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Newsletter - 11/2015

NEMO's Annual Conference 2015 - A summary

NEMO can look back at a successful three-day conference in Pilsen! With over 140 participants from 30 countries, eleven talks, one interview, three workshops, three working group meetings, an annual general meeting, the Creative Europe desk, museum visits and city tours, three dinners and a visit to the Pilsen Brewery, the eventful conference offered many opportunities for exchange, networking and information. The European Capital of Culture 2015 welcomed the conference attendees into a growing lively city. The three conference venues ranged from Mešt'anská Beseda, a former ball house, to the West Bohemian Museum and DEPO2015, a new maker-space created as part of Pilsen 2015.

The conference was dedicated to the educational value of museums: With a look at learning approaches and theories and the measurement of learning outcomes in museums Kalle Kallio opened the panel on education in museums. Presentations of innovative museum projects, such as the Learning Museum in Denmark or Kulturanek in Poland, explored strategies of audience development in Europe. The role of museums in the face of current issues was discussed by Maria Vlachou. An international view on museum education was given from the American Alliance of Museums, the Asia-Europe Museum Network and Ibermuseos. Audience development, community engagement and advocacy were the focus of the workshops on the second day. NEMO's Working Groups discussed future activities, looked back at the past year and during NEMO's general meeting NEMO's future actions and activities for members and non-members were presented and discussed.

If you missed the conference, you can find a more detailed summary of the conference on NEMO's website. A publication of the conference will be available in early 2016.

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News from our Members

Nordic Centre of Heritage Learning and Creativity (NCK): Storm of Emotions Conference

10 - 11 February 2016 in Östersund, Sweden
During this year's conference, NCK invites participants to explore the powerful, and sometimes unpredictable, dimensions of emotions and their role in learning and understanding through cultural heritage. Read more and register here.

The Estonian Museums Association: Museum Night 2016

Estonia has proclaimed 2016 a "Sea Year", the slogan of the Museum Night 2016 is derived from this: During "Waves in the Night" Estonian museums will focus on exhibitions and programmes related to sea. The museum night on 16 May 2015 saw a record number of 110000 visitors.

The Swedish Association of Museums: Theme for next year's Swedish museum meeting and New Swedish Museum Politics suggested

The call for seminars for next year's Swedish museum meeting has been sent out under the theme: "With Courage and Power - time to act!". The meeting will gather about 500 participants in Linköping/Norrlöping in April 2016. The aim is to encourage and inspire Swedish Museums to act even more in society's development. How can museums be more inclusive, a part of debate and obvious meeting points? How can long term financing be realised and unexpected cooperations be initiated?
Further information... (in Swedish)
A new government investigation about museums was presented to the Swedish Culture Minister in mid-October. It mainly deals with state-owned museums but the suggestions effect all museums. One suggestion that sticks out is the introduction of a museum law to secure their independence as knowledge centres. A law for museums is something new for Sweden.
Further information... (in Swedish)

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