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    Guidelines for Regional Workshops under ICMM Banner

    Background: In the Spring of 2012, ICMM’s Executive Council established a working group to develop a proposal for the first regional ICMM-flagged workshop. The proposal for a Northern European workshop was approved by the ICMM EC. On the 7-8 March 2013 the first workshop organised under the ICMM banner was held at the Maritime Museum & Aquarium in Gothenburg, Sweden. Fifty participants from twenty maritime museums in eight countries in Northern Europe gathered for two intense days to share experiences in workshops, case studies and talks. The workshop was judged to be a good start for this ICMM initiative.

    The following guidelines have been prepared for the guidance of organisers wishing to stage future regional workshops under the ICMM banner

    1:  A proposal to stage an ICMM-flagged Regional Workshop should be sent to the ICMM Executive Council for approval, addressed to the President and Secretary General. The proposal should give outline details of the event including the name of the host institution and any institutional partners.

    2: Applications to host ICMM Regional Workshops must be lodged at least 5 months before the date of the event.

    3:  The subject matter of the Workshop should be connected with maritime heritage and/or maritime museum business.

    4:  The institution hosting an ICMM Regional Workshop must be a full institutional member of ICMM. Ideally, any institutional partners in the Workshop should also be ICMM members but, on occasions, there may be good reasons for exceptions to this.

    5:  An ICMM Regional Workshop must be organised, administered and funded by the host institution and, where applicable, partner institutions. Fees may be charged to delegates to recover costs.

    6:  Prior to any promotion of the Workshop, the workshop organising committee should circulate the programme and proposed content of the workshop to members of the ICMM EC for constructive comment.

    7:  The organisers of an ICMM-flagged Regional Workshop should invite the President of ICMM, or the President’s nominee, to open the event and, where appropriate, to present a paper.

    8: ICMM cannot be mentioned in any advance promotion for a Workshop until formal endorsement has been received from ICMM.

    9: The Workshop organiser should submit a short report to the ICMM Secretary General within a month after the event, and a report on the Workshop for the ICMM website.

     

    Robert Domzal –ICMM EC member, November 2013

    Last Updated (Tuesday, 05 November 2013 16:20)

     

    New ICMM initiative off to a good start

     

    On the 7-8 March 2013 the first workshop organised by a new ICMM network on exhibitions was held at the Maritime Museum & Aquarium in Gothenburg, Sweden. Fifty participants from twenty maritime museums in eight countries in Northern Europe gathered for two intense days to share experiences in workshops, case studies and talks. The workshop was judged to be a good start for this ICMM initiative.

     

     

    ICMM North European Network on Exhibitions – First Workshop Report

    On the 7th and 8th March 2013 some fifty people gathered at the Maritime Museum & Aquarium, in Gothenburg, Sweden. The occasion was the start of a brand new network about exhibitions in maritime museums. The participants were staff from museums in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

    The idea of regional – in this case North European – networks is new to ICMM, but the meeting in Gothenburg proved it to be a good idea. Few of the participants knew each other beforehand but you would not have thought so judging by the chatter within the group minutes after the start.

     

    ICMM’s President, Frits Loomeijer, opened the workshop by explaining the ideas behind the network and by posing a set of provocative questions to start discussion. He was followed by nine talks, each of ten minutes, presenting recently opened exhibitions. Each had a special focus; for example, the approach of the exhibition, its creation, or its target groups.

    The first day ended with a presentation by the host museum of the transformation process carried out in the museum during recent years. The next day began with a presentation of a newly opened floor in the museum.

    Three parallel workshops followed; developing exhibition exchanges, developing permanent displays, and using focus and reference groups in exhibition projects.  The meeting ended with lunch on Day 2.

     

    The motto of the network is ‘keep it simple’, and the network concept is that staff at maritime museums should have the opportunity to visit new maritime exhibitions and to meet colleagues, to discuss ideas, challenges and current projects. By keeping the meetings short it is possible to attend even if delegates are busy and time is limited. On the other hand, short meetings enable delegates to combine the workshop with visits to other museums in the neighbourhood, or to hold meetings with co-operation partners.

     

    The organisers of the workshop would like to thank everybody who took part and thus contributed to a successful start of the network. An evaluation will now take place among the participants and a report on the workshop will be prepared for the ICMM Executive Council.

    There is little doubt that the report will end up by recommending another workshop next year.

     

    Workshop organisers:

    Maria Dalhed, Vasa Museum, Stockholm

    Mette Guldberg, Fisheries and Maritime Museum, Esbjerg

    Britta Söderqvist, Maritime Museum & Aquarium, Gothenburg

     

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