Museums and Identities

ICOM Austria, ICOM Czech Republic, ICOM Slovakia, ICOM Poland and Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów

warmly invites to attend the 2nd Seminar in a cycle

“Planning an extended museum” Museums and Identities


The seminar will be held on 21st – 23rd November
in Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów, Warsaw.

Abstract submission deadline: closed

Registration runs from 30 May until October 31


„Museums and landscapes are an essential element of humanity’s physical, natural, social and symbolic environment.” Based on this first sentence from the ICOM Resolution of the 24th  ICOM General Conference in Milano 2016 “The Responsibility of Museums Towards Landscape” we want to continue the discussion initiated during the first Seminar in 2017, about the impact museums have and how they react to the landscape that surrounds them, urban or rural. What particular responsibility for protecting this natural heritage and to promote sustainable development do museums have?

But the term „Landscape” also implies other perspectives: How are museums influencing the cultural, social, economic or political identity of the area and society they are situated in? They choose what objects are collected, presented and protected, what stories are told and how. They define what is handed on to future generations. “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility” to quote Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt and Spider-Man. Therefor we want to question the role of governmental authorities or financial sponsor and how they might influence the presentation or content of exhibitions. How do museums react to financial dependencies or state-ideologies?



Registration fee: 100 PLN

Fee includes: conference materials, lunch, coffee breaks and dinners Registration via website:

Contact: e-mail:

tel: +48 22 544 28 55, +48 22 544 28 54

Place of the Seminar:

Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów

Stanisława Kostki Potockiego Street 10/16

02-958 Warsaw




Publication: Selection of lectures will be published



Seminar “Museums and Identities” 21st -23rd November

PROGRAMME (time-frame)

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

10.00-12.00: Registration

12.00-14.00: Opening of the Seminar: Museums facing identities – introduction.

14.00-16.00: Session 1: Perspectives: Different Identities and Missions of Museums

16.00: Coffee break

16.30-18.30: Session 2: Neighbors: Impact of Museums on Cultural Landscapes and Social Networks

18.30: Dinner at Villa Intrata (Historic culinary re-enactment)

Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018

10.00-13.00: Session 3: Politics: Museums in Historical and Contemporary Context

13.00-14.30: Lunch

14.30-16.00: Session 4: Nature: Environmental Impact of Museums

16.00: Coffee break

16.30-18.30: Session 5: Economy: Impact of Museums on Local Development & Financial Sustainability

18.30: Dinner at Villa Intrata (Historic culinary re-enactment)

Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

10.00-13.00: Session 6: European Union: Impact of Museums on European Identity

13.00-14.30: Lunch

14.30-16.00: Discussion, closing of seminar