11.10.2010 -

UNESCO supports National History Museums in South East Europe

© Museum of EuropeExhibition It's our History! 1989 : La chute du mur/La fin de l'URSS

The international conference entitled “National History Museums in South-East Europe: Learning History, building shared memories” will take place on 18-19 October 2010 in Thessaloniki, Greece. This conference is organized in cooperation with the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Archeological Museum of Thessaloniki, the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki, the ICOM (International Council of Museums)-Regional Alliance for South-East Europe, the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural Policy (Thessaloniki) and the UNESCO Venice Office.


Organized within the framework of the UNESCO International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2010), experts, history museums directors, curators and historians across the SEE and Mediterranean Region will have an opportunity to share and exchange comparative views so to identify and 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 sustainable development; propose new interdisciplinary perspectives on European history such as the notion of “shared memories”; elaborate new forms of cooperation and partnerships between history museums situated within a region rich of cultural history.

The 4 round-tables will discuss:

“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”.

Participants will include museum directors and experts from Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey. Also invited are directors and high level experts from other European museums, professional institutions or international organizations such as the 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 focus on supporting and enhancing various projects developed by UNESCO in South-East Europe to promote quality museum management. The pilot project currently under implementation in Tirana, Albania of the transformation of its National History Museum into a modern institution is the flagship activity of the MDG-F Joint Programme on `Culture and Heritage for Social and Economic Development`, implemented jointly with UNDP under the leadership of UNESCO in close cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports of Albania. 

Mr Engelbert Ruoss, Director of the UNESCO Venice Office pointed out that “this is an excellent example of how we can assure an increased role of cultural heritage in economic and social opportunities and engage communities in museum development strategies, as a tool for social cohesion and cultural understanding”.


Author(s): UNESCO Venice Media Advisory N°2010-07

Source: UNESCOVENICE PRESS 11-10-2010

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