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

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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NEMO announces further speakers for NEMO Annual Conference 2017 News, NEMO activities, Museum Management, Collection Mobility, Museums as Social Agents, Intercultural Dialogue, Sharing

11.08.2017 | The Network of European Museum Organisations is delighted to welcome Peter van Mensch, Martine Reicherts, Diana Walters and Taja Vovk van Gaal to "Open Heart Surgery - The Value of Museum Collections" in November 2017.
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European Commission puts forward new rules to clamp down on illegal import and trafficking of cultural goods News, EU Culture Policy, Collection Mobility, Sharing

14.07.2017 | On 13 July 2017, the European Commission put forward new rules to clamp down on the illegal import and trafficking of cultural goods from outside the EU, often linked to terrorist financing and other criminal activity.
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