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Fears over editorial freedom as heritage bodies summoned to discuss contested history

The UK government announced a summit to discuss contested history that has some concerned about the editorial integrity of the museum s…

How Chinese Museums Closed and Reopened During COVID-19

What Chinese museums did during their month-long closure Almost all Chinese museums closed immediately on January 24, only one day after the city of Wuhan locked down, to reduce the risk of …

International Museum Day 2020 Goes Digital and Spotlights “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion”

From celebrating tribal traditions in Kenya to reconnecting with immigrant roots in Taiwan, tens of thousands of museums all over the world held International Museum Day activities in 2019. …

Decolonizing the Future: museums as agents of generational equity

“We treat the future like a distant colonial outpost devoid of people, where we can freely dump ecological degradation, technological risk, nuclear waste and public debt, and that we feel …

The battle to rebuild centuries of science after an epic inferno

Nearly a year after flames consumed Brazil's National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, researchers are struggling to revive their work and resume their lives. Nearly a year after flames consumed …

Lessons in Cross-Cultural Partnerships for Mid-Sized Museums

On paper, the relationship between Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) and the Dordrecht Museum in the Netherlands looks like a typical museum partnership. For our recent exhibition Life in the …

An International Experience at #AAM2019

After moving back to Europe from America in 2016, I had never been able to come visit until last month. That’s when I flew all the way to New Orleans to attend this year’s Annual …

Designing for a Divided People: Planning the permanent exhibition for the Kurdistan Museum, Erbil

“The next generation do not know about it. I talk to them, but it’s not like a film. If I tell them it may not stick, this way is more permanent.” Najiba Ahmad Hakeem, Kanitu Village, …

Turning Geo-Spatial Museum Data into a Soft Power Evaluation Tool

One of the best things about working for the Alliance is the chance to meet interesting people who drop by our offices to chat about their work. One recent visitor was Dr. Natalia …

Returning looted artefacts will finally restore heritage to the brilliant cultures that made them

European museums are under mounting pressure to return the irreplaceable artefacts plundered during colonial times. As an archaeologist who works in Africa, this debate has a very real …

AAM Spotlight: Wesam Mohamed, Curator at Ministry of Antiquities, Egypt

Through support from the Getty Foundation, Wesam Mohamed was able to attend the 2018 AAM Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. Hear about her journey as a museum professional and how the …

European museums may loan back some works stolen from former colonies

August 17 Nearly every Western European capital has a massive, monolithic museum designed to project an image of national might and instill ordinary citizens with patriotic pride through …
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