BMS 2004. Sigulda, Latvia, 27.06.-03.07
Museums and Their Role in Contemporary World
Scholar Emeritus, Center for Education and Museum Studies, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 1974‑1995 Deputy Director, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 1967‑1974 Administrator, Whitney Museum of American Art. 1963‑1967 Vice‑President and General Manager, Marlborough Gallery. 1956‑1963 Associate, Rosenman Colin Freund Lewis & Cohen.
Publications: Making Museums Matter (Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 2002); A Cabinet of Curiosities: Inquiries into Museums and Their Prospects (Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1995); Rethinking the Museum (Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1990; Beauty and the Beasts: On Museums, Art, the Law, and the Market (Smithsonian Press, Washington, D.C., 1983). Articles and reviews published in Apollo, ARTnews, Art in America, Museum News, Daedalus, Curator, Asian Arts, The Museologist, Art Antiquity and Law, The International Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship, Muse, The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, Law Library Journal, Print Collectors Newsletter and elsewhere.
Crispin Paine is an international Museums and Heritage Consultant with over thirteen years experience, following a career in heritage resource management that took him from small local museums to Director of the UK’s largest Area Museum Council. He works on a wide range of projects, from displays in a volunteer-run museum in a Welsh mining village to a new National Museum for Oman, for he believes passionately in the benefits that an enjoyment of their heritage can bring to communities small and large. Crispin has combined work as a heritage consultant with a number of part-time or short-term posts in the sector, some more strategic, some more hands-on. Now, however, he is increasingly concentrating on research, writing and teaching across the heritage field as a whole. Crispin’s field is social history, and his specialist subject is the material culture of religion, in which he has recently founded a new journal, Material Religion: the Journal of Objects, Art and Belief; details are on the Journal’s temporary website http://enterprise.is.tcu.edu/~bplate/materialreligion.htm. He is also actively involved with the interpretation of religious heritage through the partnership SACRED PLACES; details at www.sacredplaces.co.uk.
BMS 2005. Bernāti, Latvia, 9.-16.06
Heritage in Museums
Born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1945. Studies in history, pedagogy and art history at Zurich University. Historical research in Germany and Belgium. Thesis on German Annexionspolitik in the West during World War II. Ph.D. in 1972. From 1973 to 1979 scientific collaborator of the Swiss National Museum in Zurich; chief of the scientific library and author of exhibitions on Swiss history; editor of the Guidebook of Swiss Museums. 1979 to 1985 creation of a new interdisciplinary museum on food (Alimentarium) in Vevey; opening in 1985; since then director of this museum. From 1985 to 1991 president of the Swiss Museums Association. From 1993 to 1998 president of ICOM’s International Committee for Museology (ICOFOM). From 1993 to 1999 president of the Swiss National Committee of ICOM. Since 1998 member of the Executive Council of ICOM. Initiator of the Postgraduate Studies Programme in Museology at Basle University (since 1992). Member of the scientific commission of this Programme. Lecturer of museology. Author of articles on museology and food history.
Studies in geology, pedagogic and museum education at the University of Oslo. Geological master thesis in ore deposits in 1992. PhD-thesis in Museum education on how museums can contribute to improving public understanding of science with geology as an example, in 2002. From 1992 to 1994 assisting conservator at Mineralogical-Geological Museum in Oslo, Norway. Organized seminars, exhibitions and gave lectures in geology. 1992 – 2000 adviser at Norwegian Museum Authority. Have organized exhibitions, seminars, courses etc about combining natural and cultural history in museums. From 2000 adviser in Department of Strategy and Planning at Norwegian Archive, Library and Museum Authority. Started a new study in Norway in museums education in cooperation with Oslo University College. Have been invited to give lecture in museum education in museums all over Norway, and also in Sweden. Gave in 2003 lectures in visitor studies in “Riksutstellningar” in Sweden and was in 2005 lecturing in learning theory and museum education at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Leader of the reference group for “The Culture Schoolbag” http://www.denkulturelleskolesekken.no/index.php. In 2003 did an evaluation of the Department of Public in Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet in Stockholm in Sweden.
Alison James, BEd MA AMA, is a Museum Consultant based in London, working throughout the UK and overseas. She has worked in the museum education sector since 1988. She has a Diploma and a Masters degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, specialising in museum education. Since 1993 she has been self-employed, working on projects with a variety of different museums and related organisations including small independents, university, local authority and national museums as well as a hands-on discovery centre. She also works with regional agencies, Resource and overseas museum authorities. Alison has a good network of contacts throughout the profession and an understanding of the reality for museums at grass roots level. She specialises in the following areas: research, evaluation, learning, consultancy, training, strategy and policy development and interpretation. Training in evaluation and the co-ordination of evaluation projects has formed a key element of her recent work. She has a particular interest in qualitative evaluation. She has worked in Norway and Sweden and understands Scandinavian languages.
