7 / FINANCING HERITAGE INSTITUTIONS IN TIMES OF SCARCITY

27 – 27 September 2015        Send to printer


Conference organizers

Tomislav Šola, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Toine Berbers, Dutch Museums Association, Germany
Luka Cipek, Europa Nostra, Croatia


Conference description:

In partnership with The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Croatia

In cooperation with ICOM Croatia and Croatian Museum Association.

Dutch museums have a good reputation for having dealt with strategic and financial matters very successfully - various examples of activities in self-financing and self-generated revenue are known to the international professional community outside of the Netherlands, through literature and participation of Dutch projects at our own, and conferences alike. The experience of Delta-Plan and de-etatisation of museums is relatively familiar to well informed colleagues worldwide.

Culture and museums are in difficulties in all transitional countries. New requirements for effectiveness and severe cuts in state subsidies are a difficult context. The aim of this seminar is to offer insight into examples of successful management of museums in The Netherlands. Our intention is to offer this experience to all regional or even wider professional circles. We hope to offer useful knowledge and create inspiring atmosphere that should result in upgrading the heritage institutions' practices in the times of shrinking budgets and growing demand. The changes will imply the increase in quality of the products and new methods and partnerships concerning financial management.

Recent fervent discussions in Croatia on legislation of museum service that suggests changes in the public nature of institutions raised many concerns. Many find these tendencies and novelties puzzling and disorientating. The Best in Heritage is for 14th time the global showcase of professional excellence in public qualities of museums and other heritage institutions. The conference, global in character, will offer a good introduction and context for such a hot issue that will remain such for quite a while, - posing challenges and inspiring solutions.

Featuring a presentation and offering insight through discussions into successful management examples of museums from the Netherlands, enabling Croatian and international colleagues to draw conclusions and useful information and forming their own approach in museum management, especially related to financial issues. Dutch museums have a good reputation for having dealt with strategic and financial matters very successfully. This know-how would be well appreciated. Croatian culture and museums are, like all transitional countries, in difficulties because of two reasons: new requirements for effectiveness and severe cuts in state subsidies. Recent fervent discussions on the so called Museum Law got into the media due to the radical proposal of, de facto, mercantilizing museums; The Ministry that proposed the law pushes museums towards self generated revenue. Intended result of the conference are exchange of experience and know-how, dialogue, discussions, case studies, advancement of profession, sharing insights into best practices and networking.

More information can be found:

http://www.thebestinheritage.com/conference/programme/post-conference


Conference lecturers

Tomislav Šola, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Toine Berbers, Dutch Museums Association, Germany
Luka Cipek, Europa Nostra, Croatia
At Geerdinu, Netherlands
Antonius Paulus Theopile Berbers, Netherlands
Irene Gerrits, National Archives of the Netherlands, Netherlands


Work Schedule

09:30 - 9:35 Greeting by Ms Ellen Berends, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Croatia

09:35 - 9:40 Professor Tomislav Šola, Director, The Best in Heritage, Greeting and Introduction

09:40 - 10:00 Dr Darko Babić, ICOM Croatia / University of Zagreb, and Dr Milvana Arko Pijevac, Croatian Museum Association; Current state of affairs in Croatian Museums

10:00 - 10:30 Dr Ad Geerdink, Director, Westfries Mueum (with brief Q&A session)

10:30 - 11:00 Ms Irene Gerrits, Director of Collections & Public, The National Archief of Netherlands (with brief Q&A session)

11:00 - 11:30 Mr Toine Berbers, Director, Dutch Museum Association (with brief Q&A session)

11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break

12:00 - 13:00 Panel discussion; Moderator Mr John Sell CBE, Executive Vice-president, Europa Nostra

13:00 - 13:30 Plenary Session: Strategic guidelines for financial policies in times of scarcity; Moderator Professor Tonislav Šola


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