By ICOM

This quantity presents an extraordinary exploration of ethics and museum perform, contemplating the controversies and debates which encompass key matters akin to provenance, possession, cultural identification, environmental sustainability and social engagement. utilizing a number of case reports which replicate the inner realities and day-by-day actions of museums as they tackle those matters, from exhibition content material and museum study to schooling, responsibility and new applied sciences, Museums, Ethics and Cultural Heritage allows a better figuring out of the function of museums as complicated and multifaceted associations of cultural construction, identity-formation and history upkeep.

Benefitting from ICOM’s distinctive place within the museum international, this assortment brings an international diversity of lecturers and pros jointly to envision museums ethics from a number of views. supplying a extra whole photograph of the varied actions now performed via museums, Museums, Ethics and Cultural history will attract practitioners, lecturers and scholars alike.

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This constant reprise and update of standards should be pursued in cooperation with all who are responsible for museums, especially governmental proprietors and leaders in the political sphere, in order to advance the cause of museums in their protection of unique, interconnected heritage collections and long cared-for resources for the ongoing understanding of human history and social development. The International Council of Museums has acted collaboratively in the past, parallel to UNESCO’s Conventions development – especially the pathfinding 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, at a time when the international museums community formulated its first shared ethical statement around the ethics of acquisition, in endeavoring to advance museums’ awareness around international standards that should govern any continuing collecting of cultural objects, especially antiquities, cultural heritage jeopardized during armed conflicts, and the cultural heritage of formerly colonized peoples.

Recommendation on the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections, their Diversity and their Role in Society. [Final Draft], May 2015. , 2010. Le musée hybride. Paris: La Documentation Française. , 2015. Palmyre, l’irremplaçable trésor. Paris: Albin Michel. 3 THE WORK OF THE ICOM ETHICS COMMITTEE Martin R. Schärer The Ethics Committee of the International Council of Museums celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016. It was created shortly after the adoption of the first comprehensive Code of Ethics by the General Assembly of ICOM in 1986.

What will become of museums in the twenty-first century? What role can they continue to play in a world where culture, heritage and collections are being held to ransom, trafficked and in many cases destroyed? It is a world where the historical value of cultural property must be defended, a world where profiteering has taken precedence over the accessibility of collections, a world where museums of all types and sizes and in all locations are in danger, due to a lack of financial resources needed to maintain them, to continue their educational activities in service of society, and to develop their research and training programmes.

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