The sixth and most recent session of the ICOM International Training Centre for Museum Studies, housed at the Palace Museum in Beijing, kicked off on Monday, 11 April, devoted to “Current Practices in Museum Management”.
ICOM General Director Anne-Catherine Robert-Hauglustaine addressed participants on this occasion, in the presence of Chinese and international experts from the museum and heritage field, offering the following words of welcome: “China, Beijing, the Palace Museum, is the perfect place to experience, to learn and to share the history of the past and the present of museum evolution – one can even say revolution, as China is currently building hundreds of museums in different fields. More than 4,500 museums […] offer exceptional experiences to millions of visitors [including] children, families and tourists.”
She highlighted the importance of capacity-building for museum professionals as a priority for ICOM, voicing her excitement at the “exchange [of] professional knowledge [concerning] current practices in museum management” to take place over the course of the session, which will conclude on 19 April.
She invited participants to join in at the 24th ICOM General Conference, to be held in Milan from 3 to 9 July, 2016, in conjunction with celebrations of ICOM’s 70th anniversary, and the 30th anniversary of the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums. An exhibition entitled Where ICOM from”will be held on this occasion, retracing the organisation’s history, and a book on ethics will be published.
The ICOM Director General referred to the recent UNESCO Recommendation on the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections, their Diversity and their Role in Society, voicing her hope that this new normative instrument will lead to a new vision of museums. “ICOM needs a new strategic vision with 3 key words as pillars: independence, integrity and professionalism,” she concluded.