UMAC and QLM-SJTU consolidate their partnership

Marta C. Lourenço and Kai Zhang, Qian Xuesen Library and Museum, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Today, UMAC and the Qian Xuesen Library and Museum of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, have publicly agreed to take their partnership to a more substantial level.

Here are some of the changes:

  • UMTWS (University Museum Training Weeks Shanghai) will be more directed to the needs and aspirations of university museum professionals.
  • There will be internships in overseas university museums for Chinese university museum professionals.
  • A high profile event, called the SJTU Directors’ Forum, will bring together university museum directors, higher education senior administrators and stakeholders from the museum and culture sectors, to discuss strategic issues related to universities, museums, heritage and culture.
  • The creation of a Research Centre for University Museums and Collections at SJTU.

The agreement was made after the opening session of the UMTWS 2019, and counted with the presence of An Laishun, Vice-President of ICOM; Guan Qiang, Vice-President of the National Cultural Heritage of China; and Hu Hao, Member of the SJTU University Council, among others.

Kyoto #UMAC2019 Program just released!

The preliminary program of the 19th UMAC Annual Conference in Kyoto has just been released.


Here are some of the highlights:

  • 2 Keynote Speakers
  • 62 Oral Papers
  • 45 Poster Papers
  • 1 Special Session with ICTOP (ICOM International Committee for the Training of Personnel)
  • 1 Special Session about University Museums and Collections in Japan
  • 3 pre-conference Workshops
  • 1 post-conference Seminar (Tokyo)
  • Visits to university museums and collections in Kyoto

Papers from: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, UK, USA.

Download the  UMAC 2019 DETAILED PROGRAM

More info about UMAC 2019.

Registrations for ICOM 2019 — do not forget to register before April 30!

Did you register for UMAC Kyoto yet?

This September, Kyoto will host the 25th General Conference of ICOM, the biggest and most important conference of museums in the world, with more than 3.000 participants from all international backgrounds. This worldwide reputed hub for exchange and innovation will tackle the theme “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition”.

It is through this lens that around 3,000 museum professionals from all over the world will explore the main topics of the conference. ICOM’s International Committees and many National Committees, Regional Alliances and Affiliated Organisations will organise conferences, workshops and other events. Together with Standing Committees, the secretariat will offer plenary and panel sessions about sustainability, the museum definition, disaster risk management and cultural diversity.

Have you already registered for #ICOMKyoto2019?

Early bird tickets will be available until April 30 (00:00 GMT+9). Book your pass today and save up to 100€.

Read more about the UMAC Annual Conference program in Kyoto here.

ICOM Museum International

Museum International: The issues ‘Museums in a Digital World’ and ‘Museums and Contested Histories’ are now available



Following the recent announcement of our new partnership with Taylor and Francis/Routledge to publish ICOM’s journal, Museum International, we are delighted to announce that ICOM members can now enjoy unlimited access to the journal’s full online archive and current issues through their ICOM member space.

To complement this, Taylor & Francis/Routledge are offering ICOM members free access to five of their museum- and heritage-related journals : Heritage  & Society, Museum History Journal, Museum Management and Curatorship, Museums & Social Issues: A Journal of Reflective Discourse, Journal of Heritage Tourism.

We hope you will enjoy reading the recently published issues of Museum International: ‘Museums in a Digital World’ (Vol. 70, No. 277-278) and ‘Museums and Contested Histories’ (Vol. 70, No. 279-280).

In Museums in a Digital World, authors describe the manifold opportunities digital technology has provided museums in terms of accessibility, inclusion and the democratisation of culture.

This issue examines the new roles museum objects, collections and professionals are assuming in this digital age. It outlines the different strategies that are being implemented by museums to adapt to this ever-changing environment, and presents innovative initiatives in co-creation.

Museums and Contested Histories highlights museums’ increasing willingness to address past traumatic events through mediation and experimentation.

By acknowledging and expressing multiple points of view and voices, museums might well play a crucial reconciliatory role in ongoing controversies, giving a voice to the voiceless, shifting narrative focus, and upholding pluralism.

We hope that you will find this resource useful in your professional life and research.

To access, enter your account in ICOM’s website and click on ‘Read Museum International‘.



From our ICOMON colleagues:

It has been brought to ICOM’s attention that there are some websites and individuals pretending to be ICOM and claim to provide, for a fee, fake certificates of authenticity or allowing free import and export, particularly concerning African cultural goods. False collector cards are sometimes offered as well.

The scammers claim that these certificates exonerate the holder from the obligation to present any other document such as the ownership title, the export license and certificate, the certificate of expertise, the certificate of authenticity, etc. They act most often by phone, email, and through fraudulent sites usurping the name, logo and appearance of ICOM’s website.

ICOM, the international association of museums and museum professionals, does not participate in any way in negotiations in the art market. ICOM does not issue any certificate of expertise, origin, authenticity, registration or circulation for cultural property. No international organisation has a mandate in this area. Only competent national authorities are authorised to issue this type of document.

