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National Museums Liverpool (NML)

Dear ICOM members,


In 2010 National Museums Liverpool (NML) coordinated the establishment

of a new international museum initiative called the Federation of

International Human Rights Museums (FIHRM). The inaugural conference was

held at the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool. Almost 100

delegates from more than 20 countries, including Colombia, Lithuania,

Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria and South Africa, attended the event, a

number of whom received dedicated bursaries.


The conference ran under the patronage of UNESCO, and delegates

discussed ways in which museums and institutions tackle and challenge

racism, discrimination and human rights abuses. Feedback has been hugely

positive and confirmed the timely nature of this initiative. We have

uploaded the papers of the conference onto the FIHRM website, and there

is also a resources page which includes teaching and education

materials, as well as international case studies on human rights and

campaign work from museums, NGOs and related organisations.


Based on the success of the inaugural conference, we are pleased to

announce the second FIHRM conference, which will take place at the

International Slavery Museum from the 10-13 October 2011.  NML will

continue to lead the initiative, with support from the FIHRM Council,

which is made up of leading international institutions, including the

National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of African

American History and Culture, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Te

Papa in New Zealand and the South African Holocaust Foundation.


We would be delighted to see you at the conference in Liverpool in

October. For more information, visit www.fihrm.org

<http://www.fihrm.org/>  or contact Abby Wringe, FIHRM Coordinator on

+44 151 478 4559 or email fihrm@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk



ICOM is a full supporter of the FIHRM initiative.


With best wishes,






Abby Wringe


FIHRM - Federation of International Human Rights Museums






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