the support of the Archeological Museum of Thessaloniki, the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki, the ICOM Regional Alliance for South-East Europe, and the UNESCO Chair in intercultural policy (Thessaloniki), the UNESCO Venice Office is organizing an international conference entitled “National History Museums in South-East Europe: Learning History, building shared memories”, to be held on 18-19 October 2010 in Thessaloniki, Greece.


This conference is organized within the framework of the “International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures” (2010), and will gather various experts, history museums directors, curators and historians across the region and beyond, so as to hold a comparative exchange of views on the role and function of prominent History Museums  today.

The meeting will serve to develop recommendations on strategies, methods and policies conducive to the transformation and development of history museums; discuss their function as innovative educational tools; enhance a better knowledge of their role as critical tools for intercultural dialogue and development; propose new interdisciplinary perspectives on European history and on the notion of “shared memories”; identify new forms of cooperation, exchanges and partnerships between these history museums within the region and beyond.

Four round-tables are envisaged: “National history museums today: mission statements, goals and objectives, strategies”; “National history museums, education and intercultural dialogue: new perspectives on history and memory in Europe “; “Transforming national history museums in modern cultural institutions: education, communication, research”; “National and international exchanges, networks, partnerships: a new vision for South-East European and European history museums”.

The conference will comprise museum directors and experts from Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey. Are also invited directors and high level experts from other European museums, professional institutions or international organizations to allow for an exchange of ideas and best practices (Peace Memorial in Caen, Museum of Europe in Brussels, German Historical Museum in Berlin, National Museum of the Risorgimento in Turin, Council of Europe, International Association of Museums of History, ICOM South-East European Regional Alliance).

The conference will also help to support and enhance the various projects developed by UNESCO in South-East Europe to promote quality museum management, intercultural dialogue and sustainable development. In particular, in Albania, transforming the National History Museum in Tirana into a modern institution is the flagship activity of the MDG-F Joint Programme on `Culture and Heritage for Social and Economic Development` which is being implemented jointly with UNDP under the leadership of UNESCO in close cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports of Albania.


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- Archeological Museum of Thessaloniki : http://www.amth.gr/

- Museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki : http://www.mbp.gr/

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