NEMO Learning Exchange: Museums in Solidarity with their Community

From 27-28 June 2019, museum professionals got to learn how their institutions can stay in solidarity with their communities at a NEMO Learning Exchange in Budapest and Szentendre, Hungary.

Seven people, from Lithuania, Sweden, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Estonia and Albania, were selected to participate in the NEMO capacity building activity "The Solidary Museum: Museum Programs Addressing Social Responsibility". The training was hosted by the Hungarian Open Air Museum in cooperation with the Pulszky Society – the Hungarian Museum Association.

The programme revolved around ways museums can support their community and in particular how they can make sure that everyone feels welcome and seen at the museum. At the Ludwig Museum in Budapest the participants got to learn how to design exhibitions and programs for people with autism. Next, the group got acquainted with aspects of museums that generate programs for disadvantaged teens in Hungary. At the Hungarian Open Air Museum, Zsolt Sári, Deputy Director General of the museum, introduced the group to the museum’s different programmes such as Museum in a suitcase and Integrated summer camp, which serves and helps children with disabilities.

>> Take a look at the detailed programme.

>> More about NEMO's capacity building activities (free for members)

The Hungarian Open Air Museum
The museum represents one of the most popular and sought-after museum types in Hungary that has significant ethnographical and historical collections. The Hungarian Open Air Museum is the largest open air museum in Hungary and successfully creates exhibitions and programs that attract a wide variety of visitors. The museum prides itself on generating awareness and participating in movements that pertain to social responsibility.  

Pulszky Society – Hungarian Museum Association
The professional non-governmental organisation of Hungarian museum workers was founded in 1989-1990 by acclaimed museum professionals. Its main aim has always been to formulate and represent the interests of the national cultural heritage preserved and utilized in the museums and those who currently work in this field. Today, the association has over 500 members from all parts of the country.  The Pulszky Society has been present in most of the decision-making processes and closely works with new laws and regulations in connection with cultural heritage and the museum field. Its governing body consists of 21 elected members, who elect the seven members of the presidium. Sections in different fields (small museums, conservation and preservation, etc.) have also been formed in order to organize conferences, workshops and to keep professionals in contact.