Workshops during NEMO's 26th Annual Conference

On Friday 16 November 2018, NEMO is offering four workshops running in parallel (15:45-17:00). You also have the option to join a guided tour of St John’s Co-Cathedral.

Register to one of the workshops or the guided tour by clicking here


Workshop 1

Working with Intangible Cultural Heritage in Museums
Sophie Elpersand Kia Tsakiridis, Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums Project
Venue: Blitz

What variety of approaches, interactions and practices on intangible cultural heritage exists in today’s museum practices and policies? Why would museums want to play a role in safeguarding this heritage? And how to go about?

This workshop gives you insight in the participatory and future oriented paradigm of intangible cultural heritage - practices, representations, expressions, knowledge and skills related to oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe and traditional craftsmanship, that are actively passed on by communities, groups and individuals who see this as part of their identity.

Participants will learn about a range of inspiring museum cases on intangible heritage, while examining their own museum’s possibilities to engage with this living heritage.


Workshop 2

The Future Museums' Labour Market and new Challenges we have to face
Gea Wold
and Bente Bergmans, Netherlands Museums Association, The Netherlands
Venue: Fortress Interpretation Centre

The title of our workshop says it all. Our museums labour market has some challenges to face. For instance,  the lack of influx of young employees paralleled by the retirement of large groups of older employees: As this is occurring within the span of a few years, we must ask how to preserve the knowledge of those retiring and how to gain greater interest from young people. Another issue we will consider is the disconnect between the diversity of our communities and that of our museum workforce: Our population is diverse but the people who work in museums are not, they are rather mainly white, older people. There are no solutions that will work for everyone, but we hope to share knowledge and to discuss these subjects with our workshop participants during our interactive session.


Workshop 3

Planning a National Museum Policy: where does the museum sector head? 
Kalle Kallio, Finnish Labour Museum
Venue: Spazju Kreattiv

Finnish governments have published three policy programmes for museums: first in early 1980’s, second in late 1990’s and third one in 2018. This last program is titled Museum of Opportunities, please download the pfd-version here.

The programme was planned by a team of 18 museum experts who consulted quite a variety of professionals from the field. A simultaneous group who was supposed to plan a new funding system for all cultural institutions followed this process. Surprisingly, museums fared rather well in this race for state subsidies. Last years have truly been time of intense lobbying for the Finnish Museums Association.

In this workshop, we will focus on European museum politics. Without surprises, Finnish museum policy programme includes most of those topics that are currently relevant in all European countries. Besides these themes, it is also interesting to discuss about disagreements and struggles during the process. By analysing dynamics inside the museum and cultural sector, it is possible to understand the front lines of debate in current museum politics.

What are the hot topics for museums today? What is important for politicians? How we can lobby our museum policies? What kind of ideologies and interests are currently influential inside museums? How museums are situated inside cultural politics and how we can influence our future in the coming debates? In this workshop, participants will share their experience on lobbying and museum policies for a common good of museums!


Workshop 4

Where History meets Philosophy: a toolkit for museum educators
Jenny Anghelikie Papasotiriou, Education Curator, Ireland
Venue: MUZA

What defines ‘the box’ and what do objects inside (and outside) actually do? In this practical workshop, we will ‘play’ an exercise in opening and redefining boxes and in diversifying categories through a museum grammar that shifts the power from objects to acts and from places to players, eponymous or anonymous, close or distant, intentional or accidental.