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Newsletter - 01/2017

Happy New Year 2017!

This year marks NEMO's 25th anniversary. With the Maastricht Treaty and culture being mentioned the first time in a European political framework in 1992, NEMO was founded back then as spokesperson for museums in Europe, bringing the European museum community together and enabling cooperation and exchange across borders. We would like to celebrate this with you at NEMO's Annual Conference from 9-11 November 2017 in Ghent, Belgium!

The first NEMO activity this year will take place from 31 January to 1 February in Bologna, Italy. At the NEMO Learning Exchange the Institute for Cultural Heritage of the Region Emilia Romagna (IBC) introduces NEMO delegates to its work and current projects, e.g. its regional museum accreditation scheme and different museum education projects.

Happy reading,

the NEMO office



News from Our Members

GERMAN MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION: German Museums in numbers

Every year the German Institute for Museum Research publishes the results of its survey determining the number of museums and museum visits throughout the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2015 Germany counted 6710 museums of which 4206 replied to the survey. The number of museum visits increased by 2.2% compared to the previous year to 114,423,192 individual visits, which can be attributed to an increased amount of temporary exhibtions, as well as the expansion of PR and museum pedagogy activities. Complete statistic 2015, including an English summary...

NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND: Refurbished wings to reopen in June 2017

In June 2017, the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin will reopen its historic wings after a period of extensive refurbishment and will greatly improve the visitor experience of the collections. The reopening will coincide with the Gallery’s landmark exhibition, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry (17 June – 17 September 2017). See

ASSOCIATION OF SWEDISH MUSEUMS: Role of Museums Enhanced by New Swedish Law

The Swedish government suggests a Museum law to ensure professionalism and independence and also a wider museum-supporting role for the Swedish National Heritage Board. If accepted, these changes will enter into force from next summer and strengthen the role of Swedish museums.
More information in Swedish

ASSOCIATION OF SWEDISH MUSEUMS: 2/3 of the Swedes Visited a Museum Last Year

According to a recent national audience survey, Swedes visited museums more frequently last year than previous years, with an increase of 11%. Two thirds of the population (aged 18-65) claim to have visited a museum at least once during the year. Further information in Swedish.

IRISH MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION: Annual Conference 2017 - "Cultural Tourism and the Contemporary Museum"

The 2017 Annual Conference of the Irish Museums Association will take place in Galway (Town Hall Theatre) on 3 and 4 March 2017. This themed conference invites professionals working in (and with) museums and cultural / tourism institutions to examine and debate the principles for successful and sustainable cultural heritage tourism and the museums' role in its development; how museums can attract visitors while at the same time preserving the authenticity that makes them unique and attractive in the first place.
Further information is available here or by contacting Gina O'Kelly

HERITAGE AND MUSEUMS (H&M): Partnership with European Museum Forum (EMF) for greater international visibility

Heritage and Museums organised the conference Innovative and Novel Museums in Europe: EMF EMYA Awards in partnership with EMF on 28 November 2016 in Athens, Greece to promote the European Museum of the Year Awards to an international audience. Key speakers from the recent recipients of the EMYA, the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the European Solidarity Center Gdansk, joined the exchange between Greek museum professionals, scholars and the public about museums and the economy, the technological development and innovative practices.

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