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ICH and Museums Project has recently launcher a great toolkit to help museums work with living heritage and communities related to it.

Over the past three years ICH and Museums Project (IMP) has explored the interaction of museum work and intangible heritage practices in a comparative European context, with partner organizations from Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Italy and Switzerland. The Project also collaborated with the ICH NGO Forum, International Council of Museums and NEMO – Network of European Museum Organisations.

IMP was among others supported by the European Commission’s Creative Europe Programme, the Flemish Government, and the Swiss Federal Office of Culture. The project’s five previous meetings, before its recent Concluding Symposium, featured in depth theoretical contributions, workshops, artistic co-creations, numerous discussions and many inspirational testimonies from the fields of museums and intangible cultural heritage.

Learn more:

  • The ICH and Museums toolkit provides museum professionals with inspirational and pragmatic methodological tools for engaging with safeguarding living heritage. Over the course of the project, in co-creation with the participants to its events, practical guidelines, recommendations and brainstorm exercises were developed as part of the toolkit. Have a look for example the inspiration cards for museums on working with ICH.
  • The IMP book was designed as an invitation to enrich heritage practices and provide support to everyone wishing to contribute to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage, is one of the many outcomes of the project. The IMP Book is expected to serve as a companion to discover transformative heritage practices for the 21st century, seeking alternative ways towards a third space in the heritage sector. Executive summaries of the book are available in English, Dutch, Italian, German and French.
  • Stating the achievements obtained by IMP in the period 2017-2020 – while also taking into consideration, among others, the standards and principles included in the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums – the “Declaration on the dynamic engagement between a multiplicity of actors from the field of museums and intangible cultural heritage” expresses insights and hopes in relation to the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage of communities, groups and individuals, through and together with museums.
  • See also the IMP Youtube Channel with lots of inspirational videos and presentations on the topic.

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