"Travelling 20,000 kilometers through China as a museum professional"

"Travelling 20,000 kilometers through China as a museum professional"A highly interesting article by  Annemies Broekgaarden, Head of Public and Education, Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam, reporting about her recent experience in China.

Investing in sustainable intercultural dialogue at Jamtli by Henrik Zipsane

Henrik Zipsane is CEO of the Jamtli Foundation (a large museum and heritage organization in central Sweden since 2001 (, and senior researcher at The Nordic Centre of Heritage Learning & Creativity since 2005 ( — an R&D organization for learning through heritage engagement.


Henrik Zipsane is guest professor in heritage learning and regional development at Linköping University since 2010 and associate of Pascal Observatory since 2007 as well as associate of European Expert Network on Culture and was appointed expert on culture and adult education 2011 by the European Commission. Henrik Zipsane was member of the board Culture Action Europe 2010-2016, European Access to Culture Platform 2008-2011 and European Association of Regional and Local Authorities on Lifelong Learning 2011-2014 and is vice president of Association of European Open Air Museums since 2015. Since 2014 Henrik Zipsane is expert and jury member in the European Museum Academy and from 2017 he is by the Swedish Council of Higher Education appointed expert for assessment of EU applications in the Erasmus Plus programme. Henrik Zipsane holds a master’s degree in history from University of Copenhagen 1985 and a PhD degree in education and history from The Danish University of Education 1996.


Henrik Zipsane has published academic studies on collective learning processes, immigration history and in recent years primarily on heritage learning applied on issues such as early school leavers, the ageing population, untraditional creative partnerships and instrumental heritage.

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First Peoples. Patrick Greene CEO Museums Victoria, Melbourne.

Patrick Greene.


Dr Patrick Greene is CEO of Museum Victoria and has spent 12 years in the role.  During that time the three museums (Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum), the IMAX cinema and the Royal Exhibition Building, all of which comprise Museum Victoria, have become Australia’s leading organisation of its kind.  It plays a strong and growing role in tourism, with about 2 million visits a year and 5 million online visits.

Patrick is also a Fellow of the Tourism Society, Chair of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors, and an Ambassador for Club Melbourne, the organisation established to attract international conferences to the new Melbourne Convention Centre. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Cultural Heritage Asia Pacific of Deakin University and a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne. He  is also member of the Pool of Experts of the European Museum Academy Foundation.

2011 Kenneth Hudson Seminar The Virtual Museum


This edition of the KH Seminar was held in the context of the LEM Project, a digital version of the proceedings is available at the following link: 


Culture creates collections – collections create culture, Wim van der Weiden

Written version of a lecture  delivered by Wim van der Weiden (Chiarman of the Board of EMA) at the Courtauld Institute of Arts in London on January 2014. 


We are very pleased to publish here an article sent by our Turkey Representative Ahmet Omer Erdonmez, Director of the Bursa City Museum and one of EMA most active National Representatives. 

Emerging new trends in the European museum panorama

Emerging new trends in the European museum panorama
by Massimo Negri, EMA Director
Excerpts from LEM – The Learning Museum
R E P O R T 7

"New trends in museums of the 21st century", ISBN978-88-97281-13-9

The LEM Project has been successfully completed. The EMA Foundation cooperated with a research by Prof. Massimo Negri, EMA Director. 

We publish here attached some excerpts of this text. 

The digital version of this book is available on :

2011 Kenneth Hudson Seminar

The 2011 edition of the Kenneth Hudson Seminar was organised within the frame of LEM (the Learning Museum); a European project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme Grundtvig 2010-2013. 

Collecting Europe: On the Museal construction of European Objects

By Prof. Dr. Stefan Krankenhagen, Institut für Medien, Theater und Populäre Kultur, Stiftung Universität Hildesheim, sent us an article of his published in the contest of the book "Assigning Cultural Values" edited by Kjerstin Aukrust, PL Academic Research, Frankfurt 2013. 

