The International Council of Museums (ICOM) is a scientific,
non governmental organization representing museums and museum
professionals. It was founded in Paris, in 1946, and actually
counts more than 12.000 members from almost all countries of the world.
Amongst the main goals of ICOM is the promotion and development of Museology
and Museography, the protection of movable
cultural property, the production of guidelines
related to collections management, and in
particular the creation of documentation standards,
the strengthening of the educational role of museums,
the connection of museums to the needs of contemporary societies.
welcoming the new year
The Hellenic National Committee of ICOM was founded in 1983
and actually counts approximately 400 members.
It is located in an old neoclassical building in
the historical centre of Athens.
The aims and activities of the Hellenic Committee
are in line with the principles set by the ICOM statutes,
but they are also oriented and adapted to the needs
and particularities of the Greek society.
It operates in close collaboration with
the Hellenic Ministries of Culture and Education
and other relevant institutions.
A Documentation - Information Centre operates
in the premises of the Hellenic Committee which is
available to anyone interested in matters of Museology
The Hellenic Committee organises
seminars and other
international meetings discussing different Museological
issues, which aim at the exchange of scientific knowledge
and experience not only amongst its members but also
amongst other people interested in the subject.
It also undertakes the translation
and publication of books and articles
dealing with the different aspects of the
museums function, like conservation,
documentation, communication, etc.
catalogues of exhibitions
In collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, the
Hellenic National Committee organises archaeological
exhibitions in Greece and abroad and produces multilingual
exhibition catalogues, which serve as a reference point for the
international scientific community.
Several specialised working groups are set up within the
framework of the Hellenic National Committee, like for example
the working group for Education and Cultural Action (CECA) or
the one for the Documentation in Ethnographic Museums (Ethno-CIDOC).
These working groups organise seminars and conferences, prepare
guidelines and produce publications.
celebrating the International Museum Day
An important event in the Hellenic Committee's calendar
is the celebration of the «International Museum Day» on the
18th of May, that is a day dedicated to a selected theme and a
particular «honoured» museum. This celebration gives the opportunity to
all ICOM members to meet and exchange knowledge and experience,
while at the same time several articles treating the celebrated
topic appear in the newspapers and magazines.
the «Museum and School» seminar
The Hellenic National Committee is
strongly interested in matters related to Museum Communication and
Education. Amongst the different activities undertaken in this
field, one could mention the organisation of a
yearly seminar entitled «Museum and School».
The seminar is addressed to teachers of Primary and Secondary
education from different regions of the country.
In this same context, the Hellenic Committee
participated in a European pilot project entitled
«Schools adopt Monuments», aiming at the sensitization of pupils - and
consequently the community - towards the need for protection and
promotion of their cultural heritage.
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«ScHoOlS AdOpT MoNuMeNtS»
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