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.
The current Newsletter, January 2016, is here It contains articles on the Museum of London and its proposed move to Smithfield Market, the new Museum of Stockholm, the Cultural Mapping conference in Malta, the Oscar Schindler Enamel Factory at the Museum of Krakow, our Migration workshop in Glasgow, and more...41 pages of photos and text. All our back issues can be accessed under Publications.
★ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
and Afsin Altayli, Editor CAMOCnews email@example.com.
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
In the asphalt city I am at home
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. We carry out projects, run workshops, we publish and we hold meetings with a specific theme in a different city each year.
You can download our January 2016 Newsletter and check out our Museum of the City web site where current entries include our 2015 theme, migration. Rolling news and stories about cities and about CAMOC are posted on our Facebook page.
Go to this link for a full account of all our activities over the past year, including a detailed write-up of our Moscow conference and our two workshops in Berlin and Glasgow, and our plans for 2016.
Colleagues from the USA, Slovenia, South Korea and Azerbaijan at our conference in Seoul. Theme: City Museums and the Future of the City
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 and the theme this year is Museums and Cultural Landscapes. We have drawn up an outline programme and we're now calling for papers - click here for all the details. We want your input - your ideas and your experiences. So we look forward to meeting you in Milan, Italy's second largest city and its great centre of finance, fashion and design.
Contact point: mailto:Milan2016.firstname.lastname@example.org
The conference venue
Details of the ICOM General Conference are here.
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
2. Migration: our anniversary conference in Moscow
►►►The conference video: https://youtu.be/83qDVZX5Oi8
Ten years to together : Десять лет вместе
For our 10th anniversary conference we returned to Moscow, the city where we were founded in April 2005. Our theme this time was Memory and Migration, the City and its Museum. We looked at the impact of migration on cities, the memories that migrants carry with them of a life left behind, cultural and social inclusion, and ways in which city museums have responded, and can respond, to the current crisis. Our keynote speakers were from New York, Tel-Aviv, and Moscow, plus the Director of Moscow City Museum, and past presidents of CAMOC, and those of us who helped to found our committee in 2005. You can click here to see the conference programme.
Our colleagues also produced a booklet with an introduction by Vladimir Tolstoy, President of ICOM Russia and Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation, plus statements by colleagues and items on our conferences over the years.
Moscow today: population 12 m +. The wider agglomeration: 16 m +
All our city conferences: a graphic illustration by the Museum of Moscow
We had a variety of excursions, and as an integral part of our programme, a visit to the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre.
The conference was held in the Museum of Moscow, the museum about the city's past, present and future. It is at the centre of a complex of museums spread across Moscow, all concerned in some form or other with the city and its people.
The Museum building, across the Moscow River from Gorki Park, is one of the city's finest examples of the neoclassical Empire Style, built in 1829-1831 by Vasily Stasov and Fyodor Shestakov. It was originally an army provisions warehouse.
Part of the building complex shortly after it was converted into the Museum
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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 2015: Glasgow, Scotland.
Last year the ceremony took place at the Zaha Hadid and Buro Happold designed Riverside Museum where our 2015 workshop was held. The overall winner for 2015 is the Rijskmuseum, Amsterdam. You can check out the full details and a list of all the other winners in different categories on http://www.europeanmuseumforum.info
The European Museum Forum organises this annual event, and is committed to quality, creativity and innovation in museums in Europe. Its chair is Goranka Horjan, Croatia.
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