Museums Sector Convenes to Discuss International Working
On 11 March 2019, delegates from across the museums and heritage sector gathered at the British Library in London for the seventh Working Internationally Conference to discuss cross-border collaborations and partnerships.
Working Together To Achieve More was hosted by ICOM UK and National Museum Directors’ Council in partnership with the British Library and the support of the British Council. The day featured sessions exploring the power of networks to address global problems, facilitate collective problem solving, increase knowledge sharing and transparency and promote social cohesion.
Delegates heard from keynote speakers Lourdes Heredia, Next Day Planning Editor at BBC World Service and Gerd Elise Morland, Director of Learning at Munch Museum, Oslo. Panel session focuses ranged from the power of culture and heritage networks to museums and migration and international touring exhibitions. A series of case studies provided ‘how to’ advice on different types of international projects and activities.
Policy Advisor Anni Mantyniemi represented Icon at the event. Key takeaways from the presentations included the vital role of effective communication in engaging with international partners. Clarifying objectives, motives and roles for partnerships from the outset was highlighted as imperative to the success of international working. Speakers consistently raised knowledge exchange and profile raising amongst the drivers for collaboration.
You can read more about Icon's recent international engagement in our report The Golden Age: Opportunities for UK-China Collaboration in Cultural Heritage Conservation and our Memorandum of Understanding with Shaanxi Provincial Museum Association.
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