This scam has already claimed many victims, especially concerning Cameroon. We urge you to be extremely vigilant, and to respect the national and international legislation in force when you carry out transactions involving cultural goods.
UNESCO is also a victim of this scam and has published an alert on its website.

Be very careful of:

  • websites that mention several associations or international organisations in their URLs (eg ICOM and UNESCO)
  • persons who get in touch with you proposing expensive documents: ICOM does not issue any!

International Museum Day 2019

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The worldwide community of museums will celebrate the next International Museum Day on 18 May 2019, around the theme “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition”. ICOM has celebrated International Museum Day (IMD) since 1977 to encourage public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. In 2018, almost 40,000 museums in 158 countries participated in the event by organising specific activities. The theme of International Museum Day 2019 will also be that one of the ICOM General Conference, to be held in Kyoto, Japan from 1 to 7 September 2019.

International Museum Day 2019 will focus on the new roles of museums as active actors in their communities. The role of museums in society is changing. Once static institutions, museums are reinventing themselves to become more interactive, audience focused, community oriented, flexible, adaptable and mobile. They have become cultural hubs functioning as platforms where creativity combines with knowledge and where visitors can also co-create, share and interact.

While preserving their primary missions – collecting, conservation, communication, research, exhibition – museums have transformed their practices to remain closer to the communities they serve. Today they look for innovative ways to tackle contemporary social issues and conflict. By acting locally, museums can also advocate and mitigate global problems, striving to meet the challenges of today’s society proactively. As institutions at the heart of society, they have the power to establish dialogue between cultures, to build bridges for a peaceful world and to define a sustainable future.

As museums increasingly grow into their roles as cultural hubs, they are also finding new ways to honour their collections, their histories and their legacies, creating traditions that will have new meanings for future generations and relevance for an increasingly diverse contemporary audience at a global level. This transformation, which will have a profound impact on museum theory and practice, also forces museum professionals to rethink the value of museums and to question the ethical boundaries that define the very nature of their work.  

At once a focal point for the community and an integral part of a global network, museums offer a platform for translating the needs and views of local communities into a global context.

We invite all of the world’s museums – whether large or small, urban or rural, or dedicated to the arts or sciences – to join us next 18 May in celebrating the complex link between future and tradition. To help institutions wishing to participate in the International Museum Day, ICOM will provide an organisation kit for museums and an interactive map to promote their activities on the new International Museum Day website which will be online in early February.

So that you can promote the event on your websites and social media, we also send you the poster (also available as an attachment in its trilingual version) and the web banner, which you can download below.

We are counting on your participation to make IMD a unifying and festive event worldwide.

Best regards,

The ICOM Secretariat

Le Conseil international des musées (ICOM) organise depuis 1977 la Journée internationale des musées, qui a lieu chaque année le 18 mai, afin de sensibiliser le grand public au rôle des musées dans le développement de la société. En 2018, plus de 40000 musées, dans près de 158 pays, ont participé à cette journée en organisant des activités et des événements dédiés.

L’édition 2019 réunira les musées participants autour du thème « Les musées, plateformes culturelles : l’avenir de la tradition», un thème qui servira également de fil rouge à la Conférence générale de l’ICOM, qui se tiendra à Kyoto, Japon du 1 au 7 septembre 2019.

La Journée internationale des musées 2019 mettra l’accent sur le nouveau rôle des musées en tant qu’acteurs actifs dans leurs communautés. Le rôle des musées dans la société évolue. Institutions auparavant statiques, les musées se réinventent pour devenir plus interactifs, axés sur le public, axés sur leur communauté, flexibles, adaptables et mobiles. Ils sont devenus des centres culturels fonctionnant comme des plateformes où la créativité se combine au savoir et où les visiteurs peuvent également créer, partager et interagir.

Tout en préservant leurs missions premières – collecte, conservation, communication, recherche, exposition – les musées ont transformé leurs pratiques pour rester plus proches des communautés qu’ils servent. Aujourd’hui, ils recherchent des moyens novateurs de s’attaquer aux problèmes sociaux et aux conflits contemporains. En agissant localement, les musées peuvent également défendre et atténuer les problèmes mondiaux en s’efforçant de relever les défis de la société actuelle de manière proactive. En tant qu’institutions au cœur de la société, elles ont le pouvoir d’instaurer un dialogue entre les cultures, de jeter des ponts pour un monde pacifique et de définir un avenir durable.

Au fur et à mesure que les musées jouent un rôle de plus en plus importants en tant que pôles culturels, ils trouvent également de nouveaux moyens d’honorer leurs collections, leurs histoires et leurs héritages, créant ainsi des traditions qui auront de nouvelles significations pour les générations futures et une pertinence pour un public contemporain de plus en plus diversifié au niveau mondial. Cette transformation, qui aura un impact profond sur la théorie et la pratique des musées, oblige également les professionnels des musées à repenser la valeur des musées et à remettre en question les frontières éthiques qui définissent la nature même de leur travail.

