Collection Mobility

Museums have a long tradition of sharing the cultural heritage in their custody with other museums and institutions. To lend objects to other museums is considered one of their most important tasks. Through the mobility of collections people can become acquainted with, appreciate, enjoy and understand their own and other cultures, thus enabling them to pass on this heritage to future generations.

Since 2004, EU Presidencies have been focusing on the topic of Collection Mobility. Since 2008, the Open Method of Coordination groups (OMC groups), established by the EU, have been continuously working on topics concerning collection mobility on the European level.

In this context, NEMO has developed European guidelines to increase the mobility of collections through the development of a standardised loan agreement that can be used by all kinds of museums in Europe.  

Updated information on the topic, including materials and legislation on different aspects of the mobility of collections is available at www.lending-for-europe.eu.

To access publications and other documents that regard Collection Mobility, head to the Reading Corner

Recent News in Collection Mobility

NEMO will Participate at the Structured Dialogue with the European Commission Voices of Culture on Culture and Social Inclusion News, Collection Mobility, European funding for museums, NEMO activities, EU Culture Policy, Museums as Social Agents, Advocacy

05.02.2018 | NEMO is looking for great museum initiatives tackling social inclusion in preparation of the dialogue with the EC. Submit your experience before 20 February!
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Toolkit for Shared Decision Making News, Collection Mobility, Learning, Cultural Creativity, Urban Development, Museums as Social Agents, Museum Management, Audience Development, Sharing, Collaboration

25.01.2018 | Creative People and Places have recognised the need of making art locally accessible and release a helpful toolkit for involving local neighbourhoods in art projects.
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European Commission's Study on 'Fighting illicit trafficking in cultural goods: analysis of customs issues in the EU' published! News, EU Culture Policy, Museum Management, Collection Mobility, Sharing

17.11.2017 | The study by the European Commission provides an analysis of the regulation of imports of cultural goods into the EU, relevant in the fight against illicit trafficking from third countries into the EU.
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