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★★★ You don't have to work in a city museum to join CAMOC. We welcome anyone who cares about cities. By joining us you can take part in all our activities and your contribution can be invaluable to our work. Click here for more information.
Our latest newsletter can be downloaded here. Articles include an account of the Beit Beirut Museum and Urban Cultural Centre in Beirut, the European Solidarity (Solidarność) Centre in Gdansk, innovation districts in cities, "Can drawing change the way we experience a city?..."
The newsletter is also a journal where we aim to advance knowledge in our field. We produce four issues a year and we welcome contributions from not only our members, but also from those who are interested and involved in cities and museums about them, and in urban life.
Check out our affiliate website, Museum of the City, spearheaded by our CAMOC member Chet Orloff, Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, Orgeon, where the site is based.
Effectively, it acts as an extension of our ICOM based site. It's a virtual museum of city culture, features, issues, and history that collects online exhibits submitted by citizens the world over. The site is continuously updated.
Our latest ebook will appear shortly. Chapters include: The Windhoek City Museum, South Africa by Aaron Nambadi; City Museum: Defining a New Museum, by Jean-louis Postula; The City as Museum and the Museum as City by Larry Beasley; The Anahuacalli Diego Rivera Museum, Mexico by Yanni Herreman...
"Longtemps inscrit dans un schema classique, centré sur ses collections, le musée de ville a évolué au rythme de sa diffusion sur tous les continents et de ses adaptations aux forms successives de a muséologie...le secteur de musée de ville est particulièrement dynamique..."
This is a definitive account of the history and reality of museums about cities. It's by our colleague Jean-Louis Postula, and is published by La Documentation Française, Paris in July 2015.
"Richement illustré, cet ouvrage constitue une première synthèse globale..."
In der asphalt stadt ich bin daheim Bertolt Brecht
Sous les pavés, la plage Paris 1968
CAMOC is about the city and its people—their history, their present and their future. It is a forum for those who work in museums about cities, but also for anyone involved and interested in urban life: historians, urban planners, architects, citizens, all of whom can exchange knowledge and ideas across national frontiers.
Our history and our aims as an international committee of ICOM are set out in the ABOUT link on this page. Our annual reports are also on this link. They provide detailed information on the year's activities including our membership and where it comes from across the world. See also our Museum of the City web site and our Facebook entry which is dedicated to news about cities and city museums and to events of interest to our members.
Suay Aksoy, former Chair of CAMOC, elected the new President of ICOM
Museums and Cultural Landscapes
Landscapes are culture before they are nature; constructs of the imagination...Simon Schama in Landscape and Memory
Our conference formed part of ICOM's triennial conference and was an examination of ICOM's theme of Museums and Cultural Landscapes. This time we joined forces with a number of other committees and organisations to have a series of joint sessions to look at the theme from different perspectives. The details are on our CONFERENCES section, where you can read the presentations made.
Two items of special note for CAMOC: our former Chair, Suay Aksoy, has been elected President of ICOM, a great achievement.
Joana Monteiro is CAMOC's new chair, Afsin Altayli the new secretary and Layla Betti the treasurer.
A tale of two cities: Milan 2016
Integrating immigrants and people not from the dominant culture into the urban fabric is a huge challenge. RT Rybak, former Mayor of Minneapolis
Migration has been the theme of one of our workshops in Glasgow and our 10th anniversary conference in Moscow and it will continue as one of our major themes in the coming years. Why? Cities, our artefact, owe their existence to migrants and we cannot ignore them. This is a quote from Martin Roth, the former German Director of the British Victoria and Albert Museum in London:
Museums are places of and for migrants and the fresh perspectives, ideas, questions and skills that they bring.
Именно музей может стать той площaдкoй, которая поможет мигрантaм преодолеть сложности coциaлизации, сохpaнить cвою культуру и традиции, поделиться ими c местным нaceлением и тем самым стать ближе друг другу. Влaдимир Толстой, Президент ИКОМ Рoccии. It is the museum that can provide the space where migrants can work to overcome the difficulties of socialisation, to preserve their culture and traditions, to share them with local people, and in this way bring people closer together. Vladimir Tolstoy, President ICOM Russia.
Cities, people and cultures under siege
Das war ein Vorspiel nu. Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen Heine
That was just a prelude. Where they burn books they will end up burning people.
Ihr Städte des Euphrats!/Ihr Gassen von Palmyra! /Ihr Säulenwälder in der Ebne der Wüste, /Was seid ihr? Höderlin
Euphrates' cities/ and Palmyra's streets and you /Forests of columns in the level desert /What are you now?
The consequences of war: Donetsk City and Regional Museum, Ukraine
This is what remained of the museum as it celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2014. In the same year, on the 6th of August, the great photojournalist Aндрей Стенин|Andrei Stenin was killed not far from the Museum. He was 34 years of age. A museum can be re-built, but not a human life.
Donetsk is not the only city to suffer. The link below is a complete record of a conference in London, Culture in Crisis, organised in April 2015 by the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and the Victoria and Albert Museum. It gives an account of the destruction of irreplaceable artefacts and historic city sites in Syria, Iraq, Afganistan, Mali and countries across the world. There are presentations on the practical role museums can play and recommendations for action.
There are other relevant links: www.ancbs.org gives a comprehensive summary of the Hague Convention of 1954 which created rules to protect universal cultural heritage in times of war and the work of international organisations in the field.
UNESCO itself builds "coalitions for culture" by co-ordinating the work of the various partners such as the armed forces, Interpol, national governments - and museums. It sets out ways in which museums can help on this site: www.unite4heritage.org See also the ICOM web site which describes ICOM's work in conflict zones and in disaster relief: www.icom.museum Information about World Heritage sites, the World Heritage Convention and UNESCO's World Heritage mission is on:
http://whc.unesco.org/en/conventiontext See also Les biens culturels en temps de guerre/Cultural Property in time of war, an up-to-date account by Dr Jiri Toman. It is available, in French or English, from UNESCO PUBLISHING
Two other relevant links: ICCROM (the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) has created a 'crowdmap" for heritage in the aftermath of the earthquake in Italy in August 2016 http://www.iccrom.org/crowdmap-for-heritage-in-the-italy-earthquake/ The Curious Travellers project aims to build up a database for historic sites under threat. One aim is to invite the public to upload their photographs of such sites so that they can be used to create 3D digital models before places like Cyrene in Libya or Palmyra are lost forever - not unlike the methods used in the re-building of Warsaw after World War Two. The details are on this link.
Then there is the involvement of ICOM with Blue Shield. Click here for a report on the meeting during the ICOM triennial in Milan arranged by the very active Blue Shield branch in the Netherlands.
See also the articles by Peter G Stone on The Challenge of Protecting Heritage in Times of Armed Conflict, and by Nao Hayashi on Heritage and Conflict Situations Museum International No 285-268
European Museum of the Year Award 2016
This year the prize at an awards ceremony on 9 April in San Sebastian, Spain went to POLIN: Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw. Another Polish museum picked up the Council of Europe Museum Prize – The European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk. Of particular interest to CAMOC is the Silletto Prize for excellence in working with the local community and involving local volunteers. This year it went to the Vukovar City Museum in Vukovar, Croatia. The chair of the European Museums Forum, which organises the awards, is Goranka Horjan, Director of the Ethnographic Museum of Zagreb.
30 November 2016: newsletter submission deadline
1 March 2017: newsletter submission deadline