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International Museum Day 2014

IMD14International Museum Day 2014 (IMD14) will be upon us in just a few weeks. The museum community has chosen the theme “Museum collections make connections” for 2014 celebrations of International Museum Day. It’s a great way to promote the importance of museums in New Zealand, as well as providing an opportunities to give your visitors something special. If you’re looking for inspiration to get you started, here are few ideas to get you started.

  • Use your website or Facebook to run a series of short features from staff (or invited guests) on items from the collection they connect with, and join these up as a Museums Day celebration (e.g. http://dowse.org.nz/about/collection/smisek_yunomi/)
  • Use Facebook or Twitter (or your favourite social media platform) to ask people what their favourite / most memorable collection item is (especially good if your collection is digitised)
  • Use post-it notes or postcards etc to ask the same question onsite, and display the responses
  • Offer a behind-the-scenes collection tour on 18 May
  • Have your director, board chair or someone special to the organisation write a short piece on your museum’s collections creating connections, to publish online
  • Delight your visitors
  • Offer a lollipop, ballon for kids, or other cheap treat to every visitor on 18 May to celebrate International Museums Day
  • Offer discounted or free entry to a paid event/exhibition on 18 May
  • Invite visitors to enter a draw with a special prize running just on 18 May. Remember to give them the option of signing up to your newsletter when you collect contact details.
  • Delight your staff
  • Shout people working on 18 May morning tea for Museums Day.
  • Media opportunities
  • Got a great story about how museum collections create connections? Talk to your local paper or radio station about covering this for International Museums Day.

Find out more, and download a press back at the IMD14 website http://network.icom.museum/international-museum-day/news/detail/article/discover-the-theme-and-poster-for-international-museum-day-2014/

We need your help!

We are collecting information about how you are celebrating IMD14. Your activities will go into an international database at the Secretariat in Paris and be shared with other institutions around the world. We will include links to your activities and images, if you have them. Please fill out the form below.



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pozadina_7The National Bank of Serbia and the International Committee of Money and Banking Museums have announced an extension for applying to the participation in the Exhibition entitled “Educate to Win” that will take place during the XXI ICOMON Meeting, 1-4 July, Belgrade.  The new deadline is 11 April 2014.

For the Registration forms Invitation Call for Papers and the Call for a Joint Exhibition please visit the official Conference website:

http://www.icomonconference.nbs.rs/org.html or http://network.icom.museum/icomon/conferences/current-conference/
Participants are kindly asked to fill in the Registration Form and make the payment by no later than the end of May.

All applications to be forwarded to our colleague Vesna Kovac:

Vesna Kovač, Head of Unit
Governor’s Office / Communications Division
Exhibition and Education Unit – Visitor Centre
Kralja Petra 12 / 104130 Belgrade / Serbia
Tel.: + 381 11 302 7318 / Fax: + 381 11 328 2285
vesna.kovac@nbs.rs / www.nbs.rs

With best regards
Eleni Zapiti
ICOMON Secretary

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Keep up to date with the latest in the 3D printing industry

3D printing logoThe 3D printing industry is rapidly becoming mainstream, offering real potential to New Zealand’s museums. Keep up to date on the latest developments with this website. You can also subscribe to daily or weekly updates by contacting them at this link.

RoyboyIn their most recent news, an open source and 3D printed humanoid robot named “Roboy” celebrated his 1st birthday at Cebit 2014. What’s interesting about Roboy is that it’s modeled after the human muscle system, so it uses springs instead of motors. They provide a link the video from the Swiss firm Mobilegeeks where they interview one of the robot’s creators.

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ICME publishes new book – Museums and Truth‏

Museums and Truth CoverThe International Committee for Museums of Ethnography (ICME) an international committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) is proud to announce a new book, Museums and Truth. This collection of papers

Museums and Truth
Editor(s):Annette B. Fromm, Viv Golding, Per B. Rekdal

Contributors: Mario Buletic, Annette B. Fromm, Ann Siri Hegseth Garberg, Dr Viv Golding, Klas Grinell, Marie-Paule Jungblut, More…

Museums are usually seen as arenas for the authorised presentations of reality, based on serious, professional knowledge. Yet, in spite of the impossibility of giving anything but a highly abstract and extremely selective impression in an exhibition, very few museums problematize this or discuss their priorities with their public. They don’t ask “what are the other truths of the matter?” Though the essays in this collection are not written with museums and truth as their explicit subject, they highlight contested truths, the absence of the truth of the underprivileged, whether one truth is more worthy than the other, and whether lesser truths can dilute the value of greater truths. One of the articles included here lets youngsters choose which truth is most probable or just, while another talks about an exhibition where the public must choose which truth to adhere to before entering. One shows how a political change gives a new opportunity to finally restore valuable truths of the past to the present, and another describes the highly dangerous task of making museums and memorials for the truths of the oppressed. Lastly, one explores whether we live in a period where the sources for authorized truths are fragmented and questioned, and asks, what should the consequences for museums be?

