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May 10, 2021

INTERCOM CHAIR ADVOCATES EU FUNDING FOR MUSEUM STORAGES

INTERCOM CHAIR ADVOCATES EU FUNDING FOR MUSEUM STORAGES

TOP CHALLENGES OF MUSEUMS ARE DISCUSSED ON THE INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY

INTERCOM Chair Goranka Horjan has been dealing with the issues of museum storages for over 20 years. After mapping the conditions in museum storages in the region of South East Europe and implementation of the ICOM co-funded projects TIEM and RE-ORG in close cooperation with ICCROM some improvements have been made but the new opportunities are seen in EU projects.  The first new museum storage which was built with the help of EU funding in Croatia was in Klanjec. Horjan successfully applied for the refurbishment of the building for the new Studio of the Antun Augustinčić Gallery and saw the opportunity for other museums as well.

Within the implementation of the project of the Ethnographic Museum “Reconstruction of the abandoned building of the National Brewery in Kačićeva Street” a conference on museum storages will take place on the International Museum Day in order to draw the attention of the media and decision-makers. The museum project on refurbishing the 2400m2 building in the city centre for the depot is co-financed from EU within the ITU mechanism for the reconstruction of brownfield sites of the Urban Agglomeration of Zagreb is a good model to follow. “After the global pandemic hit the country in 2020 followed by two devastating earthquakes it is crucial to inform the public about the need to take care of museum collections which are national treasures” says Horjan “and the EU funding will help the museum to properly store valuable heritage for future generations and make collections accessible to citizens”. The project is implemented by the Ethnographic Museum as a beneficiary and the City of Zagreb as a partner. The co-organizers of the professional conference are: Museum Documentation Centre, Museum of Arts and Crafts, Croatian National Committee of ICOM and INTERCOM. Participation in the conference is free and will be held on the ZOOM platform. More about the conference at: www.emz.hr.

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