BMS 2006. Valmiera, Latvia, 9.-16.06
Heritage in Museums
Peter van Mensch is a professor of cultural heritage at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, Faculty of Museology (Reinwardt Academie) and course director of its international master degree programme of museology. He studied zoology and archaeology at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and earned his PhD degree at the University of Zagreb (Croatia) on the basis of a thesis on the theory of museology in 1992. After having worked in the field of archaeology at the Government Agency for Field Archaeology and the University of Amsterdam, he decided to devote his professional career to museology. Between 1967 and 1982 he worked for several museums (history, applied art and natural history) in the Netherlands as assistant curator, registrar, educator and exhibition coordinator. Since 1982 he is full-time lecturing theoretical museology at the Reinwardt Academie. Between 1986 and 1994 he was also lecturer of museology at the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and between 1986 and 1999 also at the International Summer School of Museology (Brno, Czech Republic). At the moment he is regular guest lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam, Netherlands), de Universiteit van Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands), and the University of Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil). On an international level Peter van Mensch takes part in the activities of the International Council of Museums, from 1979-1982 as member of the board of the International Committee on Education and Cultural Action and between 1983 and 1993 as member of the board of the International Committee for Museology. From 1989-1993 he was president of this last committee and, as such, member of the Advisory Board of the International Council of Museums.
Degree in Engineering Management, graduated from the Solvay Business School, the Free University of Brussels, 1991. Belgium. Degree in Art History, speciality – contemporary art, the Free University of Brussels, 1994, Belgium. Doctor of Philosophy, Art History Department, Free University of Brussels, 1998, Belgium. Since 2002 Director of the Royal Museum of Mariemont ince 2002 Director The Royal Museum of Marienmont (A scientific institution of the French community in Morlanwelz, Belgium). Since 1999 responsible for the General Museology Course at the Jean Moulin 3 University, Lyon, France Masters programme “Museology and New Media” (director: Prof. Bernard Deloche). From 1994-2004 Research associate at the Free University of Brussels (1999-2002) Advisor to the Prime Minister to the Prime Minister of Belgium’s French community M. Hervé Hasquin (1999-2002). Research associate at the National Foundation of Scientific Research (1999). Researcher at the Interuniversity Collaboration Centre (1998-1999). Postgraduate at the National Foundation of Scientific Research (1994-98).
BMS 2007. Jūrmala, Latvia, 1.-8.07
Museums and Management
Director of the planning and development working group at the Stuttgart City Museum. Museum consultant with LORD Cultural Resources Planning & Management. Reader in various institutions and study programmes related to museums: Free University of Berlin, Technical University of Berlin, Technical University of Karlsruhe, Universities of Hamburg and Basel, German National Academy for Cultural Education in Wolfenbattel, the Rhineland Archives and Museums Authority, Bavarian Non-Governmental Museums Centre. Freelance worker for various museums: Mercedes-Benz M, Stuttgart (1986-1992); Deutsches Museum, Munich (1987-1989); Munich City Museum; National Museum of American History, Washington D.C.
Lynne Teather in Associate Professor at the Museum Studies Masters Program in the Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto, where she has been teaching since 1980.With over 30 years of experience in the museum field, she has been involved with the development of museums and museum associations in Canada and abroad. Her professional work includes a broad range of projects, many related to professionalizing museum work and curriculum development, and has made frequent contributions to museum conferences. As a museologist and the first recipient of the doctorate from Leicester University in 1984, Lynneâ€™s interests range from the history and theory of museums to their operations, from new media developments to working with pluralism and communities. Whatever a museums size, type or location in the world, she holds the belief that it is through critical thinking or reflective practice that we succeed in connecting museums to their citizens and thus achieve sustainable and socially meaningful cultural places.
BMS 2008. Palmse, Estonia, 15.-21.06
Museum’s Social Purpose: Temple or Forum?
Dr. Alf Hatton, Chartered FCIPD, FMA
Alf is a Strategy & Organisational Development Consultant. He has held Museum Directorships in Monmouth, Wales, Ipswich and Coventry in England, and the Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow University Scotland, and academic posts at University College London, where he established the MA Museum Studies in 1986, Birmingham University’s Ironbridge Institute, Nottingham Trent University, Strathclyde Graduate Business School where he was Deputy Director, and the North East Wales Institute (University of Wales) where he was Dean of Enterprise. His interests are in strategic management and organizational change and development, and he has published research on organizational culture in museums, museum performance indicators and strategic decision-making among museum directors.
