Workshops

NEMO’s workshops provide training on topics related to all aspects of museum work and are facilitated by international museum experts. Participants also get to share best practice approaches with each other in peer-to-peer exchanges.

Group of people are sitting down by a statue in a gallery and listen to a person.  © Image: J. Pierrard

Next Workshop

The next workshop will deal with decolonisation in museums and will take place on 16 September 2022 in Bristol, the United Kingdom.

Applications are accepted until 15 July 2022. Learn more below.

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Upcoming workshop

This one-day International Training Course will explore what decolonisation in museums means and will introduce you to some of the theories and practices which inform this work. It will be based in the city of Bristol in the UK, a place recently at the epicentre of the conversation between heritage, representation and the Black Lives Matter movement, providing a relevant backdrop to the issues that will be discussed.

Starting with an overview of decolonisation, the morning workshop will introduce you to the ways in which this work can be approached in a straightforward manner, while also not shying away from the inevitable controversies that it will bring. With evidence of good practice and thinking in this rich field the MA hopes to inspire you either to begin or continue your decolonisation work with confidence. The afternoon will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the M-Shed, where the statue of slaver Edward Colston which was thrown into the harbour during the BLM protests in 2020 is kept. Apply for an exciting day which will take as its premise that decolonisation is not a punitive exercise, but one that if approached wholeheartedly, will enhance your sense of a shared humanity and your museum’s relevance to a wider group of people.

People connected to NEMO member organisations are given priority and up to 8 members will receive travel grants of 500-600 euro. Other people working within the museum sector are eligible to participate in the training to a fee of 250 euro.

  • Apply by sending a letter of motivation (max 1 page), CV and proof of membership in NEMO (only applicable for applicants working at NEMO member organisations).
  • Find more information in the call for applications.
  • Deadline to apply: 15 July 2022.
UK Museums Association (MA)

The MA is a dynamic membership organisation that campaigns for socially engaged museums and a representative workforce. MA works ethically and sustainably and collaborates with partners with common aims and values. MA advocates for and supports museums and everyone who works in and with them so that the value and impact of museums and their collections is realised.

The Museums Association published their Decolonising Museums guidance at the end 2021 and set up a skills building programme around the topic. Roshi Naidoo is in charge the campaign and the NEMO training day.

Who can participate?

  • NEMO member organisations: staff and steering committee members.
  • Members of NEMO member organisations: by appointment of the NEMO member.
  • Non-members active in the museum sector.

Why take part?

  • Condensed knowledge and training opportunities provided by international museum experts.
  • International networking opportunities with colleagues from Europe.
  • Professional development opportunities on an international, multifaceted level.

What’s the cost?

  • NEMO members participate for free and receive a travel grant to cover their costs.
  • Non-members can join for a fee of €250 per course and are not covered by travel grants.

Workshop participant, Online 2021

Their idea is really great and it was very inspiring to me. The purpose of this course is exactly this: to get inspired and to learn from each other's experience. Thank you!

Past workshops

June 2021 | Online

Facilitated by Sarah Fortmann-Hijazi and Salma Jreige, Multaka: Museum as Meeting Point

May & June 2021 | Online

Facilitated by Caitlin Southwick, Ki Culture

Group of people sitting by on u-shaped table listening to a presentation. The presenter is standing in the middle of the u-shaped table next to a projector.  © NEMO

2-3 March 2020 | Warsaw, Poland

Co-organised with POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Association of European Jewish Museums / AEJM

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