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Museums, Migration and Cultural Diversity - Recommendations for Museum Work

By the Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO), Berlin, 2016, 25 pages

This publication aims to make museums aware of their potential in the context of a diverse society that is undergoing a process of change, and to support them in finding a constructive approach to working with a range of different communities, migrants, refugees and minorities. The publication was originally produced by the Migration working group of the German Museums Association in 2014 for the German museum community. The Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) decided to adapt and publish this practical guide in English to inspire museums all over Europe to find a multi-perspective and multicultural approach to their work and their collections in order to contribute to a healthy and diverse society.

These guidelines contain recommendations on what strategies might look like in the specific context of the core museum tasks of collecting (including conservation and research), exhibiting and outreach. They describe smaller measures that can be implemented at a reasonable cost, as well as extensive changes that affect the whole museum and require longer-term processes. The guidelines also touch on other aspects that are important for museum funding bodies and patrons, and for policymakers and culture enthusiasts. The present guidelines are not an academic treatment of the subject, rather, they are intended as a practical support for everyone who works for and with museums. The glossary in the appendix explains important keywords and how they are used in these guidelines. The bibliography is designed to encourage readers to delve deeper into the subject matter.

The publication is available online at www.ne-mo.org/fileadmin/