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

ICOM-CIDOC Annual Conference 2017 from 25 to 29 September News, Projects & Calls, Collection Mobility, Sharing

02.05.2017 | The next CIDOC annual conference "Documentation: Past, Present, Future..." will take place in Tbilsi, Georgia from 25 to 29 September 2017. Early bird registration opened on 1 May 2017.
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[Survey] The Getty asks for user community to improve Vocabularies LOD web site News, Projects & Calls, Museums in a Digital World, Collection Mobility, Sharing

11.04.2017 | The Getty is currently in the planning stages for improving and expanding the Vocabularies LOD web site. The user community is invited to review the current functionality and request new features in an online survey.
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Winners of European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards announced News, Projects & Calls, Museum Management, Collection Mobility, Museums as Social Agents, Learning

05.04.2017 | On 5 April the European Commission and Europa Nostra announced the 29 winners from 18 countries selected from 202 applications. From the winners a public choice will be selected by 3 May 2017.
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