Museums have no borders,
they have a network
Heritage embraces more than collections of objects or monuments, it includes intangible manifestations such as traditions of living expressions. The ICOM definition of a museum recognises the role of museums in the preservation and protection of both “the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity”. Museums can contribute significantly to the safeguarding of intangible heritage, using their mandate, infrastructures and resources to develop creative initiatives about its preservation.
“Museums and Intangible Heritage” was the theme of ICOM’s 20th General Conference that took place in Seoul in 2004. This conference aimed at raising awareness about the importance of intangible heritage for cultural and biodiversity, and gathered 1,462 participants from more than 100 countries.
One of the long-term outcomes of the Seoul General Conference is the International Journal of Intangible Heritage, published by the National Folk Museum of Korea since 2006. This publication is an academic and professional journal dedicated to the promotion of the understanding of every aspect of intangible heritage worldwide.
The Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums Project (IMP), which started in 2017, explores the variety of approaches and practices on ICH in museums in Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and France. IMP fosters cross disciplinary peer learning, develops professional skills and tools and creates international networking possibilities for the exchange of good practices. ICOM contributes to the project as a member of the Think Tank, through its participation in the international conferences, expert meetings and technical meetings for the implementation of the toolbox. The Think Tank’s mission is to act as an advisory board and provide views, opinions and expertise. This project is supported by the Creative Europe Programme, the European Commission’s framework programme aimed at strengthening cultural diversity.
Five international conferences and expert meetings are organised on the connections between ICH and the following themes: museums and diversity, participation, urban societies, innovation and cultural policies. The IMP website gathers resources such as reports of the meetings, keynote speeches, position papers, bibliography. It also hosts the toolkit which provides museums professionals with methodological tools for safeguarding ICH.
 Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums Project (IMP)
The 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage defines Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and highlights its role in the preservation of cultural diversity. It is a living form of heritage (oral traditions, performing arts, social practices…) inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, providing a sense of identity. As an expression of its involvement in the safeguarding of ICH, and the implementation of 2003 Convention, ICOM obtained an accreditation and provide advisory functions to the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee of Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage.
We are pleased to announce the publication of the new Dictionary of Museology (French edition), jointly published by Armand Colin (Dunod) and ICOM, and edited by François Mairesse.

The Dictionary of Museology is the product of several years of research and contributions by an international team of experts and authors. More than 1,200 entries, arranged into seven themes, analyse and contextualise terms used in the museum field, from the most academic (exhibition, artefact, intangible heritage, cabinet of curiosity) to the most contemporary (NFT, memory spots, cybermuseum…).

We hope that the Dictionary of Museology will allow its readers to use a common language, accessible to museum professionals of all disciplines and cultures.

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Sep 7
ICOM is offering a Special Grants round in response to the war in #Ukraine and its impacts on neighbouring countries. Open to countries which are supporting, or wanting to support, Ukrainian #museums and #museumprofessionals.

🕒Deadline: 14 Oct

🗓️Join our dedicated Q&A Session on 20 Septembre 2022, 14:00- 15:00 (CET)

How to apply, Q&A Registration form (EN, FR, ES) 👉link in bio

Sep 5
📣The 17th volume of the International Journal of Intangible Heritage has been published online🤳

This volume explores themes such as folklore and mythology🕵️‍♀️, festivals and rituals📜, museology, craft, and aspects of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, through diverse contributions from 🇧🇪Belgium, 🇰🇭Cambodia, 🇨🇳China, 🇮🇳India, 🇰🇷Korea, 🇵🇪Peru, 🇵🇭the Philippines, 🇿🇦South Africa, 🇪🇸Spain and 🇹🇷Turkey among others.

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Sep 1
📍#ICOMPrague2022 yet another milestone in #ICOM history, we have been overjoyed to see you at the biggest #museum event, 26th General Conference of International Council of Museums.

💌Thank you to all who followed us on site in #Prague and online.

Here is a glimpse of what we have been up to 🌐📽️
See you at #ICOMDubai2025!

Stay tuned 🧭

🟢#sustainability 🟢#leadership 🟢 #digitisation 🟢 #communitybuilding🟢

Aug 31
Take a look at 🔹off-site meetings bringing together museum and heritage experts to ICOM institutional member #museums in and outside of Prague held by the 32 ICOM International Committees, and 🔹40 excursions arranged by #ICOMPrague2022 to get to know the host country #VisitCzechRepublic & ICOM institutional members that we are delighted to share with you this #TravelTuesday.

Aug 30
🔵#ICOMPrague2022 DAY 3🔵

'Delivery: #Museums and New #Technologies' – the last panel of the Conference – centered around the link between the visitor experience and the digital offer.

The results of the 18 months of consultation and analysis were detailed at the round table “The power of Museum Definition: a common museum base”, followed by the vote on the #MuseumDefinition proposal during the Extraordinary General Assembly and the vote on the 2022-28 ICOM Strategic Plan, the Resolutions and the 2022-25 elections of the new ICOM President and the Executive Board during the Ordinary General Assembly.

Finally, the Organising Committee of ICOM Prague 2022 symbolically passed the ICOM Flag to ICOM United Arab Emirates @icom_uae, who will hold the 27th ICOM General Conference in Dubai in 2025.

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Aug 25
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Two-fifths of #museums in the 🇳🇱Netherlands ended 2021 in the red: visitor numbers dropped in 2021 to 11.8 million, down 37%📉 from the 13.2 million people who visited a year earlier I @DutchNewsNL 🔗
📍Want to host our next annual #Demhistconference?Please note the deadline for proposals:
September the 30th.
Hurry up!!
All the info you need👉
“By acquiring #artefacts with unclear provenance, #museums and collectors are directly supporting the #illicit trade of cultural objects or blood antiquities” I @ChannelNewsAsia ⌨️
Aboriginal #culturalheritage projects to receive $500,000 boost – double the previous year’s funding I @WAGovernment 🖱️
#Museum personnel should acknowledge and endorse the need for cooperation and consultation between institutions with similar interests and collecting practices.

#ICOMCodeofEthics 📘
🇬🇷La Grèce signe un accord avec 🇺🇸les États-Unis pour la #restitution d’antiquités: le Parlement grec a ratifié un accord historique pour la restitution d’une importante collection archéologique américaine I @JDAofficiel 🔗
A scrap of a Dead Sea Scroll that mysteriously ended up in Montana has been returned to #Israel: the relic, which is just about the size of a postage stamp, ended up an ocean away from Israel in unclear circumstances | @artnet 📜

Co-Creation During the COVID-19 Lockdown: My Wachau
by Isabelle Fiedler. 
Discover how the State Gallery of Lower Austria teamed up with a primary school to integrate children voices in the museum narrative 📖
In “largest return” in Central American History, 🇳🇱Netherlands sends 300+ artifacts back to 🇵🇦Panama #restitution I @hyperallergic 💡
Museums hold resources that provide opportunities for other public services and benefits.

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