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

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

Recent News in Collection Mobility

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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[REGISTRATION OPEN] Open Heart Surgery - The Value of Museum Collections // NEMO's 25th Annual Conference News, NEMO activities, Collection Mobility, Intercultural Dialogue, Museums as Social Agents, Museum Management, Sharing

14.07.2017 | From 9-12 November 2017, Ghent will be home to NEMO’s 25th Annual Conference and birthday event! For four days, NEMO gathers representatives from European national museum organisations, museum experts, and policy makers and...
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NEMO in Ghent to prepare NEMO's 25th Annual Conference News, NEMO activities, Collection Mobility

07.07.2017 | NEMO went to Ghent, Belgium, to meet with the hosts of NEMO's Annual Conference from 9-11 November 2017. Pascal Ennaert from the Flemish Art Collection and Sergio Servellon from ICOM Flanders organised a day full of meetings and...
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