Valkema’s example was particularly relevant considering the Working Group Advocacy and Public Affair’s most recent toolkit on EU cooperation and funding. Her presentation was followed by a short review led by Working Group Leader Lodewijk Kuiper and a discussion about the ongoing impact of the 2021 publication, including remaining challenges for usage, dissemination, and potential for updates.
The final presentation of the day was given by Creative Europe Desk Netherlands advisor Albert Meijer. Meijer’s presentation provided deeper context to the most current European funding programmes (which have changed slightly since the 2021 Working group publication). Meijer discussed the variety of opportunities for museum focusing on European Cooperation Projects and the presentation was followed by an open conversation about barriers that remain and a consideration of what national museum associations could do to better facilitate access for their members.
The final discussion filtered common goals among the participants, which will form the short-term strategic focus of the working group, and which will be revisited at the next working group meeting coinciding with NEMO’s European Museum Conference in Loulé, Portugal!
The end of meeting was followed by an intimate tour of the permanent exhibition at the Het Scheepvaartmuseum. “The Maritime Museum preserves one of the largest and most prominent maritime collections in the world and includes paintings, ship models, navigation instruments and nautical charts. Discover 500 years of Dutch maritime history and the connection with society now and in the future.”
NEMO’s Working Groups provide an opportunity for members of NEMO to get connected, learn and share experiences through organised study visits and events. The groups also inform the wider museum sector by publishing studies, recommendations and reports. At the moment NEMO has three active Working Groups: