The cornerstone of ICOM is its ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums. It sets minimum standards of professional practice and performance for museums and their staff. In joining the organisation, ICOM members undertake to abide by this Code.
★★★ 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 Newsletter, CAMOCnews, is published four times a year to inform our members about the activities of city museums around the world. Above our January edition, below our current edition.
Our current, May, edition contains a variety of articles on, for example: ecomuseums; a non-existent museum of Trento in Italy; the Kaunas City Museum in Lithuania; Ellis Island, New York City; the Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean in Marseille...click here
★ We always welcome articles about city museums, new exhibitions, projects, cities, and urban life across the world. Submissions can be emailed to Layla Betti, CAMOC Secretary email@example.com
and Afsin Altayli, Editor CAMOCnews firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 arm 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. Current entries include migration to cities, and war and cities. 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...
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
In der asphalt stadt ich bin daheim Bertolt Brecht
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. With around 200 members from 43 countries we carry out projects, run workshops, we publish and we hold meetings with a specific theme in a different city each year.We also have a Museum of the City web site dedicated to cities and urban life.
Our activities over the past year are on this link
Colleagues from the USA, Slovenia, South Korea and Azerbaijan at our conference in Seoul. Theme: City Museums and the Future of the City
Museums and Cultural Landscapes
Landscapes are culture before they are nature; constructs of the imagination...Simon Schama in Landscape and Memory
Our next conference takes place on 3-9 July 2016 in Milan. It will be part of ICOM's triennial General Conference. Our hosts are ICOM Italy. We are sharing the same theme, and both conferences will be held in the same location in Milan and the timing will enable delegates to go from one to the other.
But what exactly is the theme of cultural landscapes and what questions should we try to answer? To quote from our hosts:
"First, to what extent should museums, especially those whose collections are linked to their locations, take the role of interpretation centre for the place and the community they belong to?
Secondly, how can museums disseminate the knowledge of the cultural heritage conserved both inside and outside their walls?"
One keynote speakers in the General Conference is of direct interest to CAMOC: Orhan Pamuk, perhaps the pre-eminent contemporary writer on cities and the founder of the Museum of Innocence, a city museum of Istanbul.
✯✯✯ Our booklet containing the full programme is on this link
Conference contact point: mailto:Milan2016.email@example.com
The conference venue
✯✯✯ Details of how to register and more information about the ICOM General Conference, including the programme are here.
Following on from our own conference the Cities programme at the London School of Economics is holding its Urban Age ‘Shaping Cities’ conference during the Venice Biennale. The themes include migration, tolerance and equity in cities. The dates are 14-15 July. You can check it out here.
Conflitti dell'era urbana/Conflicts of an urban age
The Cities programme is also putting on an exhibition at the Biennale curated by Ricky Burdett and his team. It is about global trends from 1990-2015. There are comparisons between cities, new urban developments and case studies of cities including Shanghai, Istanbul, London and Mexico City. The exhibition is open from 28 May to 27 November.
Migration was our theme for 2015
It will continue as one of our major themes in the coming years.
Migration is nothing new – cities owe their existence to migrants. Yet, people are migrating across national boundaries and across continents to escape conflict or poverty at a rate we have not seen for generations. But what is it to do with museums? This is a quote from Martin Roth, the 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.”
That is one reason why migration has been our theme for 2015.
1. Migration: a workshop in Glasgow, Scotland 26-27 November
Now on YouTube on the link below:
Our interactive workshop, organised by the Open Museum in Glasgow, took place at the Riverside Museum, the winner of the European Museum of the Year award in 2013. It was held in collaboration with the Maryhill Integration Network, a community centre working with migrants and refugees in the city. A full report on the workshop is in our January Newsletter, plus this link: CAMOC Glasgow Speaker's Presentation Slides And you can see the video of the workshop on our YouTube site, see above.
Carla Mardini illustrating the background to the Beit Beirut Urban and Cultural Centre. Virtually destroyed during the Civil War in Lebanon the building is becoming a centre dedicated to the city.
Apart from Beirut, we had participants from string of cities across the world. The detailed programme is here: Migration and the notes of the workshop proceedings are here: Workshop One Workshop Two Workshop Three
2. Migration: our anniversary conference in Moscow
►►►The conference video: https://youtu.be/83qDVZX5Oi8
Ten years to together : Десять лет вместе
The details of our 10th anniversary conference are now on our Conference page
Cities, people and cultures under siege
Das war ein Vorspiel nur, dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen Heinrich Heine
That was just a prelude. Where they burn books they will end up burning people.
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
Urban life: Tongli, China
In Tongli, one of the old water towns in the Yangtze basin, renovated by Professor Ruan Ysin, one of our keynote speakers at our Shanghai conference:Better City, Better Life. Ruan Ysin is China's leading authority on regeneration and has been awarded for his work by UNESCO and the French Government.
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.
11-20 June 2016: voting period for CAMOC board elections
3-9 July 2016: CAMOC annual conference in Milan (to coincide with the ICOM triennial general conference)
31 August 2016: newsletter submission deadline
30 November 2016: newsletter submission deadline
1 March 2017: newsletter submission deadline