The CoMusuem

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Home Edition #2

Lockdown is partially raised in Greece, archeological sites will open on International Museum Day, May 18, but museums will not open until the 15 of June, according to the announcements of Culture Minister Lina Mendoni on Thursday 7 May. The Minister also presented additional cultural sector measures to support artists and employees.

In the meantime, common goals and common needs of museums are more and more apparent around the world. The UK Museums Association issued on May 4 a statement on Reopening the Museum Sector, which also reflects the needs of the Greek museums too. Similarly, the American Association of Museums issued advice “On reopening: How to Get Ready to Open the Doors.

We understand that many of you are looking for guidance and practical advice on the way forward. There are many contradictory feelings – eagerness to go back to our museums and collections, worry if audiences will visit, concern for ours and our visitors’ health and safety, uncertainty of what the future holds for cultural organisations. As Scott Stulen, one of our past speakers puts it, “The Museums that we closed will not be the museums that we reopen.

We hope we will be helpful to you in this area, sharing useful perspectives, articles and presentations not only from museum professionals but also from experts in diverse fields, including health and technology. We are working to bring you more information and ideas from experts in the field in the coming weeks, as many of you requested in our survey.

Thank you for your feedback and ideas!

The CoMuseum team


  • On April 29th, Sophia Handaka presented the CoMuseum as a case study in the digital edition of the 3rd Summer Academy on Cultural and Creative Industries and Local Development, an initiative of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. Discussions evolved around the importance of creating alliances with alternative mediums to “build back better”, with Culture at the centre of our recovery strategies. Visit the links for some interesting commentary on how the digital reality, that has been accelerated by the COVID19 lockdown, can be seen as a continuum to the physical, and may be complementary to the work museums do.
  • To celebrate International Museum Day, we are inviting the members of the Museum Professionals Network to join the discussion on the future of the CoMuseum and to become our critical friends who will share their feedback, knowledge, ideas and concerns and help us co-shape the day after. We will share insights and outcomes in the next CoMuseum newsletter. Stay tuned!
  • We are happy to share with you our video from the 2019 “My Museum” conference, as well as our new social media platforms, which we hope will help us be even more connected with all of you.

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In our 2015 conference, Esmé Ward in her talk “For the perpetual gratification of the people of Manchester: Transforming the Whitworth” shared some wonderful ideas on community engagement, even when her museum was closed.


This month’s featured articles inevitably reflect the rising realisation on the serious impact the pandemic is having and will have on arts, culture and museums in particular.

When this is all over we must reimagine the infrastructure of the arts by Robert Hewison

Meeting Visitor Needs: What Will Make People Feel Safe by Age & Income (DATA) by Colleen Dilen


A treat from 2019 – still the best Twitter war in the field!!
Natural History Museum VS Science Museum London


#1 ICCROM Cultural Heritage in times of Covid – Tips and Resources
#2 23 Podcasts on GLAMs
#3 Creatives Unite – An online platform created by and for the cultural sector
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