Network guidelines

Network-organizational guidelines

Decided in Sigtuna June 12th 2012, Revised in Elblag 3rd Oct. 2012, in Tallinn Oct. 2nd 2013 and in Tallinn April 4th 2017.

Operational Guidelines PDF

Network of museums in the Baltic is a network between professional museums, following the ICOM standards, dealing with issues concerning Baltic culture and history.

The aim is to strengthen the cooperation on an institutional level so that the museums in the network can take on common projects for the benefit of all.

Board: Decision-making

The board, which is the decision-making body of the network, consists of the directors from one museum from each country. The museum representing the country should be selected by each country.

The board communicates via the web-site and mail and meets twice a year; once in connection with the yearly network meeting in the autumn, once as a board-meeting in the spring. At the spring – meeting the network-coordinators from each museum should be included. The board decides about the annual budget, the annual coordinator, the location for the coming board-meeting and about new partners and associated partners in the network.

Network- Coordination

The coordinative task rotates amongst the countries so that one museum is responsible for the network coordination for a period of three years. This also includes the organizing of the annual meetings. The network-coordinator should be discussed by the board at the spring-meeting and be decided one year ahead at the yearly network-meeting.

The costs for the network-coordinator’s (one person) travel and accommodation at the annual network-forum should be covered by the network.

The annual network-meeting in autumn should last for three days: One day network-meeting, one day topic-based conference and one day excursion. The topic will be presented to the network at the annual network-meeting the year before and will be confirmed by the board at the board-meeting in the spring.

The agenda of the annual network-meeting should include at least the following headlines:

  • Résumé from the partner museums
  • Previous meeting – comments and corrections
  • New members – welcome & presentation
  • The web-site and other communication tools
  • Promoting the network
  • Planning for the coming year
    • Activities
    • Projects
  • Museum in charge for the coordination in two years
  • Presentation of the next network-meeting; place, time and topic

The network-coordinator should be discussed by the board at the spring-meeting and be decided one year ahead at the yearly network-meeting.


Most of the communication within the network and the groups is to be done via mail, social media and via the communication-forum on the web-site. Skype and video-conferences are other cost- and time- efficient variants.

Project – Group: Communication and coordination

The project-group consists of one person (preferable the person who is responsible for the Baltic / international cooperation) from each museum. The group deals with the communication between the board, the museums and for the overall coordination and communication within each museum and within the network. To its help the group has a group of web-administrators /communicators.

In addition each network museum may form any internal group it needs to supervise and coordinate the Baltic network tasks within the activities of each museum.


The Network Museums

Each Network Museum decides what kind of internal project/working group is most sufficient for their own needs. The Network Museums can also coordinate and engage other museums working with Baltic issues.

Specific groups

There will also form specific long- or short-time groups based on topics (education, archaeology, exhibitions, collections, marketing etc.) or specific projects (EU-projects or other bigger or smaller projects) due to needs.

Applying for partnership

Any museum that is in line with the aims of the network might apply for partnership in the network. The board decides at its meetings (i.e. twice a year) about new partnerships.

The coordinative museum in charge will receive the applications and present them to the board at the annual board-meeting

Associated partners

Organizations that work closely together with museums as well as museums located in countries not bordering the Baltic Sea might apply for being associated partners to the network. Associated partners are welcome to take part in the dialogue and the annual network meeting. They cannot claim a place in the board.

Partnership agreement

A partnership agreement should be signed by each partner and associated partner within the network. The Gotland Museum is responsible for this task for a period of five years (2012-2017).

The board decides which museum shall be in charge for coming periods.

Fees for partners

A yearly fee of 100 € should be paid by each partner-museum. Each associated partner should pay 100 €. The fees are administrated by Gotlands Museum during a period of five years (2013-2018).  The board decides which museum shall be in charge for coming periods.

The fees are to be used to cover part of the costs for

  • Web-page
  • Annual meeting
  • Annual board meeting
  • Network coordinator’s (one person) cost for travelling and accommodation at the annual meeting.

The board decides about the distribution of the money.


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Joining the Network as Museum

Do you want to join the network as a museum? Then you should feel very welcome!

Before doing so, please read The Operational Guidelines carefully.

Then contact network-manager Ulrika Mebus at 


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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