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February 27, 2019

FocusDiscover the world of small, local museums and their communities in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean

The EU-LAC-MUSEUMS team has released a new booklet entitled On Community and Sustainable Museums and a video presenting their research on small, local museums and their communities in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The aim of the Community and Sustainable Museums booklet is to share the experience and knowledge of the project Advisors – Beatriz Espinoza, Hugues de Varine, Teresa Morales Lersch, and Peter Davis – concerning the key concepts and features of community and sustainable museums. The document is available online for free.

Museums hold an unequalled responsibility to communicate the shared history and “cultural, political and economic ties” between Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. By focusing on the theme of Museums and Community: Concepts, Experiences, and Sustainability in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, EU-LAC-MUSEUMS will create a common vision for sustainable, small to medium-sized local and regional museums and their communities, and reinforce mutual understanding and cooperation between regions.

“Societal challenges can lead to opportunities if approached in the right way. Europe is currently undergoing a crisis of identity, seeking to define its past, present, and future position in relation to the wider world, and to consolidate regional cohesion across generations within a wider, global knowledge economy. EU-LAC-MUSEUMS, ICOM Europe and ICOM LAC are committed to the idea that fostering inter-cultural dialogue and creativity through their regional and community museums is fundamental to this process.”

(Dr Karen Brown, EU-LAC-MUSEUMS Project Coordinator).

What is EU-LAC-MUSEUMS Research Project About?

EU-LAC-MUSEUMS seeks to carry out a comparative analysis of small to medium-sized rural museums and their communities in the EU and LAC regions, and to develop associated history and theory. The basis of the project is that community museums in Latin American and Caribbean countries in particular allow under-represented communities to stake a place in history, as well as contributing to environmental sustainability and community empowerment. During the project, researchers investigate how these institutions can inform museum practice, particularly for remote and island locations.

EU-LAC-MUSEUMS was conceived under the auspices of ICOM in 2014. It has received funding from Horizon2020 – the European Union’s biggest ever research and innovation programme – and runs from 2016-2020.

For more information on the project, please visit the website:



EU-LAC-MUSEUMS: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020

Research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693669.