Dr. Jane Legget FMA
Jane Legget is Associate Director (Heritage Tourism) in the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) where she also teaches heritage and cultural tourism. She is an experienced museum professional who has worked in a range of museum roles and institutions in Britain and New Zealand. As curator, collection manager, planner, project manager, educator and consultant, she has a special affinity with social history collections and community museums. She recently served as Museum Development Officer with New Zealand’s national museum Te Papa, advising regional museums about good museum practice and implementing the New Zealand Museum Standards programme, which she had previously developed and tested as project manager. Jane’s research interests include: museum management and accountability, the value of collections, museums and national heritage, museums and gender, and most recently, museums and tourism. Her doctorate investigated stakeholder perspectives on museum accountability. Jane has taught Museum Studies at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) and the University of Leicester (UK), and is an adjunct faculty member of Massey University and the University of Victoria Wellington (NZ). Jane serves on the Board of the International Committee for Regional Museums as Vice-Chairman, and edits Te Ara – Journal of Museums Aotearoa, the publication for the New Zealand museum sector.
BMS 2009. Kedainiai, Lithuania, 12.-18.07.
Managing Change in Museums
David Fleming has been the Director of National Museum Liverpool since 2001, and is the President of the ICOM International Committee on Museum Management. http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/about/seniorstaff/david_fleming.aspx
Agrita Ozola, the Director of Tukums Museum, lecturer in the Museology Masters programme at the Latvian Academy of Culture and participant of all of the BMS projects, is also involved in directing the activities of the BMS.
BMS 2010. Rēzekne, Latvia,13.-19.06
Intangible Heritage and Museums
Paula dos Santos is a Managing director of the International Master’s Degree Programme in Museology at Reinwardt Academy in Amsterdam. She lectures theoretical museology, sociomuseology and ethics at the Reinwardt Academy and is a guest lecturer at the master’s courses in museology at the Universidade Lusofona and the University of Gothenburg. Museologist (University of Rio de Janeiro) and Master of Museology (Reinwardt Academy). PhD candidate in Sociomuseology (Universidade Lusofona), carrying out research about heritage and social development. Research interests are: Stakeholder participation in heritage management, community participation, social movements, etc., the network society and its implications for museums and heritage, including the agency of knowledge networks Community museology, sociomuseology and community development. Project co-ordinator for the Culturalia Foundation, responsible for knowledge network projects in the heritage field in Portuguese speaking countries. She is also active in the field of sociomuseology and advices heritage and network projects, especially in the Netherlands and Brazil. Board member of the Movement for a New Museology (MINOM).
Senior Lecturer of Bournemouth University – Museums and Heritage Programme. Programme Leader for the internationally renowned MA Museum Studies, I also work as a part-time senior lecturer in museums and heritage drawing on 19 years experience in the museums and heritage sector. This includes 12 years at senior management level, three years of which dealt with managing award-winning Scunthorpe Museums, a multi-venue service incorporating historic Scunthorpe Museum (founded in 1909), Normanby Hall (an historic house in parkland), regional collections, Normanby Park Farming Museum and allied outreach services. My last post was as Deputy Director for the Area Museums Council for the South West (AMCSW) where I specialised in museum development and exhibitions. I am the recipient of the AMSSEE bursary to study the museums of the Channel Islands and a Royal Geographical Society grant to study museums in Zanzibar. My major project management includes ‘The Barbarians’ touring exhibition funded by the Museums and Galleries Commission, Girls Rock ON! Young Women’s Band Project for the Chard Foundation for Women in Music, and collaboration on a the joint AMCs UK-wide touring exhibition programme. My current research focuses upon English folk song source singers and collectors in the West of England and initial KT output includes ‘The Somerset Folk Map’ for Somerset County Council.
