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7 | FINANCING HERITAGE INSTITUTIONS IN TIMES OF SCARCITY

Duration
27 Sep 2015 - 27 Sep 2015
Language
English
Conference directors:
Tomislav Šola, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Toine Berbers, Dutch Museums Association, Germany
Luka Cipek, Europa Nostra, Netherlands
Conference description:

In partnership with The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Croatia

In cooperation with ICOM Croatia and Croatian Museum Association.

Dutch museums have a good reputation for having dealt with strategic and financial matters very successfully - various examples of activities in self-financing and self-generated revenue are known to the international professional community outside of the Netherlands, through literature and participation of Dutch projects at our own, and conferences alike. The experience of Delta-Plan and de-etatisation of museums is relatively familiar to well informed colleagues worldwide.

Culture and museums are in difficulties in all transitional countries. New requirements for effectiveness and severe cuts in state subsidies are a difficult context. The aim of this seminar is to offer insight into examples of successful management of museums in The Netherlands. Our intention is to offer this experience to all regional or even wider professional circles. We hope to offer useful knowledge and create inspiring atmosphere that should result in upgrading the heritage institutions' practices in the times of shrinking budgets and growing demand. The changes will imply the increase in quality of the products and new methods and partnerships concerning financial management.

Recent fervent discussions in Croatia on legislation of museum service that suggests changes in the public nature of institutions raised many concerns. Many find these tendencies and novelties puzzling and disorientating. The Best in Heritage is for 14th time the global showcase of professional excellence in public qualities of museums and other heritage institutions. The conference, global in character, will offer a good introduction and context for such a hot issue that will remain such for quite a while, - posing challenges and inspiring solutions.

Featuring a presentation and offering insight through discussions into successful management examples of museums from the Netherlands, enabling Croatian and international colleagues to draw conclusions and useful information and forming their own approach in museum management, especially related to financial issues. Dutch museums have a good reputation for having dealt with strategic and financial matters very successfully. This know-how would be well appreciated. Croatian culture and museums are, like all transitional countries, in difficulties because of two reasons: new requirements for effectiveness and severe cuts in state subsidies. Recent fervent discussions on the so called Museum Law got into the media due to the radical proposal of, de facto, mercantilizing museums; The Ministry that proposed the law pushes museums towards self generated revenue. Intended result of the conference are exchange of experience and know-how, dialogue, discussions, case studies, advancement of profession, sharing insights into best practices and networking.

More information can be found:

http://www.thebestinheritage.com/conference/programme/post-conference

Conference lecturers:
Tomislav Šola, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Toine Berbers, Dutch Museums Association, Germany
Luka Cipek, Europa Nostra, Netherlands
At Geerdinu, N/A, N/A
Antonius Paulus Theopile Berbers, N/A, N/A
Irene Gerrits, National Archives of the Netherlands, Netherlands