‘Museums and society: Opportunities and Challenges in EU’. Report about the EMEE conference at the National Museum of Contemporary History, Ljubljana/Slovenia, on 13th May 2016

Project EMEE – EuroVision: Museums exhibiting Europe responds to the challenges of contemporary society, and transforms museums into spaces of intergenerational cooperation and universal respect.

With the toolkit manuals, partners try to bridge the gap between theory and practice and to present innovative and creative concepts that form the basis of the modernization and internationalization of museum activities. In them, examples of good practices are presenting and they try to establish cooperation in the field of re-interpretations of museum objects, the creation of multicultural social spaces linking museums with visitors and use of the scenery. Today, however, one should not overlook the importance and role of social networks and other technologies in the presentation and identification of public museums.

Partner in EMEE project, National Museum of Contemporary History from Slovenia, decided to make a public debate on the topic ‘Museums and society: opportunities and challenges in EU’ with introduction of the EMEE Toolkit series as an important output that has a potential of playing a decisively role in museums.

A social change is both, important and clearly altering forms of social behaviour and relationships between individuals, groups and companies. This means the transformation of values, legal and social norms, society symbols and other cultural products.

In welcome speech, the director of the National Museum of Contemporary History, Kaja Širok, PhD, expressed satisfaction of being a part of EMEE project and having the opportunity of co-creating new trends in museology. Further, she presented some of the examples of good practices around the world, where museums actively include different social groups in their work and the possibilities of exhibition presentations in order for the visitors to become the users and participants.

On the event, there were also representatives of two important associations that cover trends, challenges and museum work, ICOM Slovenia (Tanja Roženbergar, PhD) and Slovenian Museum Association (Aleksandra Berberih-Slana, PhD). They both expressed their support to the EMEE project and emphasised the importance of EU projects and their role in making a difference in museum practices.

The event offered a brief introduction of all the EMEE outputs and results that can be used as a support to the everyday work in regional or national museums. Among all the results, Susanne Schilling, M.A., presented the EMEE set of six Toolkits firmly and in details in order for the participants to make the most of them.