BMS 2011. Tallinn, Estonia, 10.-16.07
Born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1945. Studies in history, pedagogy and art history at Zurich University. Historical research in Germany and Belgium. Thesis on German Annexionspolitik in the West during World War II. Ph.D. in 1972. From 1973 to 1979 scientific collaborator of the Swiss National Museum in Zurich; chief of the scientific library and author of exhibitions on Swiss history; editor of the Guidebook of Swiss Museums. From 1979 to 1985 creation of a new interdisciplinary museum on food (Alimentarium) in Vevey; opening in 1985; director of this museum until 2010. From 1985 to 1991 president of the Swiss Museums Association. From 1993 to 1999 president of the Swiss National Committee of ICOM. From 1993 to 1998 president of ICOM’s International Committee for Museology (ICOFOM). From 1998 to 2004 member of the Executive Council of ICOM. From 2004 to 2010 Vice-president of ICOM. Initiator of the Postgraduate Studies Programme in Museology at Basle University (1992). Lecturer of museology. Author of many articles on museology and food history. A book on the theory of the exhibition that has been published in German is now under press in an English version: THE EXHIBITION – THEORY AND A CASE IN POINT
Senior Lecturer in Museology: University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies / Museology. Education: Art History (dissertation about Finnish art museums 1999), Theatre History (Licentiate degree in history of Finnish theatre 1980), Ethnology, Archaeology, Finnish Language & Literature. Working in the museum field since 1966, permanent positions since 1971: as collections curator in two major museums (12 years), director of Helsinki City Museum (1978-1990), General Director of Finnish National Gallery (1990-2000), founding a new organization called Finnish Book institute (2000-2003, museum opening this year) and working as University Lecturer since 2003. Networking: been and being member of many museum boards and teams, home and abroad, e.g. Finnish Museums Association, ICOM / International Committee for Architecture and Museum Techniques, NEMO-Network of European Museum Organizatíons, Scandinavian Museums Association (Finnish President). Publishing: created and edited several museum series, scientific and popular, written some ten of books and about 120 articles, essays and columns in journals, magazines and newspapers on art history, fine arts, architecture, theatre, urbanism and museology. One of the writers of the history of museums in Finland published in 2010.
BMS 2012. Klaipeda, Lithuania, 5.-11.08
Museum Collections – the Source for Museum Communication
Professor of Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 and à lÉcole du Louvre. François Mairesse Teaches museology and cultural economics at the Université Paris 3 Sorbonne nouvelle. He also teaches museology at the Ecole du Louvre. He was formerly Director of the Musée royal de Mariemont (Morlanwelz), in Belgium. After a Master in Management and a Master in Art History at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, he received his PhD in 1998 at the same university. He first worked at the Fonds National de la Recherche scientifique, and then moved to the Cabinet of the Minister President of the French speaking government of Belgium. In 2002, he became Director of the Musee royal de Mareiemont. He is the author of several articles and books on museology, among them: Dictionnaire encyclopédique de muséologie, Paris, Armand Colin, 2011 (edited with André Desvallées) ; Le musée hybride, Paris, la Documentation française, 2010 ; L’inaliénabilité des collections de musées en question (Ed.), Morlanwelz, Musée royal de Mariemont, 2009 ; Pourquoi (ne pas) aller au musée, Lyon, Aléas, 2008 (written with Bernard Deloche) ; Mariemont, capitale du don : des Warocqué aux Amis de Mariemont, Morlanwelz, Musée royal de Mariemont, 2007 ; Vers une redéfinition du musée ?, Paris, l’Harmattan, 2007 (directed with André Desvallées) ; Le droit d’entrer au musée, Bruxelles, Labor, 2005, etc.
Director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation / Alvar Aalto Museum. Susanna Pettersson (FI) has more than twenty years of experience within the museum sector. She’s the Director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation / Alvar Aalto Museum since 2010. Before that she worked at the Finnish National Gallery as one of its directors and was responsible of national research and development projects (1992–2010). She has wide international experience from several expert groups and networks. Pettersson’s current research interests cover modern house museums, display strategies and historiographical notions on Alvar Aalto. Her latest publications include The Finnish Museum History (ed., 2010), and Collections Mobility, a Way Forward for Museums in Europe (ed., 2010). As an Adjunct Professor in museology she gives lectures at the Reinwardt Academy, Amsterdam and the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
BMS 2013. Bauska, Latvia, 14.-20.07
Heritage and Community. The Role of Museums
Peter van Mensch is a professor of Museology at Vilnius University, and previously a professor of Cultural Heritage at the Reinvardt Academie (Amsterdam). He served several international museum organisations as a board member. At present he is a member of the ICOM Ethics Committee. He is a regular guest lecturer at universities worldwide and frequently invited as speaker at international conferences. As a researcher Peter van Mensch is interested in developing and integral and integrated approach to heritage. Research, teaching and consultancy come together in the recently founded firm MMC Mensch Museological Consulting (Amsterdam-Berlin.
Léontine Meijer-van Mensch is a lecturer of Heritage theory and Professional ethics at the Reinwardt Academy (Amsterdam). She is active in the board of several international museum organizations, for example Chairperson of COMCOL, the ICOM International Committee for Collecting, and a board member of the International School of Museology in Celje (Slovenia). She is a regular guest lecturer at universities worldwide and frequently invited as a speaker at international conferences. As researcher Léontine Meijer-van Mensch is currently working on a study of Museology as a science in Central Europe and in particular the German Democratic Republic. She is a co-director of MMC Mensch Museological Consulting (Amsterdam-Berlin).