Museums and Truth
Table of Contents:
Foreword – Annette B. Fromm
Preface – Viv Golding

Introduction – Per B. Rekdal

Part One: Truths, Faiths and Realities
Chapter One – Museums and Truths: The Elephant in the Room – Viv Golding

Part Two: Museums and ‘Difficult’ Heritage
Chapter Two – Peace is Never Neutral -
Per B. Rekdal

Chapter Three – Concepts of Remembrance and Commemoration – Bäerbel Kerkhoff Hader

Chapter Four – Proposing a Museum of Memory: Reparations and the Maya Achí
Genocide in Guatemala – Heidi McKinnon

Chapter Five – Towards which Reconciliation? Musealogical Approaches in the Istrian
Region – Mario Buletic

Chapter Six – Black Holes of Memory: Defining a Norwegian Museum of Human
Rights – Leiv Sem
Part Three: Coping with Old Realities in New Settings
Chapter Seven – Framing Religious World Views in Museum Presentations – Anette Rein

Chapter Eight – Murder and Manslaughter: An Exhibition about Life – Marie-Paul Jungblut and Simon Schweizer

Chapter Nine – Minda, the Girl in the Pharmacy: An Educational Program on Sexual
Assault – Ann Siri Hegseth Garberg

Part Four: Emerging Postnormality in Museums?
Chapter Ten – Challenging Normality: Museums In/As Public Space – Klas Grinell

ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5449-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5449-2
Date of Publication: 01/02/2014
Price: £44.99


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New Fee Structure for ICOM New Zealand

The ICOM Secretariat has upgraded New Zealand’s status from a Category 2 country (based on our GDP) to a Category 1. This means, unavoidably, an increase in fees for New Zealanders. Starting with all new memberships, and renewals as of 1 January 2015, the fees will be as follows:

Fee structure 2014

Please let us know if there’s any aspect of this you need to discuss.

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SAVE THE DATE – ICOM New Zealand Conference in Auckland 22-23 September 2014

Auckland_War_Memorial_Museum_rectThis year, Auckland Museum have generously offered to host the 2014 ICOM New Zealand conference, on the 22nd and 23rd of September. The theme of the conference will focus on Research in the Pacific, however within this, a number of sub-themes will be explored.

Hans-Martin HinzWe are also fortunate to have as our keynote speaker Dr. Hans-Martin Hinz, President of ICOM. We will post a call for papers, conference registration and a full schedule very shortly. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.







In the meantime, you can help us by telling us whether you would like to go on a one-day post-conference tour on the 24th of September, and if so what you would like to see. To respond, just fill out the poll below.

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logo_comcolWelcome To COMCOL Annual Conference 2014, 3-6 December, in Celje, Slovenia



COMCOL (International Committee for Collecting) invites papers from museum
professionals, researchers and and students that address the impact of
changing ideological perspectives on the formation and development of
collections, including, but not limited to, the following topics:

- The triangular relationship between political & social ideology, museum
mission and collection profile.
- The adaptation of museum missions to ideologies and adaptation of
collection profiles to new missions.
- Using collections to memorialize WW I.

Abstracts for presentation:
Presentations should be 20 minutes in length. Please send a 200-300 words
abstract, a short biographical note and contact details to:
comcolcelje@gmail.com by March 15, 2014. The proposals will be reviewed by a
working group. Successful proposals will be acknowledged by May 1, 2014.

The aim of COMCOL is to discuss the theory, practice and ethics of
collection development. One of the issues is the social context of
collection development, in particular the impact of prevailing ideologies.
The 2014 annual conference is the last of a series of three conferences in
which COMCOL explores this issue from different perspectives.  In 2012 (Cape
Town) we discussed how the concept of utopia influenced (and influences) the
forming of collections. In 2013 (Rio de Janeiro) we discussed the
re-interpretation of older collections, focusing on exhibitions as medium
for re-interpretation. In 2014 we would like to explore the triangular
relationship between ideology, institutional mission and collection profile.
In particular we would like to explore how museum missions are influenced by
changes in political ideologies and regimes, and to what extent collection
profiles are adapted to the new missions.

During the conference we would like to focus on theoretical views and
different recent and contemporary examples. Since in recent decades
significant regime changes took/are taking place in different parts of the
world, we would like to ask participants to look at the impact of changing
ideological perspectives on the formation and development of collections.
Furthermore, the conference takes place in the year in which the start of
World War I is commemorated – a war that had a huge impact on political
developments in Central Europe and in other parts of the world. How did
museum collections respond to the aftermath of the turmoil of war, and how
are they being used in today¹s commemorations?

Conference partners:
National Committee of ICOM Slovenia
Museum of Recent History Celje ­ department School of museology Celje

Conference information:
More details on the conference will soon be available on COMCOL website


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