MUSEUMS AND SOCIETY
”A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.”
The ICOM definition of a museum is clear and includes the role of museums as active social agents in raising awareness about the challenges we face today and in promoting positive changes in society.
The role of a social agent involves the inclusion of local communities, promoting unheard voices and correcting mistakes in our common understanding of the past. This work is rewarding and challenging and there is a need to learn from each other.
This website is the English version of museumsetikk.no, a Norwegian database of various museum projects, tips on relevant literature as well as courses and seminars.
The purpose is to help more museums work as active social agents.