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The ReStart Edition

After almost three months of lockdown, museums in Greece –as in many parts of the world– are opening up again to visitors on June 15. At the same time, the country is opening up to international tourism, expecting that many visitors will choose Greece as a safe destination.

As the museum community will welcome its local and international guests on premises again, we are all eager to share know-how and best practices on how to create safe environments for our staff and our visitors. Still, for the next months, and even for longer, we may also need to develop and implement hybrid programs, combining the physical with the digital.

In an effort to assess the lockdown experience of cultural professionals, and their concerns and needs for the future, we organised a web discussion with the Museum Professionals Network, our “Critical Friends.” Network members shared their concerns on the digital transformation of museum programming, its implications and sustainability, the covid-19 impact on projects and exhibition design within their physical spaces, and pointed out the need for digital literacy in museums and further professional networking. It is in our plans to continue the dialogue with a series of regular calls with the Museum Professionals Network, empowering the community and co-shaping the museum ecosystem.

The CoMuseum will explore all these issues and share best practices via its digital programming that will start this month and continue until we are ready to safely launch the 2020 conference. Below you will find details of the first event.

In the meantime, we wish you all best of luck in this re-opening phase, and in the new environment we will operate. We are here to get your questions and concerns, and find the best ways and experts to address them.

The CoMuseum team


Online CoMuseum Event
30 June 2020, 12:00pm

Museum as an innovator – a platform, space and catalyst for social and cultural development
Featuring Dr Tom Fleming, moderated by Dr Sophia Handaka  

Seeing “Museums as public spaces for society”, this webinar will introduce a range of themes and examples to provoke dialogue on how we re-imagine the role of museums as open innovation platforms which engage the challenges and opportunities of our time and which play a civic or place-making role to bring us together as we recover from this latest crisis. The event will be held in English and reservations will be confirmed following online registration. For more information, clicke information, click here


photo © EL BOUM
  • The discussion about the repercussions of colonisation in museums is more timely than ever. The Goethe-Institut organises the Latitude Digital Festival taking place online on June 4 – 6, 2020. Over three days, the Latitude digital festival is presenting artistic contributions and debates. The focus is on the effects that colonial structures have on the present day and how to overcome them. Among the highlights and of special interest to our community is the panel “How Museums Move into the Future”.

photo © Sergei Akulich

  • On the occasion of the International Museums Day 2020, ICOM UK collaborated with the British Council, inviting international museum experts from around the world to participate in its celebration with a short reflection that could serve as inspiration for museums to implement change when they re-open. Read here the contribution by Dr Sophia Handaka.

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.


For this edition, we have compiled articles that highlight the efforts made by our colleagues in the U.S. and around the world  to foster discussion on one of the most challenging topics: racism, and its corrosive impact. 

National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal

Standing in Solidarity, Commiting to the Work Ahead – Met Museum

Nelson-Atkins Museum Director Says Police Presence On Its Grounds ‘Exactly The Opposite Of What We Stand For’

Museum Sector calls for stand against racial injustice amid Black Lives Matter protests


#1 The ICOM UK hosted a programme of digital in-conversations to celebrate International Museum Day 2020. Sector professionals explored disability, access and digital technology, framed within the current context of COVID-19 – Video

#2 Google Digital Garage

#3 London Museum Development – Social Media for Cultural Organisations

#4 2020 Rome Charter – a transnational initiative putting cultural democracy at the center of recovery strategies and new development models. 

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