An international museum network for collecting issues
All over the world museums are engaged in contemporary issues, collecting, and research. Creating knowledge through continuous and well thought-out collecting is a basis for the future development of museums. Questions arising today are how museums can study and collect the global society, and how museum collections can represent the increasingly complex and diverse audiences that they serve. New conditions, scientific, ideological and ethical considerations have consequences for collecting policies and practices – for the cultural heritage, embracing both material and immaterial aspects of human life that museums produce and preserve. The challenge is common and museums need to learn about each other’s views, methods, and experiences.
Collecting issues are relevant for all museums, irrespective of their size and subject field. Collaboration across borders is essential for the development of museums as knowledge institutions. Therefore, museum professionals from twenty countries, gathered at the conference Connecting Collecting at the Nordiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, 15-16 November 2007, have initiated the formation of an international collecting network. The aim is to become a forum for extended dialogue and collaboration on the meanings and implications of the museums’ mission to collect, on collecting policies and practices, and on the role of collecting in museum work in general.
In connection with the conference a working group has been formed, with the commission to develop the tasks of the network and to initiate a dialogue with ICOM regarding the forthcoming application process for the establishment of a new international ICOM committee.
Welcome to join the network by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. This email address has not been in use since 2010.
you can also use this address for questions about the network.
On behalf of the collecting network,