E-Book ISBN 978-3-653-02928-4


Born in 1969, PhD in 2001 with a work about cultural forms of representation of the Holocaust at the Universities ofHildesheim and Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Between 2001 and 2005 lecturer at the Humboldt University in Berlin. 2005-2011 Associate Professor at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, teaching German and European cultural studies and history. Since 2011 Professor for Cultural Studies and Popular Culture at the University in Hildesheim, Professor Krankenhagen researches are focused on Representability within Arts and Literature of the Holocaust, Popular Cultures and Pop Literature, Museum Studies.

At the moment his main ongoing research project is about Exhibiting Europe. The Development of European narratives in collections, museums and exhibitions, as a joint projecttogether with the Institute for European Ethnology of the Humboldt University and the Centre for European and International Studies Research of the University of Portsmouth.

He is also involved in the EU project MELA. 

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The laboratory-museum

The laboratory-museum:

Explorations for a museum of the communist period in Romania


At the end of 2011 The Romanian National Museum Network made public its intention of launching a project for a museum of the communist period in Romania. The starting point for this endeavor was the idea of a laboratory-museum, a concept which goes against the traditional museological practice in Romania where for the most part the museum is still seen as an authoritative and monolithic institution. The point of this project is to work towards a museum format that allows for ideas to be tested and openly discussed while they are being implemented. The laboratory-museum is therefore not a temple (it does not propose or attempt to fixate a narrative for our recent history), but a place that welcomes experimentation and takes a grassroots approach towards building an institution that takes seriously its potential audience. The laboratory-museum does not attempt to transform our recent history in a museum object but aims to facilitate a process of coming to terms with this sensitive time in our past.


Viviana Iacob is board member of The Romanian National Museum Network. She is also currently completing a Ph.D. at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (University of Bucharest) on the implementation of the socialist realist canon in Romanian theatre.  She is the author of the laboratory-museum project and she is part of the team that began its implementation in 2012.  Her current research interests revolve around subjects such as memorial practices of recent history with a focus on the reception of visual emplotment strategies and performantive practices employed in museums of recent history. Viviana Iacob has been involved in numerous projects that aim at recuperating and documenting material evidence of Romania´s recent past. She has BA in Art History and Theory/Bucharest, Arts University (2003), an MA in Cultural Studies, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Bucharest (2005), and an MA in Theatre History from Illinois State University (2007).


What are museums for?- Revisiting “Museums in a troubled World”

What are museums for?- Revisiting “Museums in a troubled World”


Focusing on the present situation in the Nordic museum scene, entailing economic pressures and restructuring, this article introduces the thoughts and ideas of Canadian museum expert and author, Robert R. Janes, to put things in perspective.

After revisiting the 2009 book “Museums in a Troubled World”, authored by Janes, a discussion between the authors is presented which focuses on the complexities of collaboration between museums and business. Finally a “hands on” section is included, in which different types of possible collaborations are examined. In this section, the topic of value creation is also addressed, as it is pointed out which measures might be necessary to rebuild a position of relevancy in society for the Nordic museums.

Safeguarding scientific and technical heritage

We are pleased to publish here an article sent by our French Representative Catherine Cuenca. Her contribution is in French and to facilitate non-French speakers we publish an English abstract. The theme is very close to the area of studies of our inspirator Kenneth Hudson who was a leading figure in promoting the knowledge of industrial and technical heritage.

The Future of Memory

"The Future of Memory" is the title of the article sent by Prof.Hermann Schaefer, who is (among the other things) Advisor of the European Museum Academy.

Numismatic: a Journey from Spain to Greece

Barbara Cardillo holds a degree in Hellenic Archaeology at the University of Siena and an undergraduate degree in Classics at the University of Catania. She has been working at archaeological excavations in Italy and at the Monetize of Florence.

Roots 2 share

Author: Diederik Veerman, curator in the Museon and Cunera Buijs, curator in the Leiden museum of Ethnology.

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