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

Deadline Extension: Applications for Heritage in Motions Awards open until 15 January 2016 News, Projects & Calls, Museums in a Digital World, Cultural Creativity, Learning, Collection Mobility, Audience Development, News from Our Members

02.12.2015 | Professionals from museums, archives or public organisations and producers and makers of apps, films, websites, games and experiences for the cultural heritage sector are invited to apply for the Heritage in Motion Awards 2016.
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Call for Papers: X. European Registrars Conference News, Projects & Calls, Museums in a Digital World, Copyrights, Collection Mobility, Museum Management

16.11.2015 | Under the motto "Out of the Box" those working behind the scenes of exhibitions are invited to submit an abstract for the 10th European Registrars Conference in June 2016.
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Calling for updated EU copyright rules News, EU Culture Policy, Copyrights, Museums in a Digital World, NEMO activities, Projects & Calls, Learning, Collection Mobility

29.10.2015 | Add your institution to the list of prominent individuals in Cultural Heritage calling for updated EU copyright rules!
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