International Conference and Training on Risk Management in Museums

  • 25 Jun 2012
  • 26 Jun 2012
  • Ankara, Turkey
International Conference and training on Risk Management in Museums

The Museum of Anatolian Civilisations (MAC) announces that an International Conference on Risk Management in Museums will be held on 25 and 26 June 2012 in Ankara, Turkey.

In recent years, natural and human-made disasters all over the world have had a devastating impact. Earthquakes, floods, fires, armed conflicts and civil unrests increasingly cause the loss of human lives and the destruction of infrastructure.

Heritage protection in such emergency situations constitutes a great challenge. In Turkey, museum professionals are frequently confronted with floods and earthquakes, putting the country’s cultural heritage at risk. As another rising threat, illicit traffic in art and archaeological objects constantly endangers museums’ collections and activities, while depriving communities of their heritage and history.

Risk reduction and mitigation requires the development and sharing of knowledge, techniques and good practices between professionals from museums and other concerned fields. With this in mind, the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations is organising an international conference under the theme: Risk Management in Museums, an event carried out in cooperation with the Friends of Cultural Heritage (FOCUH) and the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

In order to promote cross-sector exchanges in this regard, heritage and other professionals from Turkey and the European Union will come together to discuss the following topics:
-       Museum security
-       Risk management in museums
-       Seismic protection of museums and their collections
-       Protection of movable heritage in the case of natural and human-made disaster
-       Fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods

The International Conference will be followed by a three-day Training programme on risk management in museums organised by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), MAC, and FOCUH. The training aims to instruct eighteen selected museum professionals from Ankara, Istanbul and several European countries in the field of risk preparedness and prevention against disasters and illicit traffic.

Conference Hall: Milli Kütüphane: http://www.mkutup.gov.tr/ Hotel accommodation:http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-ankara
ICOM Contact: secretariat@icom.museum

For more information about the conference, and for registration, please contact:
riskmanagement.mac@gmail.com

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