Sondaggio ICOFOM sulla definizione di Museo di ICOM

Riportiamo la comunicazione ricevuta dal Presidente e dai membri del Board di ICOFOM, relativa al sondaggio sulla definizione di Museo di ICOM, ampiamente dibattuta durante la General Conference di Kyoto, settembre 2019. Come anticipato nella Newsletter di dicembre, la scadenza è stata estesa: 31 dicembre 2019.

A gentle reminder: extension of the deadline to answer to the survey on the proposal of new definition of the museum.

Understanding that the ICOM museum definition is the most structural and operational tool for the organization to express its central values and mission to the museum world, we, the International Committee for Museology Chair and board members, would like to consult the ICOFOM community using a dialogical methodology to collect our various viewpoints on the current proposed definition.

ICOFOM therefore invites our members to express their views to us on the new proposed museum definition, answering to our Survey. Our goal as a committee is to collect a wide range of opinions representing the cultural diversity of our members, including those who have not yet had the opportunity to participate fully in this debate. Gathering this greater range of diverse viewpoints, we will then present and publicize a general report, in keeping with our mission within the ICOM network.

Here is the text of the new definition proposed for consideration by the ICOM Executive Board:
“Museums are democratising, inclusive and polyphonic spaces for critical dialogue about the pasts and the futures. Acknowledging and addressing the conflicts and challenges of the present, they hold artefacts and specimens in trust for society, safeguard diverse memories for future generations and guarantee equal rights and equal access to heritage for all people.
Museums are not for profit. They are participatory and transparent, and work in active partnership with and for diverse communities to collect, preserve, research, interpret, exhibit, and enhance understandings of the world, aiming to contribute to human dignity and social justice, global equality and planetary wellbeing.”

In order to present a report representing an analysis of the viewpoints of our members and propose amendments in the new text for the museum definition before the next ICOM General Assembly in Paris in June 2020, we ask that members who are willing to contribute answer to this Survey before 31 December 2019, when the results will be analysed.

We thank you for your cooperation and we are looking forward to working together for the new museum definition!    Respectfully,
ICOFOM Chair and Board members (2019-2022)