Museums in Europe and their Impact on Different Sectors - Breakdown from NEMO’s 26th Annual Conference

184 museum professionals, culture professionals and policy makers from 39 countries met at NEMO's 26th Annual Conference in the 2018 European Capital of Culture, Valletta, Malta, from 15-18 November 2018, to discuss the cross sectoral impact of museums.

In a press release issued by NEMO today, it is stated that museums create value to other sectors such as the social, tourism and health sector, just to name a few. NEMO advocates for museums to be fully acknowledged and given increased support to encourage collaborations across sectors, and supports the concept of mainstreaming heritage becoming a reality across EU, national, local and regional levels.

Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, welcomed the conference participants today, on 16 November 2018. He reaffirmed museums’ significant role in society:

 “Museums have an important role in building a cohesive Europe. They hold our cultural treasures and are vital in educating people, encouraging creativity, and providing incentives for the creative and cultural industries. As custodians of a range of diverse collections, all museums are in a powerful position to present stories that can build bridges between communities, regions and countries – and between the past and the future. This is a central aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and of the European Action Plan for Cultural Heritage, which I intend to present towards the end of the year to ensure that culture and cultural heritage remain at the top of the EU’s political priorities well beyond 2018. I am pleased that the Year has brought out so much enthusiasm across the Union, at all levels, to explore and connect all citizens with our shared roots, to raise awareness of our common history and values, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space.”

Read the full press release here.

More information about the conference can be found at

Download the conference programme as a pdf