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—not only urban curators but also academics, urban planners, artists, archivists, and citizens. Please become a member today. Your contribute is invaluable to our network. Click here for more information.
Check out our affiliate website, Museum of the City, spearheaded by CAMOC member Chet Orloff. It's a virtual museum of city culture, features, issues, and history that collects online exhibits submitted by citizens the world over.
In der asphalt stadt ich bin daheim Bertolt Brecht
In the asphalt city I am at home
CAMOC's artefacts are 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 all those involved and interested in urban life: historians, urban planners, architects, economists, or citizens, all of whom can exchange knowledge and ideas across national frontiers.
Click on Activities in the left hand column for our annual reports which describe our work, who we are and what we do, and where we come from across the world Under Resources we have a long list of publications on cities and city museums.
Colleagues from the USA, Slovenia, South Korea and Azerbaijan at our conference in Seoul. Theme: City Museums and the Future of the City
Under Resources we also have links to the web sites of the many organisations concerned with cities. These are two examples: urban age cities We hold meetings with a specific theme in a different city each year. For example: city museums and city development; understanding the city; collecting urban history in the electronic age; the future of the city...and this year in Moscow and Glasgow, migration.
Our conference in Shanghai. Theme: Better City,Better Life
We are a committee open to anyone who cares about cities. See the right hand column about joining CAMOC. You can also download our current Newsletter and check out our Museum of the City web site
Migration and the city
Migration is one of the great political and social issues of the day. It was our theme for our conference in Moscow and our workshop in Glasgow.
1. Migration: a workshop in Glasgow, Scotland 26-27 November
￼￼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. www.glasgowlife.org.uk
We had participants from Beirut, São Paulo, Rio and a string of cities across Europe. 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
The theme of CAMOC's 10th anniversary conference 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.
You can click here to see the conference programme.
10 conferences from Boston to Moscow
The conference was held in the Museum of Moscow, the museum about the city's past, present and future: Музей Москвы - лучшее место, чтобы познакомиться c Москвой. 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.
Moscow today: population 12 million +
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
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.
European Museum of the Year Award 2015: Glasgow, Scotland.
This year the ceremony was held at the Zaha Hadid and Buro Happold designed Riverside Museum where our 2015 workshop will be 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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