BMS 2014. Haapsalu, Estonia, 8.-14.06
How Museums Communicate wit their Publics – Visible and Invisible
Diana Walters works as an international museum and heritage consultant specializing in access, participation, intercultural dialogue, education, management and professional development. She is a former Director of the International Museum Studies Masters Programme at Gothenburg University.
Michèle Taylor has been working with individuals and organisations for more than 20 years, supporting learning, growth and development. Much of her work has been in the area of diversity and specifically disability; her own personal experience of disability informs my approach to this agenda.
BMS 2015. Siauliai, Lithuania, 5.-11.07
MUSEUM ETHICS WITHIN THE CREATIVE ECONOMY OF THE 21st CENTURY
Dr. François Mairesse
François Mairesse teaches Museology and Cultural economics at the Université Paris 3 Sorbonne nouvelle. He also teaches Museology at the Ecole du Louvre. He is a President of the International Committee for Museology (ICOFOM). He was formerly Director of the Musée Royal de Mariemont (Morlanwelz), in Belgium. After a Master in Management and a Master in Art History at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, he received his PhD in 1998 at the same university. He first worked at the Fonds National de la Recherche scientifique, and then moved to the Cabinet of the Minister President of the French speaking government of Belgium. In 2002, he became Director of the Musee Royal de Mariemont. François Mairesse is the author of several articles and books on Museology, among them: La médiation culturelle, Paris, Armand Colin, 2013 (with Serge Chaumier), Dictionnaire encyclopédique de muséologie, Paris, Armand Colin, 2011 (edited with André Desvallées) ; Le musée hybride, Paris, la Documentation française, 2010 ; L’inaliénabilité des collections de musées en question (Ed.), etc.
Dr. Martin R.Schärer
Martin R.Schärer Born in Zurich, Switzerland. Studies in history, pedagogy and art history at Zurich University. Historical research in Germany and Belgium. Thesis on German Annexionspolitik in the West during World War II. Ph.D. in 1972. From 1973 to 1979 scientific collaborator of the Swiss National Museum in Zurich; chief of the scientific library and author of exhibitions on Swiss history; editor of the Guidebook of Swiss Museums. Initiator of the Postgraduate Studies Programme in Museology at Basle University (1992). Lecturer of museology. Author of many articles on museology and food history. From 1979 to 1985 creation of a new interdisciplinary museum on food (Alimentarium) in Vevey; opening in 1985; director of this museum until 2010. From 1985 to 1991 president of the Swiss Museums Association. From 1993 to 1998 president of ICOM’s International Committee for Museology (ICOFOM). From 1993 to 1999 president of the Swiss National Committee of ICOM. From 1998 to 2004 member of the Executive Council of ICOM. From 2004 to 2010 Vice-president of ICOM. Since 2010 precident of the ICOM Ethics Committee.
BMS 2016. Cēsis, Latvia, 5.-11.06
Innovation and Strategies in Contemporary Museum Work
Elisabeth Tietmeyer is a Director of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Having studied Social Anthropology, European Ethnology and Sociology she had been a Head of the European Department and of the Collection Department at the Ethnologisches Museum (Berlin). From 2000 to 2012, she acted as a Deputy Director and Senior Curator of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen. Her research focuses on topics like diversity, culture contacts, self/other, gender, arts and craft. She is amongst others a member of the Expert Committee of the German UNESCO Commission on Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Léontine Meijer-van Mensch
Léontine Meijer-van Mensch is a Deputy Director of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. After her studies in theoretical, modern and Jewish history, and cultural heritage protection, she worked for the Jewish Museums in Berlin and Amsterdam. She had been a lecturer of Museology and Cultural Management at the European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder) and a lecturer of Heritage Theory and Professional Ethics at the Reinwardt Academy (Amsterdam). She is amongst others a Chair of the ICOM International Committee for Collecting (COMCOL), and a regular guest-lecturer at the University of Würzburg.
Dr. Peter van Mensch
Peter van Mensch is a freelance museologist. After his studies in biology and archaeology he worked for a variety of museums, among others as a Head of the Department of Exhibitions and Education of the Netherlands National Museum of Natural History (Leiden). He was a professor of Heritage Studies and Museology at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, the University of Vilnius and the University of Bergamo. Together with Léontine Meijer-van Mensch he founded the Central European Centre for Museological Reflection and Study in Northern Bohemia. He is amongst others a member of ICOM’s Ethics Committee.