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International Museum Day & European Night of Museums

Posted in resources by Editor on May 13, 2011

Press release from the IMD:

International Museum Day – Museum and Memory: Objects Tell Your Story
18 May 2011

On and around 18 May, museums worldwide will celebrate International Museum Day. Established in 1977 by the International Council of Museums, more than 30,000 museums in around 100 countries will hold special activities on this occasion. In 2011, the theme of International Museum Day is Museum and Memory. Through the objects they store, museums collect stories and convey the memory of our communities. These objects are the expressions of our natural and cultural heritage. Many of them are fragile, some endangered and they need special care and conservation. International Museum Day 2011 will be an occasion for visitors to discover and rediscover individual and collective memory. . . .

The conservation and transmission of collective memory is a preoccupation for other heritage players, beyond the museum community. For this reason, for the first time ever, the International Council of Museums has initiated close institutional partnerships with other organisations that feel concerned by these questions and share ICOM’s preoccupation for the preservation of memory: the UNESCO “Memory of the World” programme, the Co-ordinating council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA), the International Council on Archives (ICA), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). In addition, ICOM will be a patron of the European Night of Museums on 14 May, 2011 for the first time since the event was launched. . . .

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The European Night of Museums / La Nuit Européenne des Musées
14 May 2011

The European Night of Museums was created in 2005 by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. During a late-night opening, visitors can discover, for free, museums’ collections and all the special events organised for the festival. The Night of Museums aims to make museums more accessible to the general public and in particular to a new younger public and to federate a network of European museums around a common festive and friendly event. In 2010, more than 3,000 European museums in 40 different countries participated in the Night of Museums.

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