Encouraging Collections Mobility – A Way Forward for Museums in Europe offers some starting points for working together and sharing collections. It provides information about the history of collecting and suggests different ways to approach the collections and collecting related activities. It proposes that museums should rather be encouraged to build collection strategies of the 21st century than repeating the old pattern that is based on the idea of eternal growth.
The book also looks into the value building process of museum objects and discusses some principles that determine the economic value of art and antiquities. It analyses the use of collections and suggests using them actively for the enjoyment of all who wish to have access to our cultural heritage. It explores the ways in which conservation and the care of objects affect the mobility of museum objects, and discusses, how the collections and their displays answer the needs of the contemporary visitor.
Whereas most of the articles provide a philosophical context for the collections and their use, the book also addresses the practical issues concerning collections mobility. The core questions were indicated at the European Union level during a long process and a great deal of work has already been carried out in order to make things easier for museums. Specific collections mobility issues, as discussed in the European Union Open Method and Coordination Expert Group on Mobility of Collections 2008?2010, have also been addressed in this book. These issues include immunity from seizure, insurances, non-insurances and state indemnities, long-term loans, loan fees, and digitisation. It is also pointed out that standards, trust, and good networking form the basis for all co-operation. The material is completed by a practical guide to the Collections Mobility process: it pulls together current good practice in developing loans procedures and sets it out in a clear format.
Encouraging Collections Mobility is the ideal text for students, researchers, and museum professionals who are determined to explore and research collections in order to open our rich collection resources and learn more about European heritage.
Edited by Susanna Pettersson, Monika Hagedorn-Saupe, Teijamari Jyrkkiö, Astrid Weij. Editorial Board Susanna Pettersson, Ute Collinet, Monika Hagedorn-Saupe, Anastasia Lazaridou, Léontine Meijer-van Mensch, Susan Pearce, Elizabeta Petrusa-Strukelj, Astrid Weij.
Frank Bergevoet, John Carman, Anna Catalani, Suzanna Choulia-Kapeloni, Henrietta Galambos, Susanna Hillhouse, Jere Jäppinen, Kaija Kaitavuori, Minna Karvonen, Mechtild Kronenberg, François Mairesse, Freda Matassa, Léontine Meijer-van Mensch, Peter van Mensch, Norman Palmer, Susan Pearce, Susanna Pettersson, Elizabeth Pye, Tomislav Sladojevic´ Šola, Astrid Weij, and Nout van Woudenberg
Finnish National Gallery, Erfgoed Nederland & Institut für Museumsforschung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preussischer Kulturbesitz. The book forms part of the project Collections Mobility 2.0, Lending for Europe 21st Century. The partners of the project are Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage, The Netherlands Institute for Heritage, General Directorate of Fine Arts and Cultural Goods of Spanish Ministry of Culture, Hellenic Ministry of Culture & Tourism – Directorate of Museums, Exhibitions & Educational Programmes – Department of Exhibitions & Museum Research, Finnish National Gallery, The Romanian Ministry of Culture and National Patrimony, Agency for the Arts and Heritage of the Flemish Community, Department for Culture Media and Sport of the UK, State Museums Berlin, Institute for Museum Research, and Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest.
From October 1st all the articles are also available at www.lending-for-europe.eu
Teksti • Teijamari Jyrkkiö, erikoissuunnittelija, Kehittäminen ja yhteiskuntasuhteet KEHYS