The annual network-meeting and conference 2017

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The annual network-meeting and conference 2017

Time: September 18, 2017 at 1pm to September 20, 2017 at 2pm
Location: Ålands Museum
City/Town: Mariehamn
Website or Map: http:/…
Event Type: meeting, conference
Organized By: Ulrika Mebus
Latest Activity: Aug 29, 2017

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Event Description

Museums as year-round experience; challenges and possibilities

Attracting visitors to Nordic Museums in the cold season is challenging. Still this season offers unique possibilities experiencing new dimensions such as more space and peace, darkness and coldness. These qualities could be developed into programs and events that seem exotic and exclusive to foreign visitors during a season when travelling and accommodation is at its cheapest. Also winter-weekends means good opportunities offering special activities for families and other local visitors.

Though there are some obstacles to overcome. Open air museums face certain difficulties due to lack of warm locations. The infrastructure in low-season is another problem, since many service-points in smaller communities close down from autumn until spring. Looking outside the box, actively cooperating with partners in other sectors of society could mean more active museums wintertime. This in its turn creating new dynamic in the nearby society as well as contributing to social, economic and cultural development.


Contributions concerning these issues are welcome. Please share your good practices, learnt lessons, plans and visions by registering to the conference at the link no later than September 4th


The meeting starts with lunch around 13.00 the first day, September 18th and ends after the excursion around 13.30 the third day, September 20th

(Back-to-back with the Baltmus meeting The Annual Event 2017 and the European Cooperation Day is taking place in Mariehamn on 20-21 September )

You’ll find perfect information on how to get there and accommodation at the web-page of the European Annual Event 2017

To prepare for the conference and start to share, we’ll use the already existing Web-exhibition “Four seasons in the Baltic” to tell about each museum during all seasons. Please, feel free to add stories and pictures. Need technical support? Contact network-coordinator Ulrika Mebus


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BALTMUS Annual Network Forum 4th - 8th April 2018 in Gdynia City Museum.

 The 2018 Annual Forum of Network of Museums took place in Gdynia City Museum between April 4th and April 8th, 2018. This forum marks the beginning of three-year presidency period for Gdynia City Museum. The task of coordinating the operations of the network bring excitement and expectation of an interesting challenge.

Forum gathered 32 representatives of 11 of the institutions gathered in the Network and five local museums. The first day of the Forum was devoted to the host institution. Our guest were given a curatorial tour of the exhibition “Gdynia – an Open Work”, the core exhibition of Gdynia City Museum. The tour was conducted by Ms. Agata Abramowicz, the Deputy Director of the Museum and one of the curators of the core exhibition. Later they took part in the opening event of the exhibition “Co Widzisz?” (What Do You See?), which uses a great selection from the vast photo collections of Gdynia City Museum to illustrate various roles of photography and the types of human perception. During the event the members of the forum were greeted by the Director of Gdynia City Museum, Dr. Jacek Friedrich, and the Deputy Mayor of Gdynia, Ms. Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała.

The second day, Friday 6th April, was devoted to the conference. First Dr. Łukasz Jasiński presented the international exchange framework entitled “Common Sea – Common Museums”, aimed at promoting peer-to-peer exchanges between the member institutions of the Network. Further discussions concentrated on two key subjects, pre-selected by the guest in an online query: Art, history, education – how to achieve synergy between different activities? And How to appeal to the visitors? In the ensuing discussions the members of the Forum agreed that while multiplying various programs aimed at attracting more visitors to the museums is effective, sometimes it might result in heavy pressure on the museum workers. During the conference Ms. Ulrika Mebus (Gotland Museum), who had coordinated the Network, presented the annual report of the forum and a few remarks of encouragement to the new coordinators from Gdynia.

On Saturday 7th April the members of the conference were invited to join a workshop on the “What Do You See?” exhibition, conducted by its curator, Ms. Agnieszka Pajączkowska. Our guests were given a unique insight into the aims of the exhibition and were encouraged to provide their insights on various elements of the exhibition. Later the group travelled to Gdańsk to visit the European Solidarity Centre, located on the site of the Gdańsk Shipyard famous from workers’ protests against Communist oppression in 1980.

Sunday, 8th April was an extra-curricular day for some of the guests. The programme included a visit in the Emigration Museum in Gdynia, where a curatorial tour was given by Dr. Michalina Petelska, one of the creators of the exhibition. The visit in this modern, narrative museum marked the end of the Annual Forum in Gdynia.

Gdynia City Museum takes the three-year presidency of the Network. We do hope that the success of the April Forum will be a good omen for the next tree years of Forum’s operations.

European Year of Cultural heritage 2018

Council and European Parliament have decided establishing a European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. 

Cultural heritage encompasses resources from the past in a variety of forms and aspects.

The aim of this initiative is to raise awareness of European history and values and to strengthen a sense of European identity. At the same time, it draws attention to the opportunities offered by our cultural heritage, but also to the challenges it faces. 

2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The United Nation has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change. The museums are very imoprtant actors in this respect!

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