Our Publications

NEMO and its Working Groups can share a number of publications on different aspects in the museum sector. One of the special characteristics of these publications is the large European scope they cover. NEMO's publications offer a great resource for advocacy, inspiration and methodology. Below you can find some of NEMO's most recent publications.

Museum's 4 Values - Values 4 Museums

Museums play an essential role in European life. In the publication "Museums' 4 Values - Values 4 Museums" the Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) presents four core values museums preserve and disseminate on behalf of society. The important role of museums in the creation of knowledge and lifelong learning, their impact on communities and their contribution to the economic sector, all of which are stemmed from their vast collections, are emphasised in this publication. These four values are highlighted through examples of museum projects from 22 European countries. The presented exemplary museum projects differ greatly in terms of geography, structure and theme, but emphasise how museums serve their visitors, in particular, and society in general.
Published in May 2015


Museums, Migrants and Cultural Diversity

In light of the recent migration movements in Europe, EU Member States are struggling to find ways to deal with, adapt to and accommodate a changing and more diverse society. Museums have been place of intercultural dialogue since their inception and there is a range of good models how museums work with migrant groups and help to facilitate intercultural dialogue on different levels. The present publication Museums, Migrants and Cultural Diversity, originally published by the German Museums Association and now adapted and published in English by NEMO, gives concrete and hands-on instructions for museums to find a multi-perspective and multicultural approach to their work and their collections in order to contribute to a healthy and diverse society.


Revisiting the educational value of museums: Connecting to Audiences

The publication "Revisiting the educational value of museums: Connecting to Audiences" documents NEMO’s 23rd Annual Conference from 5-7 November 2015 in Pilsen, Czech Republic. It invites readers to take a step back and look at the developments of the field of education in museums, particularly with regard to a wide diversification of audiences. Examples from countries with different educational traditions, among them from Czech Republic, the Nordic and Baltic countries, Poland and Portugal, show that museums are developing from information disseminators to more inclusive environments fostering and supporting intercultural dialogue, participation and empowerment. Perspectives of colleagues from museum networks beyond Europe extend the views and emphasise the common thread of a social dimension included in educational programmes.
Published in March 2016


Learning in Museums and Young People

The NEMO - LEM Working Group study "Learning in Museums and Young People" focuses on museums informal and non-formal learning opportunities for teens (young people or young adults aged 14-25). It begins with the definition of a “Basic Framework” and the context of this study, introducing some important issues and in relation the more-than-ever important role of museums.
In the following 4 sections several topics are discussed: the relation between museums and young people with regard to motivations and methodologies to improve and increase access and engagement, the role of museums in the digital era and use of new technologies, the challenges of social exclusion and the multifaceted concept of accessibility and disadvantage referred to young people with disabilities.

In order to give specific references to EU context, all themes are introduced related to some of the Europe 2020 priorities, targets and flagship initiatives.
Published in May 2015


Museums and Creative Industries: Mapping Cooperation

The creative toolkit "Museums and Creative Industries: Mapping Cooperation" (2015) sketches the basic reasoning behind cooperations of museums and creative industries from both sides. Furthermore specific examples from Latvian museums point out the benefits of these connections. In the second part of the publication the theoretical approach towards the mapping of cooperations is explained, including guidelines for interviews with representatives of museums and the museums themselves, helping to visualize the museum’s networks. The toolkit was develop by the NEMO Working Group Museums and Creative Industries together with the think tank Creative Museums.
Published November 2015


Survey on Museums and Copyrights

Governments around Europe are re-thinking their approach to copyright, both on European as on national level. The European Commission is preparing the Digital Single Market Strategy, including a review of copyright legislative framework, will report in late 2015/early 2016. Since Copyright impacts on many aspects of museum work, museums need to make sure to be part of the discussions! With this survey NEMO sought to give an overview of “real life” museum practice and IPR-related problems. Through the feedback from museums all over Europe, NEMO and its Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights was able to produce well-supported recommendations for how copyright in Europe should be shaped to help museums with ensuring the best public access possible to their collections.
Published in September 2015


NEMO 21st Annual Conference Documentation

The documentation "Museums in the Digital Age and Museums and the Development of Active Citizenship" is a collection of articles from NEMO's 2013 Annual Conference in Bucharest, Romania. In times of an ever-changing society, museums face a shift of values. This development - an increased demand for museums to act as social agents encouraging social cohesion while also contributing to a growing economy - has become more and more important. NEMO tackles these and various other issues within this publication that examines key questions museums in Europe face on a daily basis. With articles from museum  professionals and experts from all over Europe the documentation offers a unique insight into three overarching themes: 'Museums in the Digital Age', 'Museums and the Development of Active Citizenship' and 'The Future of the EU Cultural Strategy'.
Published in 2014