Reading Corner | Collection Mobility

This section is organised in reverse chronological order. Apart from individual publications and articles NEMO is collecting and sharing general resources, you can find them below the list of articles in a separate section. Resources may also include publication series that are constantly growing (e.g. periodicals that are being updated continuously or receive additions).

NEMO (2015): Museums' 4 Values - Values 4 Museums: Museums play an essential role in European life. In the publication the Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) presents four core values museums preserve and disseminate on behalf of society. The important role of museums in the creation of knowledge and lifelong learning, their impact on communities and their contribution to the economic sector, all of which are stemmed from their vast collections, are emphasised in this publication. These four values are highlighted through examples of museum projects from 22 European countries. The presented exemplary museum projects differ greatly in terms of geography, structure and theme, but highlight how museums serve their visitors, in particular, and society in general.

Freda Matassa (2011): Museums Collection Management - A Handbook: The main aspects of museum collections management are gathered in this book. Aimed at collection managers, the topics range from legal aspects, concepts and ideas on loans, acquisitions to sustainability and ethical issues. It includes step-by-step guides for collections management, loans and other processes that can be adapted with regard to the collections' purposes. The book serves as a good resource for collection managers.

Susanna Pettersson, Monika Hagedorn-Saupe, Teijamari Jyrkkiö, Astrid Weij et al. (2010): Encouraging Collections Mobility - A way forward for museums in Europe: The handbook contains information about collection history and approaches towards collection with an emphasis on new concepts and standards that respond to the developments of the 21st century. Whereas most of the articles provide a more theoretical or philosophical context for the collections and their use, the book also addresses the practical issues concerning collections mobility, such as immunity from seizure, insurances, loans, and digitisation. The book pulls together current good practice in developing loans procedures and sets it out in a clear format. It aims to encourage the exploration and research of collections in order to open rich collection resources and learn more about European heritage. The book was launched at NEMO's Annual Meeting in 2010.

Frank Bergevoet (25 April 2010): Transcript: Indemnity Scheme: Bergevoet spoke about different aspects of indemnity schemes in Europe during the International Exhibition Organisers Meeting in Amsterdam. The transcript includes the recommendations stemmed from a report on indemnity schemes and shared liability schemes in Europe.

Council of Europe (May 2007): Agenda for Culture: In May 2007, the Commission proposed an agenda for Culture founded on three common sets of objectives: cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue; culture as a catalyst for creativity; and culture as a key component in international relations.

Finnish Ministry of Education (2006): Action Plan for the EU Promotion of Museum Collection Mobility and Loan Standards: The action plan was created to increase collection mobility across Europe and facilitate access to Europe's cultural heritage, particularly by making it available for all citizens and find new ways to improve co-operation and best practice for lending between museums. It lists the actions that are necessary to achieve a successful European solution with standards and agreements to ease collection mobility in the areas of digitisation, networking, indemnity schemes, loans and others.

Experts from Meeting on collection mobility (May 2006): Declaration on the "Mobility of Museum Collections": The declaration was adopted as a resolution by the participants of the expert's conference "Collection Mobility: Building up trust and Networking" in Bremen, Germany, in the course of the German EU presidency. The declaration aims at advancing networking, cooperation, and tools to enable a wider access to the European heritage for European citizens and ease exchange and collaboration between the EU member states.

Ronald de Leeuw, Cristina Acidini, Kristian Berg, Fredi Matassa et al. (2005): Lending to Europe - Recommendations on collection mobility for European museums: The report produced by a European working group of museum experts advises on facilitating European collection mobility. It includes information on the work environment to facilitate collection mobility, among them concrete aspects such as staff members, and more theoretical parts like a clearly declared and set mission. The third chapter concludes with the recommendations for collection mobility drawn from the group's research, including comments on ICOM standards and national laws.


In the following paragraphs you will find general resources or series of publications.

Collections Trust (since 2006, updated regularly): Toolkits and Advice on "Revisiting Collections" for Collection Management: The collection of resources to enable museum professionals to apply the methodology for "Revisiting Collections" displays a number of toolkits, tools and case studies on the matter. Developed in 2006, it supports museums and archives to open up their collections for reinterpretation and knowledge capture by community groups and external experts to build and share a new understanding of the multi-layered meaning and significance of objects and records. Revisiting Collections has been built into the SPECTRUM Standard since version 3.1 and the accumulated links take you from starting to application, implementation and evaluation.