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: Public Consultation on the rules on import of cultural goods News, EU Culture Policy, Projects & Calls, Museum Management, Collection Mobility, Intercultural Dialogue

21.11.2016 | Until 23 January 2017 the European Commission seeks the views of all interested parties on the adoption of customs rules governing the import of cultural goods in the territory of the EU.
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Rethinking Research and Policy Agendas on Cultural Heritage and European Identities - Last Cultural Base Workshop News, Museum Management, Collection Mobility, Museums in a Digital World

08.11.2016 | On 2 and 3 December 2016 the Cultural Base project organises its workshop "Rethinking Research and Policy Agendas on Cultural Heritage and European Identities" in Florence, Italy. Participation is free.
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UNESCO Persist Project: Digital Sustainability Guidelines News, Museums in a Digital World, Cultural Creativity, Museum Management, Collection Mobility

25.05.2016 | THE PERSIST Project recently published guidelines for the selection of digital heritage for long-term preservation and is looking for feedback on the guideline implementation.
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