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December 28, 2021

FocusOur top stories of 2021

From the museum definition to International Museum Day, discover our most read articles of the 2021.

Consultations | Museum definition and Code of Ethics

After the great success of the ICOM Define webinar of the 10th of December 2020, the Standing Committee for the Museum Definition is pleased to announce the beginning of the third step of the Methodology: Consultation 2, a phase which will be conducted between January 11 and April 20 2021.
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International Museum Day 2021 – “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine”

The COVID-19 crisis has swept the whole world abruptly, affecting every aspect of our lives, from the interactions with our loved ones, to the way we perceive our homes and cities, to our work and its organisation. Some already pressing issues have been exacerbated, questioning the very structure of our societies: the call for equality is stronger than ever.
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ICOM Prague International Symposium 2021

ICOM Prague International Symposium 2021 provided an overview of the upcoming ICOM Prague 2022 General Conference, from the axis of the scientific programme to the new hybrid infrastructure.
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ICOM MOOC: Creating Meaningful and Inclusive Museum Practices

On 29 November the first ICOM MOOC was launched. The course “Creating Meaningful and Inclusive Museum Practices”  will encourage museum professionals to explore a series of methodologies and strategies for social inclusion and community building that can be implemented to support wider cultural participation.
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Museums, museum professionals and COVID-19: ICOM and UNESCO release their full reports

To gather information on how the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak is affecting and will affect the cultural sector in the short and long term, ICOM launched a global survey to analyse the impact of lockdowns. The survey covered 5 themes: the current situation for museums and staff, predicted economic impact, digital and communication, museum security and conservation of collections, freelancer museum professionals.
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Museums and COVID-19: 8 steps to support community resilience

Cultural and creative sectors are among the most affected by the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and museums are no exception. We acknowledge the manifold challenges faced by museums and museum professionals during this time and urge policy- and decision-makers to rapidly allocate relief funds to ensure the sustainability of museums.
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Sustainability Management in Museums: A new Approach to Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

At the ICOM General Conference in Kyoto in 2019, the General Assembly adopted the Resolution ‘Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. With this landmark decision, ICOM has committed the entire community to implementing the objectives of Agenda 2030. But how can these global objectives be translated to the institutional level?
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Statement concerning the situation facing cultural heritage in Afghanistan

ICOM – along with the international community – watched with concern the events unfolding across Afghanistan. We were especially alarmed by the threats faced by the civilian population, and the men and women of Afghanistan who dedicate their lives to protecting the rich and diverse cultural heritage of this historic nation.
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New ICOM Red List to focus on objects from Southeast Europe

Focusing on 10 countries in Southeast Europe, ICOM worked with experts and coordinators from across the region to create a Red List which features 119 objects from 45 museums from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.
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How to reach – and engage – your public remotely

Although this forced isolation limits the opportunities for museums to reach their audiences, several institutions around the world are showing great creativity and resilience by harnessing the power of social media. We prepared a short list of case studies and best practices in digital outreach that can inspire museums to deal with this situation. Here’s what you can do to reach – and engage – your public remotely.
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