BMS-2017 is over, preparation for the next School has begun


The BMS-2017 has been left behind. It gave us new knowledge and a clearer understanding of possibilities of digitizing the museum’s information and documentation. Our thanks to our erudite and attractive lecturers who led us in the process of acquiring knowledge! Our thanks also to Estonian colleagues who provided carefree learning opportunities!

The next BMS event is organized by Lithuania: the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture in co-operation with K.M.Čiurlionis  National Museum and Lithuanian Museum Society. BMS-2018 will be held in Kaunas, June 2018. The topic and lecturers will be known at the beginning of 2018.

More about the BMS-2017 see here (pictures by Jana Šakare)

The magical museology moment in Cēsis


The saturated training week of the Baltic Museology School has been spent in a friendly atmosphere and great environment. Everyone was eagerly capturing the knowledge that our excellent lecturers Leontine Meijer van Mensch and Dr. Peter van Mensch generously bestowed and learning the examples of modern museum practice shared by Dr. Elisabeth Tietmeyer.

The week in Cēsis has passed by as a flash during which participants managed to make friends, fall in love with the charming city and conceive new joint projects. But the greatest gain has been new insights, ideas, knowledge and desire to continue going into the binding museum theory.   As usual, also this year several Latvian museums were visited – each with its own charm, a different approach to expositions and work with visitors, but all as one – passionate, active and responsive. Thank you, Valmiera, Naukšēni, Mazsalaca and Imants Ziedonis Museums, for your hospitality and sharing your treasures.

The organisers and participants of the BMS-2016 say special thanks to the Manager of Cesis History and Art Museum, Kristīne Skrīvere, and the main Collections Manager, Dace Tabūne, for your participation in the project – without your active and friendly support the BMS-2016 event would not succeed!

Thanks also to the Ministries of Culture of all three Baltic countries and the Latvian National Cultural Fund for supporting the continuation of this project, as well as to the Cesis District Council and Cesis Culture and Tourism Center for responsiveness and warm welcome.

Now only photographs remind us about these great days full of knowledge and experiences. Moments fixed by Jana Šakare can be viewed in the flickr picture gallery of the Society of Promotion of Museology in the Baltics:

Dear Leontine, Peter and Elisabeth, thank you for your devotion to museology and the Baltic museum people, and dear participants representing Estonia, Lithuania, Georgia and Latvia, thank you for your friendlieness and active involvement in learning and sharing your experiences during the week!


The training week of BMS-2015 is completed

Baltic Museology school-2015 has finished training week in Siauliai “Aušros” museum, but participants of the BMS are still analyzing and creating a summary and conclusions of the knowledge acquired in order to forward it to their colleagues. Project organizers thank the experienced museologists Martin Schaerer and Francois Mairesse for their long-term cooperation with the BMS and willingness again and again generously share their knowledge and experience with museum people from the three Baltic States. We also thank our Lithuanian colleagues from the Ministry of Culture and “Aušros” Museum, but especially – the Museum of Photography for their responsiveness and excellent organization of the program throughout the week.

The project was possible thanks to the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of Latvia and State Culture Capital Foundation, as well as support of the Ministry of Culture of Lithuania, the Ministry of Culture of Estonia and museums interested in continuing training of their employees, therefore the BMS organizers would like to thank all the supporters and express hope that our cooperation will continue in the coming years.

Thinking about the next year’s event, we have received Leontine’s Meijer-van Mensch consent to assume development of the program for BMS-2016 involving her colleagues from the Berlin Museum of European cultures; in turn Cesis History and Art Museum has agreed to become a BMS-2016 collaboration partner, so we can say: See you again in Cēsis in June 2016!

BMS-2015 has started its work

BMS-2015 has begun its work in a welcoming “Aušros” museum in Lithuanian town Šiauliai. Employees of the three Baltic States have met the 12th time to draw knowledge in museum theory  with assistance of outstanding museologists Dr. Martin Schaerer (Switzerland) and Dr. Francois Mairesse (France).

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Learning at the Baltic Museology School-2014 is over

CIMG8175 The BMS-2014 session ended with an “advertising campaign” of the next Baltic Museology School. BMS participants say sincere thanks to the excellent lecturers Diana and Michèle for the outstanding learning process full of wisdom, fun and interactivity. Our gratitude to the BMS-2014 organizers, our Estonian colleagues Marju, Kaire, Deana, Anton and others who made ​​the BMS into such a successful and memorable event. Many thanks to all the supporters of this project – Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian Ministries of Culture, the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia and the Foundation of Haapsalu and Laanemaa Museums in particular. We look forward to seeing you in Lithuania!