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INTERCOM 2012 - #museumchallenges

25-29 November 2012, Sydney, Australia

Museums have always operated in times of change, yet the challenges and pace of change over the last five years has been unprecedented. Globalisation, environmental issues and climate change, relationships with Indigenous and creator communities, diversity of audiences, different employee mindsets, new skill sets, new media and technologies and the global financial crisis, have placed increasing pressure on the ways museums are managed and led.

Over three days museum professionals from all over the world came together to discuss today’s challenges at the 2012 conference of the ICOM International Committee on Management, INTERCOM, which took place at the Australian Museum in Sydney.

Museums have always operated in times of change, yet the challenges and pace of change over the last five years have been unprecedented. Globalisation, environmental issues and climate change, relationships with indigenous and creator communities, diversity of audiences, different employee mindsets, new skill sets, new media and technology as well as the global financial crisis, have all placed increasing pressure on the ways museums are managed.

Through a combination of thought-provoking keynote speeches, special workshops, excursions and plenty of networking opportunities, colleagues openly discussed current challenges that influence museums’ work in the present and future. The delegates discussed digital developments and the many opportunities they offer museums today, but also considered the social role of museums and how they can come together to confront challenging and sometimes controversial issues. David Fleming, Director of National Museums Liverpool, a keynote speaker at the conference, commented: "The INTERCOM meeting in Sydney was notable for the very clear commitment of its delegates to museums playing an active role in addressing the discrimination and disadvantage that are often suffered by indigenous and first peoples as a result of imperial and colonial activity."

Thanks to a grant from The Getty Foundation, INTERCOM provided bursaries to eight museum professionals from low GDP countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America, allowing them to attend the conference and present a paper on current issues in their country.

Article in ICOM e-newsletter December 2012 - Januarry 2013

Download the conference flyer for more details

Papers will be available here soon.

INTERCOM 2012 was supported by the Australian Museum and Sydney University Museum Studies.


Getty Bursary Programme

Thanks to a generous grant from The Getty Foundation, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) eight museum professionals from low GDP countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe attended the conference and presented a paper on museum challenges in their country.

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Photos from the conference

Frank Howarth - Director Australia Museum

INTERCOM 2012  Audience

Panel discussion

Group talking

 Social event