Museum Definition: A way forward

With ICOM Define: Standing Committee for the Museum Definition.

Aiming to arrive at the next ICOM General Conference in 2022 with a museum definition proposal to be submitted for a vote there is a methodology developed  based on 4 rounds of consultation, divided into 11 steps with a duration of 18 months. The proposed schedule began on December 10, 2020 and ends in early May 2022, but may be adjusted depending on the circumstances. Dates are provided in the following methodology so that committees can arrange, well in advance, the activities they must coordinate for consultation of their constituents. Results will be published periodically and made available for the membership in the “Museum Definition” space, where it is possible for members to consult all the documents related to the Museum Definition reformulation project, including all documents produced by the MDPP, as well as the reports of surveys and activities conducted by several committees since Kyoto 2019. ICOM Define encourages members and committees to review all of these documents, as well as the previous museum definition proposals, and the ICOM Code of Ethics and Statutes when considering their responses.

Watch here the replay of the ICOM Define webinar

We are currently in the Consultation 2 phase, which will be conducted till the end of April 11 2021. During this period, all Committees, Regional Alliances and Affiliated Organisations are requested to consult with their membership on what a new museum definition needs to contain. Based on these discussions, each committee will submit up to 20 key words/concepts that are considered essential within a new museum definition.

For this we invite you, as members, to fill out our survey which we can use to inform ICOM Define about which key concepts are crucial for you to be included in a new definition on museums.

Please find here the link to our survey