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18 May 2017: International Museum Day.

On 18 May we celebrate International Museum day. Entrance to the Museum will be FREE of charge, so that the public can celebrate this important day.

International Museum Day 2017:

Each year, ICOM chooses a socially relevant theme for International Museum Day (IMD).
The theme chosen for 2017 is 'Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in
museums'.

History is a vital tool for defining a given people's identity, and each of us defines ourselves through
important and fundamental historic events. Contested histories are unfortunately not isolated
traumatic events. These histories, which are often little known or misunderstood, resonate
universally, as they concern and affect us all.

Museum collections offer reflections of memories and representations of history. This day will
therefore provide an opportunity to show how museums display and depict traumatic memories to
encourage visitors to think beyond their own individual experiences.
By focusing on the role of museums as hubs for promoting peaceful relationships between people,
this theme highlights how the acceptance of a contested history is the first step in envisioning a
shared future under the banner of reconciliation.

By mediating and expressing multiple points of view, museums play a role in peacefully addressing
traumatic histories – while still sharing knowledge of the past and giving it meaning to help us
understand the world today. Museums therefore become tools for teaching universal values and
help create a common destiny among different, peaceful geopolitical spaces.
This theme therefore highlights the significant contribution of museums in modern society. Museums
ask fundamental questions about any society by providing tools that encourage critical reflection on
the issues of memory that shape it or tear it apart. Using a variety of museum methods and different
ways of displaying contested histories offers tools for the critical appropriation and acceptance of
the past and the establishment of a dialogue to help reconcile memories.

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International Museum day
Posted: 2017/05/17 (09:07:45 AM)


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