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.
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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...
The Making of the Heritage of Mankind
Un nouveau livre de notre membre Isabelle Anatole-Gabriel. Elle dirige à l’Unesco l’unité Europe et Amérique du Nord au Centre du patrimoine mondial.
A new book by our colleague, Isabelle Anatole-Gabriel, who is head of the Europe and North America unit at UNESCO's Centre for World Heritage.
Isabelle développe dans ce livre une réflexion critique et neuve sur les mécanismes de la fabrication par l’Unesco du patrimoine de l’humanité depuis la création de l’organisation internationale en 1945. Ce livre comble par conséquent une lacune importante dans la connaissance de ce phénomène au cœur du débat sur la mondialisation culturelle.
Isabelle reflects on how the making of cultural heritage has been fashioned by UNESCO since its creation in 1945. The book fills an important gap in the understanding of this phenomenon at the heart of the debate on the globalisation of culture.
"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.
See also our Museum of the City web site.
Ciudad de México 2017
Museums and Contested Histories, Mexico City 30-31 October 2017
CAMOC’s 13th Annual Conference will be held in Mexico City on 30-31 October 2017. The main theme of the conference will be Museums and Contested Histories which is also ICOM’S International Museum Day theme for 2017. Further updates will appear on this page. In the meantime, we can announce one event in advance:
El Dia de los Muertos. Apart from the post conference tours, there is one unique event in which delegates can take part. The two days immediately following the conference, 1-2 November, will coincide with Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations. Since 2008 they have been on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It will be an unmissable two days.
CAMOC is planning to organise the second workshop of the Migration:Cities project just before this conference (see below for the details of the first). The exact date of the workshop will be announced soon but it is expected to be held just before the Conference, on Saturday, October the 28th.
Our partners include: Yani Herreman, CAMOC member, former ICOM-LAC President and a museum scholar in Mexico City ICOM Mexico: http://www.icommexico.mx/ La Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía: http://www.encrym.edu.mx/ Secretario de Cultura, Gobierno de la Ciudad de México: http://www.cultura.cdmx.gob.mx/
Museo de la Ciudad de México: http://www.cultura.cdmx.gob.mx/recintos/mcm
Migration, conflict and city museums
Museums are places of and for migrants and the fresh perspectives, ideas, questions and skills that they bring.
Martin Roth, the former German Director of the British Victoria and Albert Museum in London
Migration, so often the result of conflict, is one of the dominating social and political issues of the day. All of us living in the city are migrants or the descendants of migrants in one way or another. Therefore migration is a permanent item on our agenda. It has been the theme of our 2015 workshop in Glasgow and our conference in Moscow, and it will be the theme of our next workshop in Athens.
Migration: Cities (Im)migration and Arrival Cities
6-7 February 2017, Athens
This inaugural workshop for the Migration: Cities project will explore the impact of the influx of migrants on contemporary cities, ranging from polarisation and exclusion to enrichment and the creation of new cultural resources, and the roles museums can have in collecting, presenting and collaborating in these processes. The workshop aims to bring together museum professionals, NGO representatives, psychologists, social workers, specialists in intercultural education and (im)migrants, who will exchange ideas in a very interactive way.
The preliminary programme is on this link.
A limited number of travel grants will be available for CAMOC members. Please follow our website and social media platforms for further updates.
Registration deadline: 6 January 2017
Museums and Cultural Landscapes
All the details are now on our conference page
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.
18 December: UN International Migrants Day
Newsletter: 1 March 2017: newsletter submission deadline