À la fois point focal de la communauté et partie intégrante d’un réseau mondial, les musées offrent une plateforme permettant de traduire les besoins et les points de vue des communautés locales dans un contexte mondial.

Qu’ils soient grands ou petits, situés en milieu urbain ou rural, qu’ils soient dédiés aux sciences ou aux arts, nous invitons les musées du monde entier à rejoindre cette fête qui célébrera le lien complexe entre l’avenir et la tradition, le 18 mai prochain.

Pour aider les institutions qui souhaitent participer à la Journée internationale des musées, l’ICOM mettra à disposition un kit d’organisation pour les musées et une carte interactive pour la promotion de leurs activités sur le tout nouveau site web de la journée internationale des musées qui sera en ligne début février.

Afin que vous puissiez relayer l’événement sur vos sites web et réseaux sociaux, nous vous envoyons également l’affiche (disponible également en pièce jointe dans sa version trilingue) et la bannière web.

Cette année encore, votre aide contribuera à la réussite de cet événement fédérateur et festif dans le monde entier !

Vous remerciant de votre participation,

Le Secrétariat de l’ICOM


La comunidad mundial de museos celebrará el próximo Día Internacional de los Museos el 18 de mayo de 2019, en torno al tema “Los museos como ejes culturales: El futuro de la tradición”. El ICOM ha celebrado el Día Internacional de los Museos (DIM) desde 1977 para concienciar al público sobre el papel de los museos en el desarrollo de la sociedad. En 2018, casi 40,000 museos en 158 países y territorios participaron en el evento, organizando actividades especiales. Este año, el tema del Día Internacional de los Museos 2019 también será el mismo que el de la 25 Conferencia General del ICOM, que se celebrará en Kioto, Japón del 1 al 7 de septiembre de 2019.

El Día Internacional de los Museos 2019 se centrará en los nuevos papeles que desempeñan de los museos como actores activos en sus comunidades. El papel de los museos en la sociedad está cambiando. Antes consideradas instituciones estáticas, los museos se están reinventando para ser más interactivos, centrados en la audiencia, orientados a la comunidad, flexibles, adaptables y móviles. Se han convertido en ejes culturales que funcionan como plataformas donde la creatividad se combina con el conocimiento y donde los visitantes pueden co-crear, compartir e interactuar.

A la vez que preservan sus misiones principales (recolección, conservación, comunicación, investigación, exhibición), los museos han transformado sus prácticas para acercarse a las comunidades a las que sirven. Hoy buscan formas innovadoras de abordar problemas y conflictos sociales contemporáneos. Actuando a nivel local, los museos también pueden defender y mitigar problemas de escala global, enfrentándose de manera proactiva a los desafíos que afronta nuestra sociedad. Como instituciones en el corazón de sus comunidades, tienen el poder de establecer un diálogo entre culturas, de construir puentes para un mundo pacífico y de definir un futuro sostenible.

A medida que los museos se desarrollan cada vez más en sus papeles de centros culturales, también encuentran nuevas formas de honrar sus colecciones, historias y legados, creando tradiciones que tendrán nuevos significados para las generaciones futuras y una nueva relevancia para un público contemporáneo y global cada vez más diverso. Esta transformación, que tendrá un profundo impacto en la teoría y la práctica de los museos, también obligará a los profesionales de los museos a repensar el propio valor de los museos y a cuestionar los límites éticos que definen la naturaleza misma de su trabajo.

Siendo al mismo tiempo un punto focal para la comunidad y parte integral de una red mundial, los museos ofrecen una plataforma para traducir las necesidades y visiones de sus comunidades locales a un contexto global.

Invitamos a todos los museos del mundo, ya sean grandes o pequeños, urbanos o rurales, dedicados a las artes o las ciencias, a unirse a nosotros el próximo 18 de mayo para celebrar el complejo vínculo entre el futuro y la tradición. Para ayudar a las instituciones que deseen participar en el Día Internacional de los Museos, el ICOM proporcionará un kit de organización para los museos y un mapa interactivo para promover sus actividades en el nuevo sitio web del Día Internacional de los Museos, el cual estará en línea a principios de febrero.

Para que puedan promocionar el evento en sus sitios web y redes sociales, también les enviamos el póster (disponible como archivo adjunto en su versión trilingüe) y el banner para el sitio web, que puede descargar a continuación.

Contamos con su participación para hacer de IMD un evento unificador y festivo en todo el mundo.


La Secretaría del ICOM

Registrations for ICOM Kyoto 2019 are now open!

Kyoto Sangyo University Musubiwaza-kan Gallery

You can register now for the UMAC Annual Conference in Kyoto, Japan, through the site of the 25th ICOM General Conference.

Register now.

UMAC has published a preliminary programme and the call for papers is open until the end of January. All authors submitting abstracts will be notified before the Early Bird registration ends, April 30, 2019.

Check out all the information about UMAC 2019 in Kyoto here.

Seeing you in Kyoto!