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09 Nov 2017 - 11 Nov 2017

The Value of Museum Collections - NEMO 25th Annual Conference

OPEN HEART SURGERY – The Value of Museum Collections - the Network of European Museum Organisations/NEMO’s 25th Annual Conference takes place 9-11 November 2017 in Ghent, Belgium. Registration is open.

From 9-11 November 2017, Ghent will be home to NEMO’s 25th Annual Conference and birthday event! For three days, NEMO gathers representatives from European national museum organisations, museum experts, and policy makers and stakeholders from the European cultural sector to exchange expertise, discuss, liaise and network.

Collections are at the heart of museums. As their core and basis, NEMO wants to take an open look at how museums operate with their collections nowadays. How do museums make their heart beat, how is it connected to other organs in the museum-body and to society?

We want to debate questions about how museum collections can help develop a sense of identity – both for the museum itself and their community. What are the contemporary approaches to museum collecting today? How must we challenge traditional museum thinking and practice, and redefine the museum's role in socially and politically changing times?

Museum experts from all over Europe will present museum concepts and projects reaching into political and social spheres or opening up collections to participative, modern and exceptional approaches. Museums need to deal with new tasks, new challenges and opportunities within a digital and diverse society, preserving intangible heritage, representing diverse and shared heritage. These tasks have to be met with changing resources, structures, expertise and skill sets to make sure collections are accessible for current and future audiences.

Additionally, this year’s conference offers various hands-on workshops that look into different aspects collection handling. NEMO also offers the unique opportunity to connect to European museum-related projects and initiatives during a EU Project Slam.

Join NEMO for two intensive days with the European museum and cultural sector in Ghent, Belgium!